Joe Williams, an Atlanta, Georgia resident I’ve written about before, will be in court this Friday the 13th regarding an illegal arrest and several bogus charges stemming from an encounter at a so-called dui checkpoint in Atlanta, Georgia on January 13th, 2014.
The videos appearing below contain part of the audio footage from the encounter where the cops try to justify the checkpoint on grounds that it deters crime in the area. This despite the fact that general crime control checkpoints have been ruled illegal by the U.S. Supreme Court in City of Indianapolis V Edmond. Further, after the cops allow Joe to go on his way without charging him at the end of the checkpoint encounter, they track him down several hours later and arrest him on trumped up charges making it clear the unlawful arrest and harassment was premeditated:
If you live in the area, please consider supporting Joe in court this Friday. A recent email from Joe providing additional details regarding the encounter and the court appearance can be found below:
Join me this Friday the 13th in defending my 4th Amendment rights as it relates to a suspicion less checkpoint encounter. On January 3, 2014 I was stopped at a checkpoint in the city of Atlanta and ultimately arrested for
1) Failure to Carry License
2) Failure to Exercise Due Care
3) Failure to Obey Person Directing Traffic &
4) Obstruction of an Officer.
Why was I arrested? For not producing my driver’s license and defending my 4th Amendment rights to travel freely within my own country. I was NOT arrested for what I did, but rather, for what I did NOT do. I was arrested for not being subservient and I am committed to fighting these charges.
The purpose of this court case will be to demonstrate how police, district attorneys, judges and other government officials fail to uphold their oath of office in defending Constitutional freedom. Roadblocks & ID Checkpoints operate with no individual reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing, seek to control and intimidate local communities as opposed to serve and protect them, and intended to raise revenue for expanding government programs through fines, citations & arrest. Checkpoints are characteristics more closely associated with totalitarian governments & police states than they are free societies. When those sworn to defend the Constitution fail to do so who can the people turn to? The answer is themselves through rallies, protests, voting, running for office, peaceful resistance, direct communication with public officials, & civil disobedience. The path chosen depends on the individual. “The Constitution can only protect the people to the extent the people are willing to defend the Constitution” ¹
I believe strongly in the ability to travel freely within my own country and most Americans are too inconvenienced to defend this freedom. Freedom is for those with the guts to defend it. Again, what I believe this court case will demonstrate is how public officials put greater effort into violating the 4th Amendment than they do in defending it.
Join me Friday 6/13/14
State Court of Dekalb County
556 N. McDonough Street
Decatur, GA 30030
Judge Johnny Panos
Please note all court case proceedings are subject to change and continuances.
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
— 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution
“I would rather be exposed to the inconvenience attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”
— Thomas Jefferson
“The Constitution is not an instrument for government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government–lest it come to dominate our lives and our interests.“
— Patrick Henry
“Freedom to travel is essential to economic opportunity in a democracy”
— Michael Chevalier
“One declares so many things a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”
— Ayn Rand