Elk Grove Officer Illegally Detains McD’s Patrons in Parking Lot

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Date of Incident- June 13, 2015
LEO Involved- Officer Parker #228
Contact- 916-478-8000

Elk Grove Illegal Detention2This interaction occurred at approximately 11pm on a Saturday night- June 13, 2015. A group of my friends and acquaintances met up at a McDonalds to get some food and chatted for a few minutes outside in the parking lot, because the lobby was closing. As we stood outside in the parking lot, an Elk Grove police vehicle drove into the parking lot and began running our plates with his dispatch center. The officer told us that we could not leave and demanded that we show him our driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations, so that he could cite us all for minor vehicle violations.

My understanding is that the parking lot is private property and a peace officer can not conduct a “vehicle stop” (if this is considered a vehicle stop) and detain person(s) on private property for vehicle code violations. There had been no complaint calls about our presence in the parking lot. Our group was not doing anything illegal or disturbing. We were not suspicious. We were simply customers.

Knowing that the cop was acting illegally, I got into my vehicle and attempted to leave. The cop quickly got into his vehicle and called for a backup officer and came right after me. He pulled my vehicle over a few hundred feet from the parking lot where I was originally.

He threatened to take me to jail, claiming that I did not pull over immediately. I informed him that this was because it was unsafe to do so at that moment. After wasting about half an hour of my time on the side of the street, he decided that he would cite me for a simple “no front plate” violation.

A couple weeks later, that officer sent out citations to the owners of other vehicles that he had specifically called out over his radio. I cannot believe this could even be legal.

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  • RaymondbyEllis

    You left out an important piece of information: how old the patrons and which Elk Grove? If this is Elk Grove, California, then the curfew is 22:00 to 06:00 for anyone under 18. That curfew prohibits loitering in any public place or establishment after 22:00. If Elk Grove (village), Illinois, it’s 24:00 Friday and Saturday, then 23:01 all other days for under 17. I could likely find other “Elk Groves”

    And if videos have that info, next time include it in the written portion of your article. Who, what, when, and where are really important in writing a report.

  • Common Sense

    Teachable moment.

  • SacFB6

    All of the patrons in the video where all older then the age of 18 years old. My question is, would you have to pay the $25 correctional fee for the fix it ticket acquired by the officer in the vidoe

  • DOC ROC

    elk grove is not the place to be the cops out here already shot a man in his face while he was handcuffed in back of the eg pd squad car a few years ago and paid him and shut him up. The cop that shot him is still running and gunnin in elk grove just like a gangsters these police be. NOBODY TO ANSWER TO BUT THEMSELVES THAT IS WHY POLICE ARE OUT OF CONTROL NO OVERSIGHT AT ALL.

  • simpleton

    If if if if…..christ, IF my grandma had balls, she’d be grandpa.

  • RAD

    Send him a discovery request. Ask:
    1. Y/N Is there any evidence of a claimant?
    2. What evidence is there of a claimant specifically?

    When they don’t respond , motion to dismiss.

  • RaymondbyEllis

    I prefer “Balls!,” cried the Queen,”if I had to I’d be the King.”

    The details of age and location are important in this article, and a good article should stand alone.

  • RaymondbyEllis

    That pretty much quashes the need for location. Thank you.
    They should have been left undisturbed. I don’t know that his assumptions regarding private property and traffic code violations is correct but still…

    [I only found out recently that some of the inner circle drives at our malls have enforceable, by ticket, stop signs.]

  • RaymondbyEllis

    I have no idea what your second sentence means.

  • RaymondbyEllis

    For whom?

  • RightNow9435

    Not surprised…as those Elk Grove (IL) cops like to give out bogus traffic citations for moving violations also

  • t

    “My understanding…blah blah blah”
    The problem with your “understanding is that none of it is real. As in…you’re wrong.

  • Rose Rogers

    Before you try to front the police, first know your rights, and the exact right they are violating, two make sure you yourself are not breaking any laws, meaning your vehicle is all legal, and lastly know which battles to pick with the police otherwise the point is clearly lost, and when you think you might be right, and decide to challenge the police, the end result will be negative if your not absolutely positive in your approach. These little tit for tat incidents don’t justify police actually acting out of there job scope. Simple…