Illegal search from ’03 haunting me in ’12.

This story comes to us once again from our submissions tabs. I found this one disturbing for multiple reasons, but it boils down to the fact that only life can sound so crazy and our government is not simply not equipped to help most people, people who have bad things happen to them and then get steamrolled by the system. Not to mention how many times in this story that the police don’t follow their own procedures. Forget that Randy was breaking the law by driving on a suspended license, why was he then allowed to drive away? One of the points of this story is that without consistency, the American people have every reason to fear a police force whose foot-soldiers can change their mind about what orders they do and do not feel like following that day. Don’t forget, your encounter with a police officer can go good or bad depending on whether or not his or her donuts were or were not stale that morning.  I’m always surprised by how many stories I see just like this one in the submissions of Copblock. Keep submitting your stories and we’ll keep spreading the word.

-Ethan

 

Long story here, so I’ll try to be as clear and to the point as possible.

A Deputy had stopped me while I was driving for having a license plate light out, and he charged me with driving on a suspended license. He was convinced, at that time, that I was in possession of drugs, and after a long drawn out argument over whether I was gonna let him search, I allowed the search to prevent my truck from being towed. He allowed me, with a suspeneded license, to drive my truck away from the scene once I complied to the search. It was a good deal, so I took it. He found nothing on his search, and I went to court to answer for driving on suspended.

One month later, with my wife driving, we were stopped by the same deputy. This time it was for speeding. 38 in a 35, pathetic.
He had us both on the side of the road taking off layers of clothes in search of drugs. I gave him what he was looking for and he once again let us go with the car. This time I got charged with possession of marijuana and paraphenalia. My wife received a warning. Both of my cases were dropped because of illegal search.

Now fast forward to April this year.

My wife and I were shopping at a large department store. I accidentally placed a baseball that had fallen on the floor along with the display into my coat pocket. When I was picking up the balls that had fallen, it seems I placed one in my pocket. Not only did the baseball end up in my pocket, I was witnessed “stealing” this baseball.
My phone rang it was bad news about my mother in law.

We proceeded to check out and were in a hurry.

I was stopped, arrested and booked into the county jail on 500 dollar bond. I bonded out, and proceeded to get a pre-trial diversion. The prosecutor told me that they cannot stand by and let the law be broken in the community.

I signed the pre-trial diversion without knowing that one of the stipulations of my diversion is to under go a drug abuse evaluation. I was floored that they could add stipulations onto this sort of document.

I feel as though the crimes against me and my wife that were thrown out of court are now being used to further the cause of the current prosecutors office, whose major source of income is the drug abuse industry.

I use cannabis for chronic pain relief, along with my neuro-stim-implant. The combo is the best and safest regimen I’ve been on.

I do not use drugs, other than the medicine that betters my life, no street drugs.

I feel that by submitting to their “evaluation” it will label me as a drug abuser and hinder my life, not better it.

Not sure how to proceed, thanks for reading, I hope it made sense and the gist of my point of persecution comes through in the words.

-Randy


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