Kristopher links a bizarre story about what appear to be heavy-handed police tactics at a Montgomery, Alabama shopping mall. The story is poorly written and there may be some important facts missing.

I’m not sure how a mall can give permission to the police to search people who are trying to leave and aren’t under reasonable suspicion of a crime by specific persons. And the fact that the police issued some citations as a result of the operation doesn’t justify it in my mind.

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  1. Leroy says:

    I would be curious as how this was justified. Heck, despite court rulings to the contrary, traffic stops are patently a violation of the fourth amendment. This apparently goes way beyond that but it is probably to late to hope for any better when a conservative southern state such as Alabama allows such foolishness to go on. If, as according to the article cited, there was a problem with disturbances, then a police presence was justifiable, but a presence is a long ways away from “blocked off exits to the parking lot and set[ting] up checkpoints.”

  2. Kristopher says:

    The story is poorly written because it was based on a television account of what happened. The facts are still fairly sketchy at this point. What I’m curious about is what crime resulted in the tickets? For what were they cited?