Harrassment from the police

Asked about 1 year ago - Oxnard, CA

Hi I have got pulled over three times within the last two weeks from the oxnard PD. As soon as I ask them "what did I get pulled over for" they reply with that I am a gang member and that they need to search my car. Last night I got pulled over and three police car arrived they asked me what I was from, they tolled me that they could put me in jail if I didnt allow theym to search my car. Yes they search my car repeatedly.

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  1. Jarrod Matthew Wilfert

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    Answered . Let me start by explaining that in order to search your vehicle, police need to have your permission, or probable cause that a crime occured and that the evidence would be in your car, or a search warrant, or an individual inside your vehicle that is on probation. If you are on probation and the officer knows this, he may search your vehicle. There are many other exceptions to your right to be free from unreasonable searches however the bigger issue for you may be to simply recognize that if what you have said is true, you are "on the radar" meaning they believe that by stoping you and searching you they will find something they are looking for.

    In response, you should document these stops, including the names of the officers involved and any statements made. Oxnard Police Department records all interactions with the public. If you feel you are being harassed, you have a right to request that OPD command staff review these recordings for mistreatment.

    Whatever you do, this would be a good time to make sure that you do not break any laws or allow anyone in your vehicle that might be carrying anything illegal.

    Good luck with this.

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