Pubdate: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 Source: Baxter Bulletin, The (AR) Copyright: 2003 The Baxter Bulletin. Contact: http://www.baxterbulletin.com/customerservice/contactus.html Website: http://www.baxterbulletin.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/2860 Author: Gary Storck 'POT-SMELLING' ARRESTS STINK Regarding your article, "Deputy smells marijuana in vehicles" (June 17): This is a common tactic of law officers, whether they actually smell marijuana or not. Predatory policing like this is common, usually directed at the young and/or minority drivers. A friend of mine here in Wisconsin recently was subjected to a similar arrest, despite the fact the car did not smell like pot. All the folks described in their story, and anyone who may be a target of this kind of predatory enforcement should exercise their Constitutional rights to decline consent to a search, and to remain silent. Law officers have plenty of real crime to attend to, and targeting youth for unconstitutional searches does nothing to address the real threats to public safety. Know your rights and exercise them. File a complaint if you believe you have been mistreated, and file suit if you have a case. This kind of abuse will continue only if we allow it. Gary Storck Madison, Wis.