- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

WARREN, N.J. (AP) - Prosecutors cannot use a gun found in a trunk as evidence after an appeals court ruled a New Jersey police officer overstepped his bounds during a 43-minute traffic stop involving two young black men.

The appeals panel sided with a lower court judge who said Warren Officer Erik Larsen lacked reasonable suspicion to ask the motorist for consent to search his vehicle.

Larsen said he stopped 20-year-old Devin Henderson in 2013 because he allegedly failed to use a turn signal and because an air freshener hanging from his rear-view mirror obstructed his view.

The court found Larsen acted on a hunch in hopes of finding marijuana and his testimony differed from his patrol car’s video recording.

Larsen’s attorney, Thomas Cammarata, tells the Courier News of Bridgewater (https://mycj.co/1KIjAW8 ) the circumstances were very peculiar.

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Information from: Courier News (Bridgewater, N.J.) , https://www.mycentraljersey.com


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