On July 11, 2013, police in Albemarle County, Virginia setup a roadblock to check ID’s in a residential neighborhood after the police allegedly received several complaints from the public regarding speeding in the area. One resident of the neighborhood directly affected by the heavy-handed police response initially refused to comply with requests to show his ID while being seized at the roadblock and was threatened with physical violence and arrest, as is standard operational procedure by police at such roadblocks, before acquiescing. After passing through the roadblock, the resident responded by making a sign warning other motorists about the roadblock ahead and stood curbside holding it for all to see.
Back in August of last year, I took Checkpoint USA’s forum offline due to the large amount of spam the forum attracted but was unable to filter. Today, I’m happy to report that an offsite forum dedicated to all things checkpoint and roadblock related is now online.
I encourage folks who are concerned about the growing threat suspiconless checkpoints pose to individual rights in particular and society in general to checkout the forum and participate in the discussion. My thanks go out to those folks who have volunteeered their time and effort to bring the forum online.
My thanks go out to the videographer for exercising his rights and making sure the incident was captured on video so the public can see for itself how the deputies of the good Sheriff of Rutherford County are ‘protecting’ the people he was placed in office to serve.
In followup to my earlier article. on July 1, 2013 at Pima County’s Consolidated Justice Court, hearing officer Chris Holguin dismissed the single charge of “stopping unnecessarily in the highway” levied against me by Pima County Sheriff Deputy Thomas Audetat after he decided he needed to be someplace else other than the hearing he was responsible for creating in the first place.