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Police Handcuff Drivers in 19 Cars in Search of a Bank Robber

Written by Gary North on June 7, 2012

Adults in 19 cars were stopped, taken out of their cars, and handcuffed for two hours because the police had a tip that there was a bank robber in one of the cars. He was.

The police had no description of the bank robber or his car.

The issue legally was “probable cause.” Is it legal to arrest innocent people, when the police know that, statistically, they are innocent?

For how long may they be kept in detention?

Is it legal to handcuff every adult in a long line of cars? On what basis?

The police were tipped off that a bank robber was in the line of cars. He was.

Does a tip constitute probable cause? The police had no description of the bank robber. So, they barricaded the intersection and arrested everyone at the stop sign.

I find it interesting that every person granted permission. It seems as though citizens are remarkably compliant. They put a low value on their time.

The news media reported: “The search lasted between an hour and a half and two hours, and it wasn’t until the final car was searched that police apprehended the suspect.”

This indicates sharp police work. After he was arrested, the police ceased looking for him, so the robber’s car was the final one searched.

The media reported: “the other people who had been held at the intersection were allowed to leave once the suspect was apprehended.” Again, this indicates good police work. Once they arrested the bank robber, everyone else was allowed to leave. The police did not take the others to the police station.

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18 thoughts on “Police Handcuff Drivers in 19 Cars in Search of a Bank Robber

  1. The police have a tip that a suspected murderer lives somewhere in Los Angeles, California….

    You can fill in the rest of the story now.

  2. Taquoshi says:

    I can understand why they would want to have those in the cars and their occupants at the intersection detained, but handcuffed??? Whatever happened to "innocent until proven guilt"?

  3. Doris Carman says:

    Good jab. Of course the citizens were compliant. Good chance of being killed otherwise.

  4. As much as I hate this kind of "everyone is guilty until cleared" situation, I have to reserve judgement. There are too many unanswered questions that we may never know.
    How is it they were certain that the suspect was indeed in that group of cars?
    How did they handle the situation to reduce risk to the innocent detainees?
    How did they minimize the time necessary to find and arrest the suspect?
    If all the answers to these are positive, then I commend the police for their actions and how they handled a very unusual situation.
    If the answers point to risky and hot shot behavior, that's another story.
    Apparently they were polite as they received 100% compliance. Of course anyone there would have also known that if they refused they would still be subject to cuffing and search, just under worse conditions.

    The paradox is simple. If we don't trust the police to make good judgements for our safety, then we shouldn't issue them guns. The bottom line is: Make sure you elect a Police Commissioners with the integrity to ensure he has the right men on the job.
    If you don't do that, you get what you asked for.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The time for vigilante action is soon.

  6. mooseairborne says:

    They had better never try this with me and that is all I have to say about that.

  7. Dr. Barbara says:

    That went out the window with the rest of our rights.

  8. Dr. Barbara says:

    This is why I try never ever never to go to Metro Denver! The people there are for the most part liberal nuts–including the cops.

  9. AD Roberts says:

    Polite? Are you kidding? The stories of police abuse are legion. A man was shot and killed because the officer saw that he "had" a gun. But get this. HE WAS SHOT IN THE BACK.

    People these days fear the police. They know that rambo wants to maintain his power over people so he hired in as a police officer. And then, when one of their number does something really stupid, the black police chief will fire ALL the officers

    Our civilization is crumbling. And it is because our government officials no longer are accountible for their actions.

  10. AD Roberts says:

    So smarty, who are you going to vote for when every candidate is a piece of work? The system is run by corrupt. And the commissioner hires his thugs. LOL

    You are believing a fairy tale. Your idea went away in the 60's.

  11. jammin2011 says:

    Was the robber armed? I would not mind being detained to stop a criminal. What would you have done? It's always easy to judge when you're not the one making the decision. We're safer now because this person was apprehended.

  12. sean murry says:

    i would sue for false arrest.

  13. EHeassler, USN-Ret. says:

    All of those people detained would have been within their legal right to have declined a permissive vehicle search and would have been smart to have done so. If you didn't rob a banik, then their is no reason to let the authorities search your vehicle and the burden of proof falls upon them to establish probable cause. I no longer have complete faith in the police to follow the laws that we pay them to enforce.

  14. With NDAA the police will eventually be able to arrest you for no reason and keep you indefinitely. We can thank our republicans for that.

  15. I just read the full story!The only clue seemingly was that this guy(robberdude)apparently was found with 2 loaded firearms in his vehicle!Now would'nt that have been just great to have been in that line of cars with loaded firearms and a concealed handgun license?If the over zealous cops would not have shot the chl holder first off -I'm certain that the chl holder would have been well abused for carrying out his LAWFULLY granted rights,his weapons confiscated and his/her vehicle impounded,lawyer fees,and of course the police would have no culpability as the were just doing their JOB!This legal system is broken-typo soviet union or other third world police tactics!

  16. What happens if there is a report of malfeasance at the police station? Do all the cops get sent home without pay until the IAD firgures out if the story is true, and who the villain is?

    But the Republicans said that NONAMERICAN citizens could be arrested and held indefinitely. It was OBAMA the TRAITOR who issue an executive order giving himself (without benefit of a vote in Congress) the right to detain AAMERICANS indefinitely.

    Nest you'll be blaming George Bush for Stalin's 1928 massacre of the Kulaks.

    Denial is symptom of neurosis. . Blaming someone else is a symptom of psychosis.

    Welcome to the Democratic Party of the 21st Century.

  17. Not sure if you're correct about the Repub vs Obama. They voted for the bill. I think that the language was what it was. Don't think that Obama changed anything.

  18. TRUTHTELLER says:

    Never argue with a guy who has a gun strapped to his waist. It ensures life.

    On the other hand, the Natzi SS would line up whole villagees, men, women, children, everyone, to find the guilty party.
    If nobody squealed, they'ed shoot a couple at a time, until somone did.