You can't dig in the garbage and sell the stuff in it because its still someones property. Quoting: Anonymous Coward 14899339
No I don't think its fair but yes I know its the law.
You violated the law.
Change the law.
If it's tossed into the trash.. it's public property. Why is it that cops will dig through a suspect's garbage for phone bills bank statements etc.
Because once you toss it into the trash it's public domain and fair game for any one to look at or take. There is no expectation of privacy & no further anticipated use.
Claiming there is a law where there clearly isn't is a troll tactic and another kick in the nuts for what little constitution you have left..
So unless the owner is claiming they set the bike against the trash while they ran inside for something, there's no great crime in some one coming along and making use of it.
Even if the owner claimed it was set there by accident.. the officers should have simply returned the bike to the owner and sent every one on their way.
Instead they chose to waste valuable resources and man hours writing up a misdemeanor.. it took 4-6 officers 3-4 hrs to write up the paperwork, process & then release him to obtain legal representation for a charge that will most definitely be tossed out.
If I were the judge hearing this case i would not only dismiss the case, but I would fine the officers plus court costs and wages for every one working in the courtroom that day.. for wasting tax dollars, embarrassing themselves and the entire NJ police force on live camera, I'd recommend they take two days off without pay.