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Police confuse Buckeye logo with pot icon
upi ^ | Feb. 16, 2013

Posted on 02/17/2013 7:06:45 AM PST by JoeProBono

COLUMBUS, Ohio, - A Texas woman said police in Tennessee detained her because they thought the Ohio State University Buckeye logo on her car was a "marijuana sticker."

Bonnie Jonas-Boggioni, 65, of Plano, Texas, told The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch she and her 66-year-old husband were driving near Memphis Feb. 4 when police in a black sport utility vehicle pulled them over, and then a second black SUV pulled behind the first.

Jonas-Boggioni said she hadn't been speeding so she wondered why police were pulling her over.

"They were very serious," she said. "They had the body armor and the guns."

One of the officers asked her, "What are you doing with a marijuana sticker on your bumper?"

Jonas-Boggioni, a longtime Buckeyes fan who grew up in Columbus -- and is president of the Ohio State Alumni Club in the Dallas-Fort Worth area -- told the officer what the decal actually represents but she said he didn't seem to get it.

"He looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language," she said.

Jonas-Boggioni's husband, Guido, 66, got out of the car to show the police his sweatshirt -- an item from Ohio State's 2002 national-championship season, sporting a Buckeye leaf.

One of the officers said someone outside his jurisdiction had seen the logo on Jonas-Boggiono's car and thought it might mean the car was carrying pot, the Dispatch said.

"It's just amazing they would be that dumb," said.

A West Tennessee Drug Task Force spokeswoman said a decal is not sufficient cause to detain a motorist. The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Shelby County sheriff's office in Memphis had no record of the stop.


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1 posted on 02/17/2013 7:06:50 AM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

In western Tennessee, it’s best to stay on the interstate, and try to get through the region as quickly as possible. Any out-of-state tags attract attention quickly.


2 posted on 02/17/2013 7:11:19 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: JoeProBono
A West Tennessee Drug Task Force spokeswoman said a decal is not sufficient cause to detain a motorist. The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Shelby County sheriff's office in Memphis had no record of the stop.

Too bad the couple didn't record the conversation.

3 posted on 02/17/2013 7:16:16 AM PST by John123 (US$ - I owe you nothing. Euro - Who owes you nothing.)
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To: pepsionice

I had to laugh at the notion that a drug smuggler would place advertising signs on their vehicle to begin with!

I know that our prisons aren’t heavily populated by geniuses, but this made me laugh my ass off!


4 posted on 02/17/2013 7:16:22 AM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: JoeProBono
One of the officers said someone outside his jurisdiction had seen the logo on Jonas-Boggiono's car and thought it might mean the car was carrying pot, the Dispatch said.

That's rich! I wasn't aware drug runners marked their vehicles, LOL!

5 posted on 02/17/2013 7:16:27 AM PST by DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
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To: JoeProBono

Stickers are now illegal?


6 posted on 02/17/2013 7:16:38 AM PST by bgill
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To: pepsionice

This was a “good” mistake on the part of the police. I can see how it was made in good faith.

Had I been stopped for the same, I would have thanked them for their attention to details...even if wrong.


7 posted on 02/17/2013 7:16:48 AM PST by kjo (+)
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To: JoeProBono

so what if they did have a marijuana sticker! first amendment... this is crazy...


8 posted on 02/17/2013 7:17:02 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: JoeProBono
You in a whole heap of trouble boy.

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9 posted on 02/17/2013 7:18:33 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: JoeProBono

If these senior citizens had had a TX Longhorn sticker, the Barney Fifes in TN would have suspected them of cattle rustling.

This is just another example illustrating that cops don’t have enough to do. Tax payers should demand a reduction of force in jurisdictions where these travesties occur.


10 posted on 02/17/2013 7:18:41 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: kjo

Attention to detail?! Is that what you call it? I call it harassment!


11 posted on 02/17/2013 7:23:44 AM PST by Shimmer1 (No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.)
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To: John123
Too bad the couple didn't record the conversation.

You can get arrested shot for that.

12 posted on 02/17/2013 7:25:47 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: txrefugee

We got rid of our local PD several years ago. They were decent enough guys but we were paying them to do next to nothing. Mostly they sat out on the main road and wrote speeding tickets.


13 posted on 02/17/2013 7:26:46 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: pepsionice
If I see a junker with an Obama sticker on it does that mean they abducted the slug?
14 posted on 02/17/2013 7:27:29 AM PST by Average Al
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To: JoeProBono

Well in all fairness to the cops Ohio State fans should be arrested on principle alone....


15 posted on 02/17/2013 7:29:13 AM PST by DouglasKC
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To: JoeProBono

Oh Cannabis, we get high on thee
With glowing cheeks ye see us rise
The true north stoned are we!


16 posted on 02/17/2013 7:29:43 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: JoeProBono

When I was in high school a friend and I put NORML bumper stickers on two of the local squads. It took several days for them to notice.


17 posted on 02/17/2013 7:30:17 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: kjo

So the 4th Amendment means nothing. You sir have met no liberty you would not give up in order to secure your own safety. That is the very definition of cowardice.

Intrusions by gooberment employees should be rare, not routine. Liberty and risk are flip sides of the same coin. If you wish to posses liberty, you have to accept risk. Giving the gooberment enough power to attenuate every (really just transfer) gives the gooberment the power to destroy.

Best I can figure is you want to live in a risk free, highly predictable environment. That world does not exist. Your desire for a zero risk world is a product of fear. Free men must accept risk and uncertainty. You apparently want to live in a womb.


18 posted on 02/17/2013 7:34:28 AM PST by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: CrazyIvan

LOL that’s funny.


