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  •  Not justifying this... (1+ / 0-)
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    but the statement was made that police didn't know criminal records of victims. If info pulled up with a license number matches the description of the person they pretty likely do have the info, don't they?

    Stay fired up: now is the time to focus on downticket change! #Forward

    by emidesu on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 04:02:57 PM PST

    •  Absolutely not. (7+ / 0-)

      That's an assumption that the person driving the car is the owner of the car.  And then there's the passenger(s), of whom nothing could even be inferred, let alone known.

      •  Absolutely absolutely yes. (3+ / 0-)
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        KenBee, raincrow, jpmassar

        IF the owner of the car has "wants and warrants" or another bulletin is posted?  Sex Offender as an example?
        Then the cops approach to the pursuit and traffic stop is completely different.

        It often results in an innocent person being shot, beaten and/or brutalized in the arrest - as two things can happen.

        One, clerical error:
        License 281-IVL can be mistaken if the handwriting might be 281, or 287, IVL might be IUL, so either all variants are put in the system - or you just pick what looks to be right.

        So a Volkswagen might be stopped for a Warrant out on a Cadillac, but the "plates match".

        Two, occupant not the owner.
        People often sell cars, which have "3 months left" on the paperwork.  Illegal?   Sure, but when you're too poor to fill the gas tank?  $300 to re-register that car might be too much.

        Or you borrow a car, not knowing your friend is a knucklehead.

        I've seen people steal cars, that are owned by "wanted" persons.  Those make for some funny moments.
        "Say what?  Oh you GOT TO BE shittin' me.  Man, my luck can't get any worse."

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