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Colorado cops need a lesson in the 4th Amendment

A guy robs a bank. In amongst the stolen money is a bug. Cops follow the bug to an intersection and find a busy street corner. They then arrest everyone in the intersection, wee children included, with assault rifles pointed in faces.

The cops illegally detain and search everyone. They refuse medical help to people that need it. The suspect's description is a young white guy, 5'6" but they still arrest everyone. The robber is caught after 30 minutes, but due to a communications failure and incompetence, the cops keep everyone handcuffed for more than hours.

City of Aurora, Police Sued for ‘More-Than-Two-Hour Mass Roundup’ of Innocent People in Search for Bank Robber | The Dissenter

What happened next, attorneys argue, was a clear violation of Fourth Amendment rights.

Nineteen vehicles at this intersection were stopped and barricaded by police. Brandishing “ballistic shields and pointed assault rifles directly at innocent citizens, including children under ten years old,” officers allegedly had all occupants in vehicles at the intersection “hold their arms up and outside of their vehicle windows.”

One officer, Christen Lertch, allegedly ordered the “officers to identify anyone in the stopped vehicles who appeared ‘overly nervous or anxious’ or refused to raise their hands and arms.” Also, “The officers would not permit anyone to shut off their vehicle’s ignition, put their vehicle in park, or lift their parking brakes.”

The complaint further claims that after thirty minutes occupants, who had been holding their arms out their windows, were ordered to exit the vehicles.

Police “pat down most of the individuals for weapons and handcuffed them.” Each person was “commanded” to “sit on the curb” while their vehicles were searched “without consent.” All of this occurred even though Paetsch had already been arrested and despite the fact that a “money band” was found in the vehicle Paetsch had been driving.

Additionally, despite the fact that Paetsch, a “nervous individual” who was “perspiring” when pulled out of his car, had now been detained by police thirty minutes into the roundup, officers continued to prevent everyone from leaving the intersection for the next couple of hours.

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