The Pot Brothers on Traffic Stops

Here’s some more good advice from the California attorneys known as the Pot Brothers.  If police have stopped you for a traffic stop I would recommend you follow the advice given in this video.  Just like in California, you can refuse a field sobriety test but once you are taken to the station if you refuse a blood, urine or breathalyzer test you will lose your license.  I’m not sure how long your license will be suspended  in Texas.

Another thing we recommend is that you film the interaction between you and the officer.  It’s unfortunate that this is what is needed to verify your claims of what happened but until police officers are held to account for their actions and accept that their actions were wrong it will continue to be a necessary defense especially for minorities.

Take for example what happened to Ryan Brown of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  (Click here for the Gazette news article on the Brown arrest).  Ryan Brown was pulled from his car at gunpoint.  The crime?  A cracked windshield.  The video aided in winning the profiling lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of Ryan and his brother.  However, the police department still claims they did nothing wrong.  They investigated themselves and determined their actions were justified.  What a surprise.

The ACLU has some good information on what you can and cannot film.  Click here for their guidelines.

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