19 posted on 02/17/2013 7:36:40 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: JoeProBono

If this had been east Tennessee I’d suspect Ms. jonas-Boggioni and Guido of having inflicted themselves upon the populace to the point of provoking a little response in kind, what with the word “dumb” readily tumbling off her tongue so trippingly and all.

West TN in the vicinity of Memphis has turned into East St. Louis, though, so I’d say they got SWATted. Wrong color, nice vehicle, truly “dumb” would-be informant looking for a pretext to hassle, and then there’s civil asset forfeiture as a motive.


20 posted on 02/17/2013 7:36:59 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Howie66

They are that dumb. It is amazeing what dumb things they do


21 posted on 02/17/2013 7:37:28 AM PST by riverrunner
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To: kjo

Really? Good in what sense? Good that they didn’t shoot the dog or good that the cops self-identified as morons? Does anyone, let alone a supposedly trained LEO, think a drug smuggler would post a sign identifying themselves as such? I don’t see much good in this personally.


22 posted on 02/17/2013 7:37:42 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: JoeProBono

I was pulled over by an Amdro salesman!

23 posted on 02/17/2013 7:37:59 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: JoeProBono

Well, isn’t a Buckeye some kind of a nut?


24 posted on 02/17/2013 7:38:43 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: txrefugee

25 posted on 02/17/2013 7:40:24 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono
I am so screwed. There are two dwarf buckeyes growing in my yard, AND Texas Star Hibiscus.

Texas Cops Make Major Hibiscus Bust


26 posted on 02/17/2013 7:42:50 AM PST by heartwood
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To: bgill
Stickers are now illegal?

"What difference does it make?"


27 posted on 02/17/2013 7:43:20 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: JoeProBono
"It's just amazing they would be that dumb,"

Actually, no, not amazing, but policy. Police Depts purposefully hire stupid people because they are much more likely to submit to orders than a free thinking smart person.

28 posted on 02/17/2013 7:45:21 AM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Those who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: kjo
Had I been stopped for the same, I would have thanked them for their attention to details...even if wrong.

You might not be thanking them if your dog is with you in the car....

29 posted on 02/17/2013 7:47:18 AM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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30 posted on 02/17/2013 7:49:19 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

She means they were stopped by THE Tennessee Highway Patrol.


31 posted on 02/17/2013 7:49:58 AM PST by Carl LaFong (Vera the possum is US.)
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To: JoeProBono
They got off easy. Imagine if they had one of these:


32 posted on 02/17/2013 7:50:02 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: JoeProBono

Police aren’t generaly the people who can see fine distinctions between things.


33 posted on 02/17/2013 7:51:27 AM PST by I want the USA back
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To: JoeProBono

I am sorry officer, and with all due respect, but the reason you gave is just not sufficient probable cause for a traffic stop. I will have to inform your shift commander lest anyone else suffer the inconvenience and risk such a stop entails.


34 posted on 02/17/2013 7:51:59 AM PST by theBuckwheat
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To: tacticalogic

Or imagine if they had a dog AND were delivering newspapers! Yikes!


35 posted on 02/17/2013 7:52:25 AM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: I want the USA back

If you are near Memphis, be very careful. It has a history of aggressive cops, bad stops, corruption.


36 posted on 02/17/2013 7:53:29 AM PST by rstrahan
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To: kjo

Seriously? These particular LEOs apparently aren’t very bright to begin with.


37 posted on 02/17/2013 7:54:13 AM PST by GSWarrior (Do you think Jack White and Jack Black get along?)
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To: kjo

How about the cops that shot up the newspaper delivery ladies’ truck a week or so ago? “Good” mistake or bad? Would you thank them for their attention to detail?


38 posted on 02/17/2013 7:54:23 AM PST by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: JoeProBono

So why does the football team have marijuana logos all over their helmets?


39 posted on 02/17/2013 7:55:38 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: rstrahan

I hear the cops around Memphis traffic Buckeye to local Buckeye smokers.


40 posted on 02/17/2013 7:57:13 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: JoeProBono

Wolverine fans, perhaps.


41 posted on 02/17/2013 7:57:13 AM PST by GSWarrior (Do you think Jack White and Jack Black get along?)
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To: txrefugee
"If these senior citizens had had a TX Longhorn sticker, the Barney Fifes in TN would have suspected them of cattle rustling."

Guess I better tape over my Gettysburg College Alumni decal before I drive through Tennessee...


42 posted on 02/17/2013 7:59:22 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: JoeProBono

Just shows the continuing stupidity of those that protect and serve.


43 posted on 02/17/2013 7:59:32 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Paladin2

Buckeye = a hairless nut of no commercial value.

Source: Wolverine


44 posted on 02/17/2013 8:09:21 AM PST by shove_it (Long ago Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about 0banana's USA.)
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To: JoeProBono
Good Grief! If that beagle would have gotten out into a crowd who knows what sort of havoc it would have caused.

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45 posted on 02/17/2013 8:14:20 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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46 posted on 02/17/2013 8:15:27 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: bgill; John123

This smells like a hoax.


47 posted on 02/17/2013 8:17:07 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: kjo

Either you neglected to use sarcasm tags or you are totally devoid of logical reasoning ability, I am unsure as to which is the case.


48 posted on 02/17/2013 8:17:18 AM PST by RipSawyer (I was born on Earth, what planet is this?)
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To: Howie66

What’s even odder is that people we pay to use their common sense are stupid enough to think a drug smuggler would place advertising signs on their vehicle.

Actually am not surprised, we sure don’t now and maybe never did have the smartest people as LEO. Local LEO especially.

As to the bumper sticker, it does sort of look like a pot leaf..... maybe the lack of smarts includes someone pasting this on their bumper.


49 posted on 02/17/2013 8:21:29 AM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: X-spurt

I hear Obama smokes Hawaiian Buckeye.


50 posted on 02/17/2013 8:23:50 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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