"The RESULT of the whole DEAL (???)is that it PAID OFF . We have arrested and charged a suspect."
Well - actually the "RESULT" of this "DEAL" (fiasco) won't fully materialize until those 19 carloads of citizens finish suing the pants off of Aurora, CO.
What a truly revolutionary innovation in law enforcement tactics. Who would have thought that all the police had to do was stop, handcuff (temporary arrest), and intimidate citizens into surrendering their 4th Amendment right to be "secure" from unreasonable search & siezure.
In addition to trampling upon the rights of these citizens, scaring them half to death - probably at gun point - the police prevented them from reaching safety beyond what could very well have turned out to be the scene of a bloody shoot out with the bank robbery suspect(s).
Oh - I forgot. They made an arrest. Well, I guess that excuses "the deal".
This is the natural progression of the insidious judicial concept that once a citizen enters a motor vehicle they have "temporarily" surrendered their rights at the alter of "officer safety".
This one really needs to go all the way to the SCOTUS.