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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Arrest First, Ask Questions Later

     A compassionate Houston driver who gave some change to a homeless man was later wrongfully arrested on police suspicion that his charity was part of a drug deal. During a late-night drive, Greg Snider pulled into an empty parking lot to make a call on his cell phone. A homeless man approached him and asked for money. Snider gave him 75 cents in change before continuing his drive….

     A police car pulled Snider over. The officer ordered him out of his car, handcuffed him and put him in the back of the police car….The officer told Snider that he had seen him make a drug deal. Eventually, as many as 10 police cars approached the scene….Snider agreed to let the officer search his car…After an hour-long search, officers were forced to admit that the man had no drugs, and let him go. The police laughed all the while--apparently, they found it hilarious that they had detained an innocent man for over an hour over a misunderstanding. [Had the driver made a "furtive move," he may have been shot.]

Robby Soave, The Daily Caller, January 17, 2014 

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