As a federal law enforcement officer, Ronnie Hankins is very familiar with police procedure and practice. So when the dog sniffed their vehicle, he knew that the cops were lying when they said it had signaled on it. And he is convinced that they weren't after marijuana: he thinks they were looking for cash.
“Ronnie became furious as he knew that the dog did not alert on his vehicle; he knows this because he is also a cop. He’s a federal police officer at the Marine Corps Air Station-Miramar in San Diego.
‘You are lying about the dog hitting on the car. The dog didn’t hit on the car either. You guys are drug task force. You are out here harassing me and my wife when I am just coming back from a funeral,' he said.
The agent, knowing full well that Ronnie was a cop, responded sarcastically, ‘That is exactly how I would expect most police officers to act.'
‘Just like a child, you can make a child say anything you want. You can make a dog do whatever you want to if you train them the right way,' Ronnie explained to NewsChannel 5 Investigates.
For nearly an hour, cops held the innocent couple on the side of the interstate while they tore Lisa’s new car apart. They even went so far as to rip the dashboard out. They found no drugs.
But after finding no drugs, the truth came out — these cops weren’t looking for drugs at all — they wanted cash.
‘I knew right now they were looking for money to fund their operations,' said Ronnie.
‘Well, I’ll be honest with you,' the officer began, as he attempted to justify this outrageous violation of rights. ‘With you going this direction, I wouldn’t think you’d have drugs in the car — you would have a large amount of money,' he said.
After the cops were finished searching for cash and didn’t find any, they eventually let their victims go. But to support their unlawful detainment, also known as attempted robbery, the officers wrote in the report that they found ‘marijuana debris' in the driver and passenger floor boards. This ‘debris’ was nothing more than grass from the couple’s feet from the cemetery where Ronnie’s grandfather was buried.
The unfortunate reality of this situation is that nothing will happen to these officers. In their minds, the Hankins are criminals who deserved this treatment and got off lucky without having their property stolen. These officers will continue to rob people on the side of the road as it’s not only condoned by their departments; it’s their entire function — necessary for their own self-preservation.
‘It seems like Nazi Germany,' said Ronnie. ‘You’ve got to have the paperwork and the proper authorities to come through Tennessee.'
Do you think Ronnie Hankins was exaggerating when he compared his experience to something out of Nazi Germany, or was he identifying a serious issue ailing now America?
Source: D.C. Clothesline