Four years ago, my first film, NeverGetBusted Volume 1: Traffic Stops, blew the whistle on police dogs false alerting.
This film was the first to expose and demonstrate to the public the illegal practice of kops manipulating their K-9s to alert. A short video clip of the chapter can be seen here.
RawStory.com just interviewed me and published a report, “False Positives’ Suggest Police Exploit Canines to Justify Searches”. It’s a really good article that echoes what I teach in the film.
Until this insane drug war is repealed, K-9s should only be used to assist officers in locating controlled substances and should never be used to decide a 4th Amendment issue. As a former K-9 handler/instructor and current expert witness regarding police misconduct, I’ve learned there are too many ways a K-9 and handler can make an error or manipulate an alert that allows them to search your private property without consent. It’s insane when a tax-paying American citizen invokes his or her constitutional right by refusing a search only to have an animal “overrule” their decision.
Upon releasing the NeverGetBusted video, I was mercilessly attacked for saying “If you have your stash hidden really well, it’s better to give permission to search because if you refuse, the kops go wild by calling more officers and drug dogs to conduct a more thorough search and they will make their dogs false alert.” In comparison to giving a refusal, if a motorist agrees to the search, he usually checks the trunk, glove box, under the seats and then allows you to go free.
Prior to giving this unconventional advice, well meaning activists and lawyers repeated, “Never give consent” so many times, citizens automatically believed this was their only option. Currently thousands of people who refused consent are in jail so we know that refusing consent doesn’t always work. While refusing consent may help by preparing you for the courtroom, my advice of giving consent can be used to keep you out of the courtroom.
I’ve been hired on eight separate occasions as an expert witness regarding false alerts and have consulted in dozens more. It is not uncommon for me to receive and review ten or more police videos per month and the K-9 teams in America are becoming ridiculous. Most police K-9’s look like common yard dogs instead of well-trained animals. Now kops are not only manipulating alerts, but also they are announcing an alert when the K-9 did nothing but walk around the auto!
I have a tip regarding police K-9’s and it works. I have had dozens of citizens report this method and it worked for me as well. Anytime a K-9 is deployed to search your auto, announce loudly and boldly that you are aware police can make their K-9 false alert and you know what a true alert looks like. This scares the officer and after hearing your stance, he will usually walk his dog around the auto and then leave.
One of the best examples of a K-9 being manipulated to alert can be found here near the bottom of this page.