"Law enforcement officers now are part of the revenue gathering system," Carson tells me in a phone interview. "The ranks of cops are young and competitive, they’re in competition with one another and intra-departmentally. It becomes a game. Policing isn’t about keeping streets safe, it’s about statistical success. The question for them is, Who can put the most people in jail?"
Police these days do not need consent to search your person or your vehicle. They *always* have the right to search the "immediate vicinity" for "weapons." They can do this at any time during a stop/interaction. That's why in the older days, the standard advice for auto stops used to be, get out of your vehicle, *lock the doors*, and present your papers. In that case, they *did not* have the automatic consent to search the immediate accessible area for weapons (not immediately accessible = no threat of weapons). They needed your consent or a warrant first
For instance, if you're all construction workers car-pooling on the way home from a job site, someone in the car should wear a hard hat.
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