TRUCKERS: If you get woken up by a law enforcement officer to do a DOT inspection, please LET US KNOW by filling out this form: http://www.smalltransportation.org/contact-us.html.
If SBTC determines there is a pattern of abuse by particular law enforcement agencies, we may file a complaint against these agencies with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) pursuant to Title 42, U.S.C., Section 14141, which makes it unlawful for state or local law enforcement agencies to allow officers to engage in a pattern or practice of conduct that deprives persons of rights protected by the Constitution or U.S. laws. This law, commonly referred to as the Police Misconduct Statute, gives the Department of Justice authority to seek civil remedies in cases where law enforcement agencies have policies or practices that foster a pattern of misconduct by employees. This action is directed against an agency, not against individual officers.
The types of issues which may initiate a pattern and practice investigation include: Lack of supervision/monitoring of officers’ actions; Lack of justification or reporting by officers on incidents involving the use of force; Lack of, or improper training of, officers; and Citizen complaint processes that treat complainants as adversaries (source: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/civilrights/color_of_law ).
So, if the agencies do not train their officers to let drivers get their federally-mandated sleep, then we can ask the Bureau to investigate. I invite truckers to report to SBTC all incidents in which a law enforcement officer woke them up without having clear justification (i.e. to merely perform a DOT Inspection). As we see patterns of incidents that apply to particular police agencies, we may file complaints and seek to publicize the filing of these complaints in trucking and mainstream media. Once we make an example out of some of these agencies, the rest will train their officers not to do this anymore...
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