The Police and Free Speech

Written by Gregory Monte. A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post about a motorist’s First Amendment right to “disrespect” a cop: Can a Cop Pull You Over for Cursing? My research revealed that the following three actions are protected: Giving the middle finger to a copCursing at a cop directlyCursing in your car in … Continue reading The Police and Free Speech

The Police as “Community Caretakers”

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.” Ronald Reagan Written by Gregory Monte. I first encountered the idea of a community caretaker when reading about an individual who was pulled over by the police for stopping too long at a stop sign.  I found this … Continue reading The Police as “Community Caretakers”

When Does the Length of a Traffic Stop Become Excessive?

Written by Gregory Monte. Don’t Ever Do This Would you voluntarily agree to sit in a police officer’s car if he stopped you for speeding? If this sounds like a crazy question, you may not be familiar with the procedure of the Utah Highway Patrol.  In State v. Miller, 2019 UT App 18 - Utah: Court … Continue reading When Does the Length of a Traffic Stop Become Excessive?

When Does the Length of a Traffic Stop Become Excessive?

Written by Gregory Monte. Don’t Ever Do This Would you voluntarily agree to sit in a police officer’s car if he stopped you for speeding? If this sounds like a crazy question, you may not be familiar with the procedure of the Utah Highway Patrol.  In State v. Miller, 2019 UT App 18 - Utah: Court … Continue reading When Does the Length of a Traffic Stop Become Excessive?