Film as Accomplice
April 16, 2009

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:

Massena, N.Y.—Massena-based State Police arrested both the driver and the passenger of a vehicle pulled over for a window-tint violation recently. Police found the driver to be intoxicated. She was charged for the tint violation as well as failure to keep right, driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of more than 0.08 percent. The passenger was charged with second-degree criminal contempt … Also in Massena, police stopped Rafael Santos for a window tint violation. Following a probable-cause search, they found Santos to be in possession of marijuana as well. He was issued tickets for both offenses … Harlingen, Texas—Two Rio Grande City High School students got into big trouble when they were pulled over because the window tint for their truck was too dark. The officer saw a marijuana bundle in plain sight, then found nine more packages in the backseat. Investigators said there was a total of 480 pounds of marijuana in the truck while one of the teens had a large amount of cash on him. A $50,000 bond was ordered for felony possession of marijuana charges … Bradenton, Fla.—Two men were arrested after eluding police and pointed guns at an officer. The pursuit began when police noticed the windows of their vehicle were tinted too dark. The driver faces numerous charges, including assault on a law enforcement officer and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon … And the list goes on …

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