By Andrew Meyer
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from Photography is Not a Crime: PINAC.
Holy Wireless Recording Devices Batman!
Richard Rynearson has gone all out in his to protect himself from police abuse. Rynearson’s black bulletproof Mitsubishi Eclipse comes equipped with SpectraShield fabric inside, bulletproof glass, and a RadioShack worth of recording devices. The car has a wide-angle camera in the front, back, and under both side view mirrors with separate microphones that feed into a hard drive in the back of the car. And that’s just the start of the recording devices in Rynearson’s batmobile. The car’s hard drive not only streams everything it records to an online server, it records how fast the car drives, it’s GPS position, and whether the turn signals are on, the doors are open or the car is breaking.
All told, Rynearson spent $50,000 prepping his ride. So what drives a man to spend 50K gearing up against law enforcement?
Richard Rynearson, like many Americans living near the southern U.S. border, was detained for an “immigration checkpoint.” In 1976, the Supreme Court chipped away at the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizures guaranteed in the Fourth Amendment, making it legal for the government to stop people without suspicion at a highway up to 100 miles from the border. The Supreme Court ruling mandated that the checkpoints be brief, and “minimally intrusive.”
Rynearson is one of many in the U.S. now feeling the effects of what happens when government agents are allowed “minimal” intrusions. After Rynearson refused to roll down his window while providing identification, U.S. Homeland Security Border Patrol agents detained Rynearson for 34 minutes. While an immigration checkpoint stop without reasonable suspicion of a crime is legally allowed for only a couple of minutes, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled in Rynearson’s case that refusing to roll down his window and calling his lawyer caused the delay and helped create reasonable suspicion of a crime. The video of Rynearson’s detention, and the complete details of the District Court ruling are below.
“The plaintiff, Richard Rynearson, argued that a thirty-four minute detention for a suspicionless immigration inspection sixty-seven miles from the Mexican border violated the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable seizures. Rynearson provided video of the encounter that shows he offered a driver’s license, a military ID, an official passport, and a personal passport and answered all eighteen question the agents asked him, with the exception of a single question concerning the identity …read more