Monday, May 15, 2017

Stop for bicycling without a light was reasonable

United States v. Morgan, 2017 WL 1573819 (May 2, 2017) (OK) Published: The panel finds it is reasonable for officers to stop a bicyclist who was riding without the mandatory headlight and then detain him as long as is necessary to write a citation and do a background check. And it also is reasonable for officers to order the bicyclist off the bike and keep his hands out of his pockets until the background check is completed. If the bicyclist does not do as he has been told then it is reasonable for officers to take him to the ground and taser him if he doesn’t offer his wrists for cuffing.