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Saturday, November 12, 2005

South Carolina: Illegitimate Traffic Stops for Money

From MSNBC.com: "A state trooper was arrested Friday after authorities accused him of taking thousands of dollars from Hispanic motorists instead of issuing traffic tickets...Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said investigators were tipped off after a farmer asked if it was appropriate for police to stop migrant workers and take money without issuing a ticket.

Witnesses and victims spoke little to no English, the sheriff said. 'I think most of them were pulled over because they were Hispanic,' Metts said. 'This person wasn't interested in making legitimate stops in my opinion. He was interested in extracting money from these people.'" [Mark Godsey]

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