RIGHTS VIOLATED; Monroe County, Michigan

A Guest submission from a Cop Block supporter describing their police encounter and arrest.

On Tuesday August 23rd, 2011, at approximately 12:38 Eastern Standard time, I was pulled over for speeding in Monroe County Michigan, about 30 miles south of Detroit. I was only doing 74 mph in a 70 mph zone. I had California license plates as I was on a road trip from California across the country.
An illegal search performed by Officer Thomas Murphy (Sergeant) resulted in my arrest under a concealed weapon charge.

A drug dog was used to sniff the outside of my car. Officer Murphy said the K9 alerted, to which I did not hear a bark or see the dog do anything. The police report states it alerted on my trunk, which I have never had drugs in. Later my lawyer notified me that the dash cam video was NOT WORKING so the only footage and audio was what I took, which helped me to get the plea bargain I took. I was also reported to Homeland Security.

In jail the 2nd day, I was brought into an office and questioned by a Homeland Security employee and one from the Secret Service.

I had some “The Obama Deception” burnt DVDs inside my car and other items the police and Homeland Security deemed “suspicious.”

In the police report the “unknown liquid” found in my trunk was olive oil used for cooking that I had in my survival kit along with zip ties, rope and other such items you may need for example to build a home in the wilderness.
I was asked my whole life story including my family, career, mental health, views on Obama and our country. I was entirely cooperative, in part, because as an Innocent man I don’t want to be shipped off to Guantanamo or something of that nature.
After giving my whole life information to these two men and the next day showing footage of my travels such as filming in Washington D.C., they seemed satisfied. They left and it seemed I was only left with my concealed weapon charge.
The conditions at the Monroe County jail were in some ways inhumane to me but I will not get into these details unless asked.

Because the officer used a canine to say he sniffed drugs on my car it was a case that could not be easily dismissed and instead of having to fly back and forth from California to Michigan I decided to take a plea bargain for a Misdemeanor of “Improper possession of firearm in motor vehicle.”

The whole incident which is in violation of my rights (specifically those stated in the 2nd and 4th amendment) cost my family and I over $15,000 for legal defense, bail and travel expenses.

A copy of the police report Here


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