Chicago police pepper spray over 10,000 motorists in 1 year

Rearview gun search.” It might sound funny, but that’s what one typical police car loudspeaker says as police cars circulate a small group of drivers in Chicago. While the vast majority of encounters between…

Chicago police pepper spray over 10,000 motorists in 1 year

Rearview gun search.” It might sound funny, but that’s what one typical police car loudspeaker says as police cars circulate a small group of drivers in Chicago. While the vast majority of encounters between officers and drivers are posed as “courtesy stops,” who is often the target? A recent report from WBEZ-FM and the Chicago Tribune uncovered an image of a large majority of pedestrian traffic stops in the city are for minor matters such as having a proper vehicle license plate or driving too slowly. In one 90-minute night, 20 percent of motorists were pulled over for expired license plates, or for tailgating too closely. Just 1 percent of that police activity was for a simple seat belt violation, as officers often carried a gun and pointed it at the driver as justification for the stop. Police are often accompanied by cash officers who are looking for money to purchase prescription drugs, and the drivers they arrest often don’t have money on them, making it easy for the drivers to offer them whatever they needed to avoid criminal charges. “Money in this system becomes a drug system,” says Guglielmi. The Illinois legislature is considering legislation that would allow drivers who are stopped for license plate or license violation to refuse a car search. Read more at https://wbez.org/news/article/48302578/cuicago-crists-high-rates-corporal-arrests-motorists-unaccompanied-by-cash

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