Fayetteville City Council Could Halt Police Search Practice

The Fayetteville City Council could vote to put a temporary freeze on a type of police search that has drawn criticism as disproportionately focusing on black residents.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that the city council is scheduled to vote Monday on a resolution that would halt so-called consent searches for four months.

In a consent search, police can ask drivers for permission to search a vehicle based on nothing more than a hunch.

Mayor Pro-Tem Jim Arp says he supports the police, but wants time for an independent review of the practice.

If the council votes to approve the moratorium, it would begin on Feb. 1.


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  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Jan 23, 2012 at 07:27 PM
    What are the results? No one mentioned the results. It doesn't take a lot of research to find out. How many arrests? No arrests, then its harassment. Maybe DUI check points all over town, where everyone is stopped. The police are putting the pressure on, don't get soft on crime.
  • by G on Jan 23, 2012 at 11:01 AM
    Have you ever seen what happens when you refuse consent? Perhaps you need to watch an episode or two of Cops. The police officer gets offended that you would question his right to search you car, because only the guilty would object to a quick consensual search. They threaten to detain you until a drug dog or supervisor (who might come up with a differnt angle on getting a search cleared) can arrive, all the while closely examining your car for any probably cause to search. Apparently allowing a drug dog to sniff around your car isn't a 'search'. If they don't find any, you may find yourself arrested on a trumped up charge, because then they can search your car because they are arresting you. To sum it up once the question is asked, you have the choice of allowing the search, or dealing with the police for the next few hours while they come up with a reason to search your car anyway.
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      by Really on Jan 23, 2012 at 11:36 AM in reply to G
      I saw that same thing on NCIS, no it was CIS Miami. Because we know how true reality TV is, LOL.
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      by Citizen1 on Jan 23, 2012 at 11:42 AM in reply to G
      Not really sure who said this but I think we've found someone that it applies to: "It is better to be believed ignorant than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt". G - Also it's Probable Cause, not Probably Cause!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2012 at 07:23 AM
    So what these guys are really saying is that they think African Americans are too ignorant to understand they can say "no" when asked for a consent search. If it was me, I would be offended that this was even put on the table.
  • by Tom Location: USA on Jan 23, 2012 at 07:14 AM
    This issue is stupid..and any council member that votes for such should be impeached. Consent searches are completely legal anywhere in this country and an integral part of law enforcement's mission of enforcing law and protecting SOCIETY from the ills of criminality. I can't wait for the first lawsuit against the city by officers who are punished or disciplined for using completely legal, and universally encouraged, measures to do their jobs. The PD, city manager and attorney better weigh in assertively here before the city gets further embarrassed nationwide. (Crime in that town is bad enough as it is.) It makes you wonder about the priorities of such council members, and who their constituents are.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Jan 23, 2012 at 05:50 AM
    the thugs used to tell me i arrested them, " i know my rights man, i know my rights". i used to say, well if you can tell me what they are, i will let you go!! no one was ever let go. so if they would spend time in the class room like i did, get educated and learn and get a job, they would not be out there getting arrested!!!!
  • by Dewey on Jan 23, 2012 at 04:11 AM
    This may be the dumbest thing I have ever heard.....of course it originates from obviously inept and crooked politicians. Why don't the city councils all over the state just start policing their towns themselves? They obviously know how to do it better than the police. Idiots!
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      by Native on Jan 23, 2012 at 05:40 AM in reply to Dewey
      I think that what they do when they create a police force and hire officers. They are then policing their own town and not relying on the sheriff's dept or the highway patrol to be the only LEO's around. All yall pro police state folks are crazy. I've concented to a search before but wont do it again. I was driving around too late at night and was suspecious.
  • by Biker Dude on Jan 23, 2012 at 01:17 AM
    Citizens need to know their rights. Most don't and we end up living in a police state because we don't know what their rights are.
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      by 250 on Jan 23, 2012 at 03:09 AM in reply to Biker Dude
      Dude read the first 2 posts. IF I am stopped and asked "Sir, do you mind if we search the vehicle"? I have the right to say yes or no. Now I do believe that if you just saw 2 white men load your TV and x box into a Black Dodge Charger; YOU would want police to stop any and all Black Dodge Chargers in 24 hours to check the trunks for your TV........... WELL?
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        by Native on Jan 23, 2012 at 05:38 AM in reply to 250
        Dude, I think you missed his point completely, dude.
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      by anon on Jan 23, 2012 at 05:48 AM in reply to Biker Dude
      because "we" dont know what "Their" rights are!!! you must not know how to 'WRITE' yourself. i am an officer, i used
  • by Officer1 on Jan 23, 2012 at 01:08 AM
    Now why would the Mayor Pro-Tem Jim Arp and other leaders stop legal activity of their officers? Frank Sinatra was right ... "If you don't want to participate Don't Consent!" Amazing people leading America down to the dump slowly but surely!
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Jan 23, 2012 at 12:23 AM
    It is a consent search. If you do not want to participate Don't Consent.
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