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Response to DUI commenter, what is the bottom line on Lisa Steed?

August 1, 2012

A few words for “Tech Geek”, who commented on my update on Lisa Steed earlier.  First of all, thanks for reading and commenting – even if you don’t agree with me.  In fact, especially when you don’t agree with me.

Second of all, I’d like to point out that your assertion that “the bottom line is that these people were impaired” is patently false in these Steed cases.  For instance, in the famous “tasing in the car” case, the driver’s BAC tested at .03…well below the legal limit for DUI in Utah 

Third, it is also patently false that Trooper Lisa Steed simply failed to follow “…the guideline correctly of how to arrest someone”.  No, no, she did the arresting part just fine. Great job with arresting people Lisa!  What she did wrong was the part where she is supposed to investigate the suspected crime and develop probable cause to arrest the person without infringing their Constitutional rights.

It is clear that Tech Geek doesn’t realize the number of times innocent people are arrested.  Yes, it does happen.

So the bottom line here, Tech Geek, is actually that when police are allowed to get away with arresting people without probable cause, and while violating our rights against unreasonable search and seizure, innocent people get charged with crimes.

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