Ohio Appeals Court rules reaching for the glovebox during a traffic stop is not a threatening move.

Apr 21, 2016 | 0 comments

When drivers are pulled over and expect a speeding ticket they sometimes reach instinctively for the glovebox so they will have their registration ready when the officer arrives at the window. This can provoke a violent response, as Sherrie A. Powell found out as she was hauled out of her car by four masked detectives in an unmarked car after she reached for her glovebox while stopped on Central Avenue in downtown Toledo, Ohio on March 25, 2012.

The detectives were furious after Powell’s SUV cut them off. She pulled abruptly into the left lane to make a turn while on her way home with friends from a party at a club. The detectives were on their way back from Big Shots Bar where they donned riot gear to serve a search warrant.