Troopers Encouraged to Follow Hunches

Texas Governor Rick Perry, giving advice last Friday to one of the largest graduating classes of new DPS troopers ever:

You might pay heed to a hunch and check a truck more closely the way one of your fellow troopers recently did…and stopped $3 million worth of cocaine from reaching our communities.

Don’t forget to make a pretext stop first though… that ‘hunch’ may not hold up for reasonable suspicion to detain.

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Tracy Robinson - March 31, 2008 3:59 PM

Isn't it funny how law enforcement "hunches" for traffic stops often have some basis in racial or ethnic profiling?

But like you noted, they can you usually find pretext in an "illegal change of lanes" or something like that.

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