As many as four San Francisco cops handcuffed and held a woman at gunpoint after failing to check the accuracy of a vehicle-mounted license-plate reader, which misread a number.
Given that situation, a federal appeals court on Monday reinstated that woman’s civil rights lawsuit. The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals cried foul on the San Francisco Police Department’s claims that it was a reasonable traffic stop, despite the officer failing to notice that the woman’s license plate was different from the one the electronic reader flagged as stolen.
Furthermore, the plate read by the electronic reader belonged “to a car with a different make, model and color” than the 1992 burgundy Lexus ES 300 the 45-year-old African American woman was driving, the court noted.
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