End Unconstitutional Search and Seizure Practices on Americans

Target: U.S. Law Enforcement

Goal: To end unconstitutional search and seizures on Americans.

America was founded on the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, yet these basic human rights seem to be slowly vanishing right in front of us. The concept of free-society in the United States has almost been forgotten, as human liberty is gradually taken apart and destroyed. Two of the biggest attacks on American liberty come from unconstitutional stop and frisk police practices and police checkpoints. Why are these two police procedures allowed to precede any suspecting probable cause? The American people need to stand up for their basic constitutional rights and oppose the use of such practices by law enforcement officers.

Although it is absolutely the responsibility for government to protect the safety of its citizens, law enforcement needs to abide by the Constitution of the United States. The Fourth Amendment clearly states that “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated…”, unless there is probable cause for search and seizure. Statistics show that out of all the stop and frisk measures conducted in New York City, less than two percent of searches found weapons—less than two percent! That statistic alone should cause people to question whether there was even any probable cause for the stop and frisk in the first place. Furthermore, the practice of DUI checkpoints is absolutely unconstitutional since there is no probable cause in this situation; every single driver, regardless of whether they are intoxicated or not, is stopped for these checkpoint hassles. This should set off alarm bells to the American people that the government is performing police state measures in a nation that is supposed to be free.

In order to honor the intentions of our founders and the reputation of the United States, the American people need to stand up for their human rights stated in the Constitution. If the people allow their rights to be taken away without any opposition, the future of our nation is in trouble.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Federal Law Enforcement Training Center,

Though it is your responsibility to train officers in the area of public safety, you may consider re-evaluating some of your search and seizure practices—such as stop and frisk and checkpoints. These procedures do not respect the Constitution, specifically in terms of the Fourth Amendment, and must be discontinued. Without legitimate probable cause, it is unconstitutional for law enforcement officers to perform these measures, particularly the checkpoints. Please remove the checkpoint training and modify your stop and frisk training to teach students to more effectively recognize probable cause for searching American citizens.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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