This post was submitted by Casey Bowles who’s soliciting your input on how to best-handle a fishing expedition – something I’m sure many of us have experienced.
Today, while visiting the small North Dakota town of Lincoln to search for an apartment, I was pulled over by a Lincoln policeman. What was my crime, you might ask? Apparently, I was driving too slowly, going only 35 mph in a 45 mph zone and was therefore a traffic hazard. Also, I had California plates.on my car so therefore I was “suspicious”. Now mind you, the cop had made a U-turn to pursue my slow driving, and there were two other local officers within several blocks who had other likely criminals pulled over. This in a rural, goat roping ND podunkeville. The “officer” asked for license, registration, and proof of insurance, and when I questioned him for reason for the traffic stop, he stated that I only needed to comply, and that I was driving too slowly. He further proceeded to lecture me about how he could ticket me if he felt like it, and how, since I had prior military service, I should be used to obeying orders from those in authority. He demanded an explanation of my purpose for being in the town along with wanting to know the contents of my vehicle. In the end, he let me go without any ticket or even warning; this was obviously a fishing expedition.
My question for the audience is: what if anything can be done, and how can I take effective action against the city for which this cretin works? In my mind, the only way to get the attention of public servants such as that one is by hitting them in the pocketbook. My wife was with me as well, and witnessed the whole incident.
Lincoln, ND Police Department
74 Santee Rd
Lincoln, ND 58504