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.
On Monday July 1, 2013, I'll be back in Pima County Justice Court defending myself against a bogus traffic citation issued on March 29, 2013 at the SR-86 Milepost 146.6 CBP roadblock. The citation was issued by Pima County Sheriff Deputy Thomas Audetat, badge #6312, at the beheadst of CBP Agent J Grayson for allegedly stopping unnecessarily in the highway, a violation of ARS 28-871A. This despite the fact, I was stopped in accordance with two stop signs placed in the highway and by CBP agents who ordered me to stop.
One of the advantages of video recording your compelled encounters with Border Patrol agents at internal suspicionless checkpoints no where near the border they're supposed to be patrolling is the history the videos reveal & the searchable database they create.
Back in 2009 & 2010, I wrote extensively about Steven Anderson's beating by federal Border Patrol agents and Arizona DPS officers during a Border Patrol checkpoint encounter outside Yuma, Arizona along with the subsequent malicious prosecution he was forced to endure by an overzealous Yuma County prosecutor. See:
Back in early March, I blogged about a video that had gone viral on youtube depicting several video clips of individuals asserting their rights at suspicionless checkpoints inside the country (see video above). Since part of that video depicted an encounter Checkpoint USA had at an internal suspicionless Customs & Border Protection checkpoint back in 2008, I was contacted and interviewed by David Martin Davies of Fronteras Desk for an article he published on March 8, 2013.
My thanks go out to all those who assisted with organizing and advertising the contest along with everyone who took the time to post an entry:
On March 4th we announced The Checkpoint Contest, which solicited content that best demystifies checkpoints and educates others about their rights should they encounter one themselves.
When the deadline passed on April 8th we had received nine entries, which were judged by Terry Bressi (on behalf of Checkpoint USA), Ian Freeman (on behalf of Liberty Radio Network) and myself (on behalf of Cop Block). We all agreed – Gavin Seim’s submission best addressed the contest criteria.
For his efforts, Seim will be sent the Veho Muvi Gumball 3000 HD videocamera....
Read the rest of the announcement here.
With nearly 600,000 views in less than two weeks, it seems that the video I blogged about last week, which contains nine video clips of folks across the Southwest failing to assist Border Patrol agents with their suspicionless seizure & interrogation at interior Homeland Security checkpoints, has definitely gone viral.
Welcome to Checkpoint USA's blog. Here you'll find general information and discussions regarding growing threats to our right to privacy & travel.
While I refer to court cases along with state and federal law frequently in this blog, nothing written here should be construed as legal advice. I am not an attorney. Rather, I'm someone concerned about the growing disregard for individual rights present at all levels of government.
My conclusions are my own based upon personal experience and research. The law is made purposely complex however and varies significantly from place to place and circumstance to circumstance.
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