Officers: Have you EVER lied or know a fellow officer who lied to make a case?
I don’t mean lying as in “Tell us what we need to know, it will be easier that way” or “We have you on tape” when you don’t just to get a confession. All those would be perfectly legal.
Have you or your fellow officers ever lied to justify probable cause. A common lie I hear about is “I smelled marijuana” or “I smelled alcohol on his breath” as justification to search the vehicle when the person was never drunk or high.
Another lie I hear about is an officer who finds drugs and or paraphernalia in a locked glove box, yet doctors the report to say he found it under the center console or other perfectly legal place to search (Some states it is perfectly legal to search it anyway, but for arguments sake assume this is a state that does not allow searching there).
I understand I have the right to deny a search, but I am constantly told that the officer will “find a way” to search you i.e. make up something.
Have you or your fellow officers ever gone as far as to hold up such a lie under oath in a court of law?
Please be honest. If it makes you feel better make another account. This is not an attack on law enforcement. I just want to know if my civil rights really meaningless in real life. Are most cops honest and stay within the bounds and constraints of the law?
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