Controversy Erupts After Police Pull Over Dozens of Citizens to Track Bank Robber
When does the use of police technology cross the line to violate civilians’ rights? There’s a legal case brewing in Aurora, Colorado where a bank robbery prompted a controversial use of technology. Law enforcement tracked a GPS device that was packed in the stolen money. Since they only had a faint description of the getaway car and the suspect, police pulled over nearly two dozen cars at an intersection where the signal said the GPS was stopped.
Passengers and drivers were ordered to get out of their cars and some were even slapped in handcuffs before cops found the suspect and stolen money. Reportedly, the man was turned down for a home loan
the day before. When he went back with firearms and robbed the bank of $26,000 dollars, they stuck a tracking device in the cash.
There are reports that a woman had to have her foot on the brake pedal for two hours and also that a little girl wet herself in her car seat because she wasn’t allowed to go a restroom.
Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl weighed in on the case, saying, “The cops did what they had to do. What else could they do, […] let an armed bandit go? No, they had the GPS. I’m sorry that people were inconvenienced but that’s really what they had to do at that point.”
Former prosecutor Doug Burns disagreed with Wiehl and the cops’ decision. See why, below: