According to the American Civil Liberties Union, of the traffic stops conducted by Milwaukee police spanning 2007 through 2015, minorities were seven and five times more likely to be stopped than others.
The ACLU has brought a lawsuit against the department claiming that the stops violate the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment Rights of Milwaukee residents because the stops are done “without objective and articulable reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct” and because the frisks are “motivated by race and ethnicity.”
The city, the fire and police commission, and the chief of police are all named as defendants in the illegal stop and frisk suit. They deny targeting blacks and Hispanics, but maintain that traffic stops are routinely conducted in high crime areas to reduce crime.
Not surprisingly, a significant percentage of criminal charges arise out of a routine traffic stop where police may or may not have had probable cause to detain someone. By law, police officers are required to have reasonable suspicion that an individual or group is doing something illegal in order to require someone to stop or to perform a search.
If a traffic stop results in a citation, discovery of contraband, or arrest – the best course of action is to seek legal representation immediately. It is your legal right to wait to discuss your case with your attorney who can advise you and develop a strategy to fight the charges against you.
Contact the criminal defense Law Offices of Andrew C. Ladd LLC if you have been arrested and charged with a crime following a Wisconsin traffic stop. With over 30 years of criminal defense experience, our legal team has many effective strategies to defend you against the charges you face. Call today at 262-542-3900 for help.
Source: Time, “ACLU Says Milwaukee Police Violate the Constitution With Stop-and-Frisk”, by Maya Rhodan, February 22, 2017.