I have a feature-length piece up at Huffington Post looking at the myriad issues to spill out of the Collinsville, Illinois traffic stop of two Star Trek fans last December. It delves into asset forfeiture, the effectiveness of drug dogs, and how difficult it is to get rid of a bad cop.
I also wrote an accompanying sidebar in which I examined the data of one Illinois State Police K9 unit over an 11-month period in 2007 and 2008. The dog had a false alert rate of 28 percent. It rose to 74 percent if you include cases where it alerted to drugs, but police could only find “residue” or “shake.” (Which of course wouldn’t have been tested for verification.)
I suggested “Set Phasers To Violate” for the main article’s headline.
Alas, I was overruled.