Police officers have wide discretion as to who they stop for a traffic violation. Not only are police officers able to make traffic stops based on countless offenses, they also hold the decision-making power as to whom they will ticket for traffic offenses. While allowing police officers discretion in whom they stop and ticket may be common and legal, this power may also be abused.
Many of people have been pulled for a pretextual traffic stop. No the office didn't say he pulled me over for having long hair, but asking me if I had drugs in the vehicle and if he could search it told me otherwise. I was profiled.
I don't object to you doing your job and thank you for it, I just know that there are bad apples in every bunch.
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