Video – Detained by Nevada Police for “Suspiciously” Sitting in a Car

Henderson Nevada Police Detain Couple for Suspiciously Sitting in a Car

A police officer in Henderson, Nevada detained a couple (who were looking for a lost cat) because he deemed them sitting in a car to be a suspicious act.

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Apparently (based on the conversation in the video), the people shown being detained here were out looking for a lost cat in Henderson, Nevada (a suburb of Las Vegas). This officer from the Henderson Police Department decided that them simply being parked on a public street constituted suspicion of a crime.

When asked on the video what crime it was that he suspected they were committing, his answer (repeatedly) was, “I’m not going to play your game” (presumably that game where he is actually required to state a crime someone is suspected of when they are being detained) and also to claim that asking why you are being detained constitutes “baiting a police officer.”

Outside of the basic questions of whether being in a parked car should by itself be considered a suspicious act worthy of police investigation (spoiler: no), this video is pretty indicative of the state of policing today. On full display is the rude, even hostile behavior common among police officers and the inevitable result of such behavior. The genuine fear and distrust that the people in the video display is well earned and not at all unreasonable these days.

Eventually, the couple were released without being issued any citations. I’m not sure whether they found the cat, but will update this post if I find out any additional info on its status.

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3 Responses to “Video – Detained by Nevada Police for “Suspiciously” Sitting in a Car”

  1. gavinmac November 28, 2017 at 8:39 pm #

    I haven’t watched the video, I’m responding to the text above. You don’t have toidentify yourself unless the officer has reasonable suspicion that you have committed a crime. However, I am not aware of any requirement that the officer state the crime or tip the detainee off about what crime he is suspected of committing.

    Let’s say the officer is looking for an escaped convicted murdered who is Chinese-American, 6 foot 6 inches tall and has a tattoo of a canary on his left arm. The officer encounters a Chinese-American man walking down the street who is 6 foot 6 inches tall and has a tattoo of a canary on his left arm.

    The officer would be justified in stopping that man and demanding that he identify himself. The man would be legally obligated to do so. However, there is no requirement that officer tell the man “I’m asking for your ID because I suspect you’re an escaped murderer.” Cops don’t have to explain anything to citizens.

    If the man says “why are you asking for my ID” the officer can refuse to tell him or just say generally “for suspicion of a crime.” If the man then refuses to identify himself, he is committing a crime.

  2. John December 1, 2017 at 7:00 am #

    >If the man says “why are you asking for my ID” the officer can refuse to tell him or just say generally “for suspicion of a crime.” If the man then refuses to identify himself, he is committing a crime.

    That is a problem. Cops normally can’t articulate the actual reasonable suspicion. It’s too bad they can just ignore citizen’s request to know why they are being detained, and then arrest the citizen if the citizen doesn’t hand over their papers.

    A good percentage of these times, there is no RAS. Just a cop wanting to fuck with someone. Yet, there is no repercussion for this illegal detention under the color of law… EVER

  3. Wrong December 11, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

    Um…no…the man would NOT be legally required to ID himself since he is not advised of what reasonable articulate suspicion he is suspected of a specific crime, or any crime.

    Just being told you’re being suspected of a crime is not good enough. The Sixth Amendment applies in this case.

    “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.”

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