October 1, 2021 | View PDF
Nearly everybody understands the concepts of trespass—the violation of other people’s bodies and property. It can range from the petty (walking across one’s lawn) to more serious (hunting or fishing without permission) to the outright criminal (theft and vandalism).
Most people understand that we should respect each other’s property, as well as their right to peacefully enjoy it without outside interference. Unfortunately, there are some who do not.
One of the popular misconceptions is that public officials can legally violate this ethic with impunity to carry out their so-called “duties.” And as time has progressed, these violations have increased.
Back in the 1990’s, Mrs. Larry Wayne Attaway was at home and noticed some suspicious people outside with rulers and clipboards prowling around and measuring her barns, chicken coops, and rabbit cages. She asked them what they were doing. They said they were measuring them for tax assessment. They claimed that any structure over four feet tall was a taxable outbuilding.
Mrs. Attaway was angry. They had not asked for any permission to come onto her property. She told them to leave immediately.
A few weeks later, The Attaways received a notice that their property had been re-assessed and taxed with a serious increase. Larry called the tax office and asked some pointed questions.
Larry reconfigured his rabbit cages to under four feet. Then he hit them for the tax on his house; it was underground, and no part of it (skylights, chimneys, etc.) exceeded four feet. For the following two or three years, Larry wrangled a large tax deduction, until the county adjusted its definition of taxable property.
Today, the COVID scaremongers are cranking up some serious violations to promote and attempt to force-feed the new experimental vaccines. Eagle Forum organizer, Becky Gerritson, has recently posted this notice to deal with “official” trespassers that includes information from KrisAnne Hall, JD in this informational box …
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Perhaps the most hideous form of “official” trespass is law enforcement attempting to search motorists’ vehicles at traffic stops. At first, one might think that he has nothing to hide and that everything will turn out fine. In many cases, that could be true. But considering that very mundane objects and substances can be claimed as contraband, allowing a search can be very risky. “Oops, that cop thought that bit of spilled flour on the floor was cocaine. He also found my friend’s empty beer can. Now I’m stuck in jail for several days or longer praying for some family or friends to come bail me out.”
Furthermore, searches result in the destruction of motorists’ cars and their contents. Police have frequently ripped the interiors and tossed all of the luggage and other items onto the highway, even in the rain. Then when they finished, they would not even help pick it up and return it to the vehicle.
According to many hundreds of online posts on this topic, practically every last one explicitly states that allowing a search is foolhardy. “You have everything to lose, and absolutely nothing to gain.” Most of them have been written by the victims of searches.
In 1992, Wes Carter, with all of his possessions, was returning to his home in east Tennessee after nearly six years in the Navy. “I was passing through Kingsport, TN sometime during the middle of the night in my 1987 Dodge Shadow with a full trunk, back seat, and a couple of guitars in the passenger seat. It was drizzling rain and very wet outside. A young Kingsport city policeman pulled me over and asked several questions about where I was going, what was I doing out so late, and if I had anything in my car he should know about. I told him that I was on my way home after completing my enlistment in the Navy, and that I had nothing illegal in my car. A second police car showed up.
“The young officer asked if I cared if he took a look inside my car. I told him to go ahead. He had me sit in his car while he and the other officer removed everything from my car and placed it in the emergency lane on Highway
11-W.... Everything I owned was wet. Clothes, guitars, cameras, tools, and all of my paperwork.”
Suddenly, the cops got called to investigate a traffic accident. They left Wes on the side of the busy, unlighted road with the task of re-loading all of his soaking wet (and likely damaged) personal belongings all by himself. “I have nothing to hide, but I no longer believe that I have nothing to lose if I give permission for cops to search with no probable cause. It will not happen again.”
Stephen Link, J.D. from SIU School of Law, said, “There is zero benefit to you for letting this happen and you open yourself for a search that could take a few minutes to an hour plus. It’s nothing but an inconvenience to you, and you get exactly nothing out of consenting.If you’ve ever had anyone else in the car, you can’t honestly be sure there isn’t anything illegal in it. Maybe someone was carrying something…. Congrats on your new possession charge.”
Retired truck driver O J Simmons, said, “For us Law Abiding citizens… No, No, No, Never ever, EVER give police consent to search.”
Former Retired Police Officer/chief of Police, Luther Kim, said, “Not only no, but Hell No… never, never consent to a search…. You have a RIGHT to be free from unreasonable searches. Don’t give up that right!
Teacher Teddie Allen, said, “When some kid cop wants to search my car, I tell him no, absolutely not. There's no reason for it, and there's better things you can be doing with your time…. like stopping actual crime.”
Tom Smith said, “NEVER voluntarily allow a search of ANY kind. Do you know why cops will tell you to empty your pockets? Because they CAN’T reach in your pockets without a WARRANT! By YOU emptying your pockets you are AGREEING to a voluntary search. If cops come to your house for ANY
reason, DO NOT LET THEM IN! Courts have held that by letting them into your home THEY CAN THEN SEARCH YOUR HOME!”
Former Police Officer, Pat Alexander, said, “An unlawful search is a civil rights violation and anything they found would be inadmissible.”
William Thackrey said, “In our legal system, the police are not your friends. They are obliged to tell you that ‘everything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.’ They’re required to tell you that because it is true. You are in an adversarial situation from the very first moment you have a working encounter with a police officer. Their goal is to charge you with a crime if they can. And you are NOT on a level playing field. It is generally illegal for you to lie to police, though it is perfectly legal, and commonplace, for them to lie to you. If you lie to them, even inadvertently, it’s a crime.”
This crusade of “fishing” to convict mostly innocent people via car searches is one of the most unconscionable crimes anyone can imagine. It must be stopped. We are in desperate need of a law that specifically prohibits any law enforcement officers from even asking to search any vehicle for any reason.
1. Should you allow the police to search your car?
2. Why do so many people advise to refuse a cop if the cop asks permission to search your car without warrant? I mean if I have nothing to hide, then why not let the cop search the car?