Darnell Dockett Tweets While Cops Pull Him Over, Demands Search Warrant

Arizona Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett is one of the most humorous athletes on twitter. All you have to do is check his inappropriate twitter bio to know what kind of goofball he is. He’s like the Howard Stern of athletes on twitter — no holding back, all subjects are fair game. That even includes confrontations with police when he’s pulled over.

Dockett was pulled over Monday afternoon and began tweeting about the incident, as we learned from Pro Football Talk. Here’s what he wrote in a series of tweets (edited to block out profanity):

I don’t know why the police always messing w/me I’m never gonna let them search my car with out a search warrant! No matter what!

Police sitting here waiting on back up cuz I told them YOU NOT SEARCHING MY CAR! PERIOD! & now I’m sitting here! Owell I aint got **** 2 do!”

There R 3police cars and they are talking! I don’t see A search warrant they won’t see inside this escalade! I got all day hope they don’t!”

Police said “do you mind if we look around in your Vehicle?” I said I sure DO! He said “I’m gonna call back up” I said u wanna use my phone?”

I think they (POLICE) going to get a search warrant cuz they sitting here looking like fools waiting on something!”

These COPS really think I’m stupid they playing good cop bad cop! BOY STOOOOP! I’m not falling for that! NO SIR YOU WILL NOT LOOK IN MY CAR!”

This cop just ask me how tall R u & where R U from! I’m bout to ask him can I go across the street to POPEYS while we sitting here waiting!”

I been sitting here for a HOUR 1cop by the driver window, 2talking at the car! And the 1by the window being friendly! Like wtf?”

I asked the cop why he pulled me over he said I was speeding I said BULL***! But give me the ticket that’s when he asked to search my car!”

So you gonna lie and say I’m speeding then you wanna search my car! Get the F*** ouutta here! Better go get a warrant *turns up radio*”

OK so now I think they letting me Go cop just brought my DL’s and registration! Yeah I’m bout to be out this”

Dockett is a passionate guy who stands up for the principles in which he believes. At one time that meant defending Bobby Bowden when he was fired by Florida State, and now it means preventing police from searching his vehicle without a warrant. Looks like he won the standoff this team by outlasting them. Someone should tell Kenny Britt this is the strategy he should have used instead of leading police on a car chase.

For informational purposes, a search warrant is not needed for police to search a car if they believe the vehicle contains evidence of a crime. Because Dockett was only searched for a routine traffic stop (as he says), police requesting to search his car does not seem reasonable.

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  • http://twitter.com/IntheOT Chad Margulius

    You need reasonable cause to search a car. And if someone is speeding there is not reasonable cause to search the car. Now if the cops claimed it smelt like booze they could say take a Breathalyzer, if it smelt like pot they could search the car, if they saw a bullet in backseat they could search for guns. If they just arbitrarily search his car without cause whatever they find that is illegal will probably get thrown out in court. 

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Yup, they didn’t need the warrant, but they needed a reason. Didn’t have one

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1336580897 Michael Teegarden

    I feel like there is a fine line with the respect police deserve for the job they do because they should to protect citizens, and the job they do simply because they can because they think they have the power to do anything because they are a police officer.  As citizens, it’s our DUTY to excercise our rights so they do their job without abusing the power they have.  As Chad said, “You need reasonable cause to search a car.”  Without it, WTF ARE YOU EVEN ASKING FOR MR. POLICE MAN?  Write me my ticket if I deserve it, you did your job thank you, and be gone.  I have been asked for permission to have my vehicle searched several times in the past, always saying “If you have a warrant, or probable cause, sure, but I know you have neither, so I’d like to use my right to leave please sir.”  If the cop says ANYTHING else, IMMEDIATELY ASK “Am I under arrest or being detained for a reason I’m not aware of yet?”  If the cop says no, YOU ARE FREE TO GO NO QUESTIONS ASKED!  If he says yes, then the only two things I have to say are “Why am I under arrest/being detained?” and “I have nothing to say without my lawyer present.”  Chit chat, bullying, and scare tactics are all just some of the tools cops will try to use to get their way.  This is an abuse of power.  I can not count the friends, family, aquaintances, etc who have wound up losing a job, going to jail and more over a little joint or something all because they didn’t know their rights.  KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!!!!!!!!  TEACH THEM TO YOUR KIDS!!!!  It’s the only protection we have against the police who abuse their power.  Thank you Mr. Dockett!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7ZVW7Z6AWMBMUGE4DUCWCWHJ2I antonio

    Cops profile all the time but they always call it something else. Your race, vehicle, time you are out driving. These are ways they use to get criminals but they always give another excuse because they aren’t enough to warrant a traffic stop. A cop pulled me over 1 night. I asked him why he pulled me over, “you were speeding”. “It’s a freeway onramp, I’m trying to get up to speed”. I treated him like crap then he admitted that I looked at him when we were going opposite directions. I yelled “teacher! teacher! he’s looking at me!” then I asked him if he ever graduated kindergarden. Fact was I glanced over to see if it was one of my friends on the force sheesh!
    Another time I got pulled over at 4 am on my way home from work. The state trooper said I had a brake light out. He asked me where I was coming from and going to. I tried to ignore the question but he persisted. “None of your business!” Then it got bad. He pulled me out of the car and gave me a bunch of crap. I said, “The state courts give you permission to ask the question but I have the right to refuse answering it.” He wouldn’t let me test my brake lights while he was there. Eventually he let me go and I got to test them just after he left. They were in perfect working order.