This video is worth 12 minutes of your time.
Here are your rights as an American citizen.
The Fourth Amendment
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
A search and seizure by a law enforcement officer without a search warrant and without probable cause to believe that evidence of a crime is present. Such a search or seizure is unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment (applied to the states by the Fourteenth Amendment), and evidence obtained from the unlawful search may not be introduced in court.
Not only does the Tennessee Highway Patrol not understand the Fourth Amendment, they can’t even figure out why they’re hassling this guy who’s just trying to get from point A to point B.
This is a telling exchange.
Citizen: What am I being arrested for, sir?
Officer: Well sir, like we told you back there man, you’re being arrested for not showing us a driver’s license.
Citizen: You can’t arrest me for not showing a driver’s license.
Officer: Yes we can, sir.
Citizen: I thought I was being charged for not having a license.
Officer: That’s what I just said.
I look forward to finding out more about this case. The man driving the Jeep specifically said he did not consent to a search – and then the police searched his Jeep. I’d like to know if they had a warrant, or if they granted themselves an exception from following the law. Because apparently in Tennessee, the State Patrol is above the law?
This is a shameful way for police officers to behave, especially when this kind of thing has already been ruled unconstitutional by the Tennessee Supreme Court.
If you’d like to reach out to the Tennessee State Highway Patrol, this is the man driving that clown car.
Feel free to demand his license.