CO police detain innocent people in search of bank robber
Did cops violate citizens' rights?
- Duration 4:25
- Date Nov 20, 2012
Did cops violate citizens' rights?
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Right now a legal case pitting the use of police technology against the rights of innocent civilians this -- sparked.
By a bank robbery in Aurora Colorado.
Police in their chase tracking a GPS device that was packed in the stolen money.
Now here's where the controversy begins they only have the faintest description of the getaway car and the suspect.
So police wound up training their weapons on nearly two dozen cars at an intersection.
Where the signal said the GPS device was stopped.
The cops ordered all the drivers and passengers out of their cars some folks -- in handcuffs.
Before the cops found the perp and the stolen cash.
They actually pulled out here yeah we have got -- Into that -- advocate what was clear.
That investigated detentions are lawful.
For a reasonable period of time.
So what is this an abusive police power or is it necessary in this age of GPS tracking devices -- -- Fox News legal analyst is with us also Doug burns a former prosecutor.
And now criminal defense attorney so interest in case this guy first of all.
Apparently was a customer of the bank got -- -- down for his home loan his renegotiated home on the day before so it goes back according to police prosecutors.
Goes back the next day and robs the play of 26000 dollars -- for the -- gases and they write this GPS tracking device in it.
But it's not very precise or at least not not precise let us -- enough to get -- -- intersection but right they can't nobody PS so let's say happy -- and the cops stop all the cars in an intersection and they say -- nobody moves until we figure out who's got.
My job one -- we're forgetting about saying that he was yet to loaded firearms -- this was a man who -- just -- the bank of 26000 dollars.
With firearms so the cops did what they had to do what else could they didn't let him go let an arm bandit go no they -- GPS.
I'm sorry that people inconvenienced but that's really what they had to do at that point they had that was as -- -- tracking Doug you don't like what the police did here.
-- out because there was another little option which is a little bit of a trivia point.
The GPS here went to a radius of thirty feet think -- -- they have what's called a beacon it's a hand held device that tracks in -- five B.
And what happened was I looked a little bit at the court opinion with the judge basically upheld.
What happened but did throw out a couple statements the -- have -- put that to the side and the fact of the matter is the FBI.
Was bringing this weekend and it didn't get there it's -- Yeah I was in the end we're -- -- -- -- a little -- they were working on it you're saying they should wait.
Well no I think you know it's very very end and let's let that bank robber known -- tells -- that -- -- -- -- now.
-- none of the problem is is that normally when Missouri block and I don't know if you've been in -- I have.
They're allowed to stop everybody if they come over real -- can -- -- a license for your hands on the -- End of story that'll make you get out and say put your hands up don't move and I certainly don't handcuff people all that and it doesn't take two hours.
Well -- let me let me that's the problem so viewers yes -- viewers know I mean some -- what happened here one poor little four year old girl.
Wet herself in her car seat while waiting for this two hour ordeal to be -- -- Another woman had to keep her foot on the -- the entire two hours because she says the cops wouldn't even let her lift her hands off the -- to put her.
Her car in park.
Now the the court did rule that.
That police were justified in doing what they did but the bad guy it well and that the suspects' lawyers are appealing.
They want the evidence that was found in his car as a result of the stop thrown out including.
-- -- -- -- -- Masks and then got no way that'll happen because the people you're talking about the victims in this case that little girl that with a woman with her foot on the pedal all of that.
They would have standing.
The defense he just rob the bank but to a lot of fires his still standing too don't object to this so you -- would spike mark yo U think it'll be -- -- And Fourth Amendment context survey has done this and I'm like.
Wait a minute why would you suppress evidence and let the criminals go free.
They're the unintended beneficiaries some people say punish the police and still convict him I didn't like that Baghdad where lawsuits yet quite a wild case -- -- so far the judge has upheld what the cops do and we'll let you know to change at least we'll veterans thank you thank you.