I smell a rat Wrote:
> Let's say cops were ready to raid a house that was
> used as a drug operation. You find out about it
> and run into the house and warn the residents of
> the raid. What is the difference in that and
> flashing your lights to warn drivers of a speed
> trap. You are interfering with law enforcement.
That's a bad example. In your case, you are preventing the lawful (we hope) arrest of someone who a judge has already issued a warrant for (after reviewing the evidence of their criminal conduct).
A better example is this. Suppose FFX PD is running one of their "shoulder tap" stings where they are using underage recruits to ask people to buy them beer/wine/vodka. Suppose you get what you believe
to be a 'tap' in a public parking lot and immediately recognize the situation. You say no, and then watch the young person ask someone else. You approach the pair and say "Hey, did you know it's illegal to purchase alcohol for a minor? The police run stings like this all the time. If I were you, I wouldn't purchase alcohol for this person."
Would that be illegal? I don't think so. I think the court would call that free speech. And that's essentially what flashing your lights does. It warns people that they should obey the law, and thereby *prevent* a crime/violation from taking place.
Now, if flashing your lights were a crime, that would be different. But it's not. AAA purchased billboards to warn drivers of notorious speed traps up the road. They weren't thrown in jail..or even charged. What does that tell you? Did AAA interfere with law enforcement?