CRM308 – Week 5: the Police
Monday, February 10 , 2014
- We are at a crossroads as to how police are viewed and how they act with the public; a
large part of this has to do with video cameras
• In the past, it used to be police’s words VS client’s words = with no real proof, the
police would often be believed
- We are in a time now where police have to explain what they are doing, and why they
are doing it (preventative policing, community policing, etc.)
• Police just like getting information
- In terms of interaction, where is the line drawn in terms of making sure they are
respecting civil liberties while still carrying out their duties?
- Sometimes, when you try to exercise your rights, it may cause suspicion. When you
deny the police to a search your backpack or you don’t stop to talk to the police, it builds
suspicion. How do you exercise your right then?
• Generally police can’t really stop you when you’re just walking down the street.
They have no legal authority
- Cars are a different story. S. 216 – in the lawful execution of his/her duties, can stop any
car, even if it is just to check the valid registration, valid license, insurance, working car,
• DWB – driving while black
• You cannot prevent this; you can prove abuse of their power, but that’s it
- Videos at the roadside seem like an easy solution, but the police officers are opposed to
- 99 Problems video
• Refusing to get out of the car; refusing to open the trunk or glove compartment
unless they have a warrant