Michael Gentithes on Suspicionless Witness Stops
In this episode, Michael Gentithes, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Akron School of Law, discusses his article "Suspicionless Witness Stops: The New Racial Profiling," which will be published in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Gentithes begins by explaining how police are increasingly stopping and searching people, mostly minority men, without any suspicion of wrongdoing, simply on the ground that they may have witnessed a crime committed by someone else. He explains how courts have permitted these stops, based on an analogy to checkpoints stops, and why that analogy doesn't work and should be abandoned. And he argues that courts should adopt additional procedural requirements, in order to prevent police from abusing suspicionless stops. Gentithes is on Twitter at @MikeGentithes.