The contentious police-state tactic of officers stopping random pedestrians for warrantless pat downs is no longer a concern just for residents of New York City. The practice, it seems, is spreading to police departments throughout the Nation.
The Northwest Indiana Times recently reported that police in the area have assembled a “Region STOP Team” headed by Mark Becker, chief of police in East Chicago, Ind. Becker and his team of between 12 and 18 officers patrol various local areas looking for “anything outside the norm” to use as justification to invade residents’ privacy.
“With the new Region STOP Team, no bust — or suspicious glance — is too small. Because you never know what crime you could be preventing or what wanted person you might find,” the news report says.
One of the officers described the process as being “sort of like fishing” for criminals.
Below is a local newscast detailing a day in the life of a “Region STOP Team” member. The patrols appear to consist mainly of hassling people who have committed petty crimes or who simply seem to be attempting to avoid being harassed by cops:
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