An officer begins with, “Mr. Procter… if that is your real name,” while reading the driver’s ID. Can we just stop there for a second to let that sink in… It’s perhaps one of the rudest ways to start the conversation.Mr. Proctor inquires whether he is required to answer any queries, to which the officer responds that he is not. Confusing the driver’s unwillingness to answer questions as anger.The officer tries to extend the stop by attempting to waste the driver’s time. The duration of a traffic halt cannot be lawfully extended merely because a person declines to answer questions as decided in the 1983 case of Florida v. Royer.
Take a look at this encounter:
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