Punish Officers for Allegedly Conducting Illegal Search at High School

Target: Vernon Keenan, Director of Georgia Bureau of Investigations

Goal: Punish sheriff’s department for allegedly conducting illegal search on high school students.

Police reportedly forced all the students at a high school to endure an illegal search. According to reports, officers showed up for a surprise visit at a high school with around 900 students. They conducted a thorough search of each student that included detaining the students, conducting pat downs and using K-9 officers to search for drugs. Reports say that no drugs were found. The police had executed a search at the school just a month prior to this one. The sheriff believed the second search was necessary, claiming that the first wasn’t “thorough enough.”

Despite the angered parents and attorney Mark Begnaud who called this a violation of the fourth amendment, the sheriff defended the search, and the officers went completely unpunished. “It’s 900 illegal searches, suspicion-less pat downs, suspicion-less searches,” Begnaud added. The attorney for Worth County Schools, Tommy Coleman, even said that in order for the search to be justified, the sheriff’s department would have to have justifiable cause to believe that there was criminal activity. Without that, this search “would violate an individual’s rights,” Coleman stated. Something is terribly wrong when authorities can go so far as to violate the rights of 900 different people.

It seems the sheriff’s department is wasting precious resources to search and violate the rights of 900 high school students. Please add your signature to the petition below to demand that the entire department be investigated and punished if guilty of this deplorable violation.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Keenan,

Police reportedly conducted an illegal search where they detained and patted down 900 students at a high school. Police dogs were also used to search for drugs. No drugs were found, and the Worth County Schools Attorney says that without justifiable cause, this is a violation of peoples’ rights.

Despite the fact that the deputies may have violated the rights of 900 children, the sheriff defended their actions. It’s outrageous that the police department has conducted two of these searches already, and it seems a waste of precious resources in addition to being completely illegal and unconstitutional. We, the undersigned, are calling on you to see to it that the sheriff’s department be punished for this deplorable behavior.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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4 Comments

  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    Past time to hold Cops Accountable for their Blatant Levels of Incompetency, which includes Unnecessary Forms of Harassment and Killings of Innocent People – NOW!!

  2. Margaret Melnick says:

    Just wondering if they found drugs and if so how much?

    • It says in the petition that “Reports say that no drugs were found”. Even if they had found any, it would have been illegal search and seizure, and hence inadmissible in court.

  3. An outrageous violation of people and of people’s privacy. I hope the student’s families all sue the cops involved and the sheriff. They must NOT be allowed to get away with these crimes.

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