UNBELIEVABLE! Police Handcuff And Search Random Citizens While Searching For Bank Robber – And No One Seems To Mind!

Posted on June 5, 2012


Colorado (The Gaslamp Post) – In a morbid display of utter sheep-dom, people attempting to pass through a certain intersection, voluntarily gave up their rights and allowed themselves to be searched and detained.  Why?  Because police were looking for a robbery suspect but had no idea what that particular thief looked like.

According to ABC News (yes, I’m aware of the irony), police in Aurora, Colorado, had set up a dragnet of sorts, that they hoped would catch a bank robber, believed to have pulled an earlier heist.  Police reportedly stopped every car traveling along one particular street, pulled the adult occupants from said cars, hand cuffed them, and searched the vehicles.

Yes, this really happened.  4th Amendment?  Hello?  Are you out there?

19 cars in all were reported to have been stopped and detained, as police acting on a tip from a “reliable” source, believed that the suspected robber was in one of those cars.  I did mention that officers had no idea who they were searching for, right?

One woman described the way her car was cut off and boxed in by police cruisers.  “Cops came in from every direction and just threw their car in front of my car,” said Sonya Romero.

The searched and detentions continued for an hour and a half, until, yep you guessed it, they found their suspect.  The suspect was said to have items in his vehicle which police are calling “evidence”, as well as two loaded firearms.

Once the cops had their man, all detained persons were said to have been released.  Even though the police department has received some criticism over this tactic, they’re still patting themselves on the back. 

“It’s hard to say what normal is in a situation like this when you haven’t dealt with a situation like this,” said Officer Frank Fania to ABC News. “The result of the whole ordeal is that it paid off. We have arrested and charged a suspect.”

(h/t:  ABC News, Drudge Report)