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New Research Supports the Notion That There’s No Such Thing as a “Consensual” Police Encounter

By Justin Peters | Posted Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at 3:55 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that police officers can briefly detain and search a person if they have a reasonable, articulable suspicion that he or she is committing, has committed, or is about to commit a crime. But cops need no such reasonable, articulable suspicions to engage people in consensual encounters: interactions that a reasonable person would feel free to decline or terminate at any time. Ordinary people are free to stop and talk to strangers, the thinking goes. Why should police officers be denied the same privilege?

And yet, as I’ve written before, a consensual police encounter is often anything but. Cops have guns, and handcuffs, and the power to arrest you or make your life difficult if you are rude or uncooperative. If a cop asks for a moment of our time, most of us will automatically give it, even if we know that we technically have the right to refuse.

This seems obvious, if you think about it. But there hasn’t been much research done to substantiate the theory. A new article in the Florida Coastal Law Review attempts to fill that gap. The article, titled “Testing Judicial Assumptions of the ‘Consensual’ Encounter: An Experimental Study” (it’s not yet online), provides some evidence supporting the contention that consensual police encounters are often less consensual than they seem.

Authors Alisa L. Smith, Erik Dolgoff, and Dana Stewart Speer engineered unexpected encounters between 83 undergraduate students at a “medium-sized, southern private university” and various campus security officers, who were instructed to approach the students and request a conversation in which they would ask for the students’ names, identification, and reasons for being on campus. The security officers did not openly state that the conversation was voluntary. But Smith and her co-authors note that if “at any point during the encounter a participant ignored, walked away from, or raised questions about the encounter, security was instructed to do nothing or advise the passersby that they were under no obligation to comply.”


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Louisiana Governor: ‘Racism persists because minorities cling to their heritage’

In commemoration for the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, Politico ran an op-ed penned by Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal (R). Jindal stated that racism is “one of the more tragic features of the human condition.”

From Raw Story:

“I do believe however, that while racism still rears its ugly head from time to time, America has made significant progress in the half century since Dr. King’s incredible speech,” he wrote. “But not all the news is good. In another respect, we have taken some steps backward.”

Jindal also said that minorities are just clinging to their heritage and place too much emphasis on “separateness”. “We live in the age of hyphenated Americans: Asian-Americans, Italian-Americans, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans, Indian-Americans, and Native Americans, to name just a few.”

“Here’s an idea: How about just ‘Americans?’ That has a nice ring to it, if you ask me. Placing undue emphasis on our ‘separateness’ is a step backward. Bring back the melting pot,” the governor opined.

Racism rears its ugly head from time to time?

Well that’s news to me. Because racism rears its ugly head a lot in this country.

But if you want to praise Jindal for being the first “Indian-American governor”, then he’ll gladly accept his hyphenated status.

In an interview, NBC host David Gregory praised Jindal for being “the first Indian-American governor.”

“I want my children to have those same opportunities,” Jindal replied. “This is the greatest country in the history of the world.”

So minorities, stop clinging to your heritage, because according to Jindal, you’re the ones that are actually making racism thrive.


So, minorities will be better off if they just transform themselves into a different shaded version of White people...

Whatever you say, Piyush. Oh, I'm sorry, "Bobby."

Wingers don't believe in "points"

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