Via 7News Boston:
The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the State Police seeking the release of a videotape that shows a traffic stop involving illegal immigrants.
The videotape shows the first five minutes of a 70-minute stop on Interstate 95 in July by a trooper who pulled over a van with 14 Guatemalan immigrants after the driver failed to use a turn signal.
Trooper Thomas Chabot detained the 14 people and brought them to Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Providence, where they now face deportation. An internal investigation reported that Chabot acted appropriately.
The ACLU and civil-rights organizations raised concerns of racial profiling, and pushed for release of the videotape and copies of the department's policies governing enforcement procedures.
So what’s the ACLU’s reason for concern?
The ACLU, in a statement, said there are questions, including "why the trooper, who was on speed radar patrol, chose to leave his post to pull over the driver of this particular vehicle, whose only infraction was failing to use a turn signal, not speeding."
Understandable. How dare the police pull someone over for breaking a law. Especially since the arresting officer was not actually assigned to look for illegal turns.
To understand the absurdity here … one would have to believe a traffic cop who witnesses a person stabbing an elderly woman on the side of the road would not be allowed to make an arrest, due to the fact that the officer is on duty looking for speeders. So, based on the ACLU’s complaint … a police force would now have to assign individual officers to specific offenses and then limit them to arrests on those offenses only.
What worries me about this story is not that the ACLU is so pathetic and corrupt to file such a lawsuit, but more-so that there’s a fair chance that they’ll actually find some quack liberal judge to rule in their favor.