When I was young… last century, I heard of a tactic being used by law enforcement where riders, and drivers, were baited into doing something wrong. Once the target had taken the bait, they were pulled over, fined and sent along their way. Law enforcement has always denied this, and up until recently it was difficult to prove anything in court.
Sound recordings, photographic and video evidence are routinely produced in court to prove an offence. These same methods are used to prove innocence as well. That being said, it’s just a matter of time before a member of the constabulary is found guilty, not only for entrapment, but perhaps for manslaughter as well.
This could happen when the antics of some law enforcement ends up taking the life of some poor soul, who was out for an afternoon of sight-seeing and has had someone perform a dangerous manoeuvre in front of them causing them to take evasive action, and ending in an accident.
This news article in the Sydney Morning Herald hasn’t opened the flood gates for litigation yet, but does put those more “enthusiastic” law enforcement officers on notice.
The final statement in the news article states that:
…a standard review would be conducted into the failed court case and police would continue to target dangerous driver behavior
I applaud the review, but have to ask ; “does the targeting of dangerous driver behavior also extend to those in law enforcement?”
I don’t know about you, but I was always taught to lead by example, not; do as I say, not as I do.