Film as Accomplice

It's an unfortunate fact that the words "illegal window tint" appear in a large number of police reports nationwide. Polling daily news reports from around the country will provide an exhausting number of incidents. Illegal tint is so closely associated with "suspicious vehicles," that officers frequently admit it is one of their number one tools for identifying potential criminals.

Here's a condensed list of what has surfaced in recent days:

Newburgh, N.Y.-Illegal window film recently proved, once again, that it does nothing to hide criminals and criminal activity from police. In fact, it does more to expose it. No one knows this better than Anthony Newbern. When Newbern was stopped recently by state troopers for excessive window tint, he fled on foot, but was quickly discovered hiding behind a nearby house. Why was Newbern hiding from police? He was found in possession of more than six grams of crack cocaine. Once the illegal tint and nearby hiding spot failed, Newbern then decided to hide behind a false name. In the end, he faces charges for criminal possession of a controlled substance fourth degree, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, and false impersonation-a far cry form the originally intended illegal tint charge … Baton Rouge, La.-Martin Gardozo Jimenez was charged with a first-offense DWI, reckless operation and operating a vehicle with an unlawful presence in the U.S. after being pulled for a illegal tint … Beatrice, Neb.-Joseph Hochstein was fined for a window tint violation. His front windshield clocked in at 33 percent, doors at five percent and back window also at five percent … Lafayette, La.-A high-speed chase began after Acadia parish deputies conducted a traffic stop for excessive window tint. The chase reached speeds of up to100 mph before two males ditched the car and may be in or near the Sensat Cove Area of Acadia parish …

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