VERMONT: EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS AND COPS RETALIATE!

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In the state of Vermont, it is not illegal to have less than an ounce of marijuana in your possession, have part of your tag covered by snow or exercise your constitutional rights. That does not mean that cops will not harass you if bored or whatever reason they have. Gregory Zullo found that out the hard way, so has teamed up with the ACLU to stop the practice.

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What happened

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In March of this year, a Vermont state trooper pulled over 21 year old Greg Zullo because snow covered his registration tag on his license plate. Thus, he was pulled over for no violation of the law. The cop, who had a body microphone somehow not working on him violating a state police policy, claimed to smell marijuana on Zullo and requested to search him. Zullo consented to a persona search, but not a vehicular one.

While the dashboard camera rolled, the cop kept the young man in twenty degree weather trying to force him to allow a car search. Zullo had on no coat and finally was left on the side of the road after the car was towed. All of this was caught on camera, but very little sound. After all of this, Zullo was never charged with any crime, but had to pay for the tow. The cop threatened to arrest him if he retrieved his cell or money from the car.

The cop, at the end of it all, was asked why he did all of it and he said it was the price of exercising your rights. The thought by the ACLU, who is helping Zullo sue the state, is that this is part of a remaining mentality of cops who want to keep marijuana illegal. Either way, the state has a lawsuit to contend with.

Copy of the lawsuit can be seen here.

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Why this needs to end

Police are under more scrutiny, so should not be trying to arrest everyone. The cop had a microphone on him, which means the state of Vermont wants to monitor them, but he violated policy. The video shows what occurred, as it should. Such a cop makes all the others look bad. People do not need punished for exercising their constitutional rights.

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