Originally Posted by michigancruisers
Saw this post on active captain regarding an anchorage in northern Michigan.
"the Conservation Officers who come around to your boat asking to see proof that you paid sales tax on your boat. And when you can't find the reciept for your sales tax payment, issue you a ticket. Quite an experience."
If your boat is already registered in Michigan or other state, or if federally registered and has a 'use tax' paid as required by some stats .... both usually by indication of VISIBLE DISPLAY of an affixed 'sticker': If so, There is NO probable cause for a 'conservation officer' to even stop and ask for such 'documentary justification' of taxes paid.
Usually, the affixed 'sticker' is legally the only 'receipt' that you need. The possession of the 'sticker' in most legal venues is PRIMA FACIA evidence of TAXES PAID. To be otherwise would be extreme legal thuggery (legal flim flam) and should merit a courteous and immediate contact with your state attorney general's office
Whats next in Michigan? you have to carry receipts for every item you purchase with you - for your automobile, clothing, ipod, candy bars, food items, etc. etc. etc.? What Michigan statute so states this and what Michigan statute authorizes such searches for tax payment of same? Maybe each Leo should stop all citizens and while youre in 'temporary custody' allow the LEO to review and search before you probably 75,000 pages of Michigan legal code to insure that you havent committed other infractions, just to make sure (for revenue purposes).
I dont think so; and if so stopped and overtly COERCED by such a law enforcement IMBECILE, the first statements Id make is:
Officer what is the purpose of that affixed STICKER behind my registration numbers?
Are you arresting me or am I free to go?
Most certainly such a 'revenue stop' as outlined above with OBVIOUSLY displayed required 'sticker'
is inane and most probably quite illegal .... and SHOULD probably involve the suggestion of CRIMINAL CHARGES to be brought against the LEO and his/her authorizing agency for doing so. Your registration number and accompanying 'sticker' ID ... is in a computer DATABASE and there should be no need for some revenue gestapo to re-verify whats already in that state database .... without probable cause
Surely, some LEO or LEO supervisor et al is attempting to 'make a name' for him/herself, especially in the time of catastrophic municipal revenue shortfalls.
Guess who the intended 'prey species' is?
Have you contacted your state senators and/or state house representatives?
Have you contacted your large local/regional newspaper / TV stations about this LEGAL COERCION
AND LEGAL THUGGERY????
At a time when probably the bulk of the population abjectly ABHORS and FEARS 'government', there is nothing like obtaining 'justice' through the court of public opinion as would be carried by 'the media', .... especially with November elections coming such could be quite 'explosive'.
Dont take this 'LEO chicken-scheist' laying down. ;-)