A Coming Police State?
The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution used to bar illegal search and seizure by the police under what’s commonly referred to as the Exclusionary Rule; which meant that any evidence of law breaking was tainted and inadmissible in court if the search wasn’t legal under the requirement of “reasonable suspicion” which was formerly required for investigatory stops. That’s all changed now. Here’s what Justice Sonia Sotomayor said in her dissent:
The Court today holds that the discovery of a warrant for an unpaid parking ticket will forgive a police officer’s violation of your Fourth Amendment rights. Do not be soothed by the opinion’s technical language: This case allows the police to stop you on the street, demand your identification, and check it for outstanding traffic warrants—even if you are doing nothing wrong. If the officer discovers a warrant for a fine you forgot to pay, courts will now excuse his illegal stop and will admit into evidence anything he happens to find by searching you after arresting you on the warrant. Because the Fourth Amendment should prohibit, not permit, such misconduct, I dissent.
Basically, we’ve entered a police state and it’s my feeling that this is basically a function of the economic situation we find ourselves in. As wealth and inequality centralizes in the hands of a few, the bread and circuses diversions aren’t going to be enough to stave off a season of discontent. I feel the idea is the simply warehouse folks in jail to prevent dissent from being expressed in the streets. This will fall disproportionately on black and brown, but ultimately this setup is going to target far more than just black and brown.