By MIRI KALINOTIAssociated Press – N.J. (AP) – If you’ve ever been caught on video talking to a stranger about your favorite sports team or a new app, chances are you’ve been arrested.
That’s according to the latest news from the National Institute of Justice, a nonprofit agency that promotes law enforcement accountability and criminal justice reform.
It’s the latest in a string of revelations about how police officers and prosecutors abuse power to seize property and then make people suffer through the system.
The new findings come in a report released Monday that examined nearly 300 cases from 2013 to 2017 involving arrests of people who were in their 20s and 30s.
They were most often arrested for possession of marijuana, a Class D felony that carries a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
In the case of Joshua Davenport, arrested for possessing marijuana, police were able to seize his vehicle and get him jailed in Trenton, New Jersey, where he was arrested on a drug possession charge.
He was released after posting $10,000 bail.
The story of Joshua and other young people arrested on drug possession charges in Trentons arrest center has been well documented.
Police were using technology to catch them, the report said, sometimes even arresting them in their own homes.
That was the case in this case, which was a culmination of years of work by a team of attorneys from the Innocence Project, the Innoclue Center for Justice, and the ACLU of New Jersey.
Their report focuses on arrests and convictions of people between ages 20 and 30 in New Jersey’s prisons.
Some of the arrests were made by police officers, some by the state’s courts, and some were made after someone made a false report.
In some cases, people were charged with a number of crimes including simple possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
It’s unclear how many of those cases were actually charged.
Some of the cases the report analyzed included those of teenagers arrested for making a false police report or for a false drug-related arrest.
In a handful of cases, prosecutors and judges found a defense that the teenagers were too young to consent to a search warrant, even though their parents had consented.
In one case, a 15-year-old boy was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana after police caught him and another 15-yr-old in a motel room.
A judge later reduced the charges to possession of the small amount and a second search warrant was granted, allowing police to search the teens’ room.
The report also details cases where young people were arrested for not having a valid driver’s license.
In some cases the drivers were arrested by police without a warrant because the police had no proof of their age.
Other cases involved teenagers charged with resisting arrest or failure to comply with a police order, such as not following police orders to disperse or not carrying a weapon.
In all of those, the teen was charged.
Police in Trentono, New Brunswick, New York, were caught red-handed arresting a 15yr-olds son who was holding a weapon when police pulled him over.
Police officers had searched the car, but the son’s parents, who were not in the car when it was pulled over, said they had no reason to believe the officers were looking for drugs.
The son was arrested for obstructing police and resisting arrest and later found guilty of the obstruction charge and sentenced to two years of probation and a $1,000 fine.
Police said in the report that their use of technology to monitor the behavior of people arrested has become more widespread.
They said they have a number to thank for that.
For instance, the NIJ’s research found that, since the year 2000, the number of arrests that had been made using GPS technology in the U.S. has increased by more than 100 percent.
The use of GPS has increased from just 15% of all traffic stops in 2000 to nearly 80% in 2017, the study said.
It found that the number was more than twice as high in New York City.
In many cases, the officers in the video had no idea who the suspects were, the New Jersey ACLU said.
In one case from 2017, a young man was charged after he was stopped by police in the middle of a residential neighborhood and asked to show his ID.
He didn’t have a valid ID and police asked him to show a photo ID from a nearby police station, the ACLU said in a statement.
The New Jersey police department told The Associated Press it had no comment.