April 7, 2012

To Serve, Protect, & Strip Search you for failure to use your Turn Signal.

America just got a little less America.

“The Supreme Court this week rejected the constitutional challenge of Albert Florence, who was twice subjected to invasive strip searches after he was wrongfully arrested for a traffic fine. Hear the story behind Florence v. Burlington.” (video at bottom)

Yup, it’s true.

Our most conservative in history Supreme Court just threw a little bit of liberty out the window, and (if you’re fined for littering, say) is gonna let police officers—who We the People pay and empower to serve and protect us—stripsearch us at will. Unlike the rest of the world.

No exaggeration:

it ruled, rather, that the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of unreasonable searches did not forbid them.

…people may be strip-searched after arrests for violating a leash law, driving without a license and failing to pay child support…driving with a noisy muffler, failing to use a turn signal and riding a bicycle without an audible bell.

…A nun was strip-searched, he wrote, after an arrest for trespassing during an antiwar demonstration. …click any part of the excerpt to read the rest at the NY Times.


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