North Carolina: Cops May Not Grab Driver Looking For Safe Place To Stop

Federal judge rules looking for a safe place to pull over at midnight does not justify police pulling a passenger out of a vehicle.
Dec. 17, 2013

Dodge StratusMotorists are frequently told they are allowed to find a safe, well-lit location to pull over when an officer behind activates his lights. Following this advice can often lead to trouble, as even a delay in pulling over of thirty seconds or less can enrage officers. Kenneth Burch and Rainey Hope Crosby found out as they were ripped out of their car at midnight by Fayetteville Police officers because they took a few extra seconds to stop after committing the crime of having a burned out license plate light.

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