Military Style Checkpoints

In one D.C. area, officers will be checking cars:

“Starting on Saturday, officers will check drivers’ identification and ask whether they have a “legitimate purpose” to be in the Trinidad area, such as going to a doctor or church or visiting friends or relatives. If not, the drivers will be turned away.”

I would imagine that depending on who you are visiting, the police could decide to turn you away. Also, how will they determine if you really do know the people there or not?

More disturbing is this:

“Police will search cars if they suspect the presence of guns or drugs,and will arrest people who do not cooperate, under a charge of failure to obey a police officer, officials said.”

The article does not say how the police will determine if a car is suspect or not, so that means that all cars can be inspected. And if you refuse this unconstitutional search you will be arrested. Pedestrians will not be searched-for now.

“…In this country, you don’t have to show identification or explain to the police why you want to travel down a public street.”

Until now.

The interim Attorney General is confident they won’t be sued-he doesn’t anticipate it, “But if you do want to sue us, the courts are open.” That’s quite the display of arrogance.

And they are planning to revamp the Safe Homes Initiative:

“The plan, announced by Lanier and Fenty at a news conference in March, called for police to go door-to-door in crime-ridden areas and ask residents whether they could go inside and search for guns. Residents and some council members voiced concerns that homeowners would feel intimidated by police. Lanier backed off, but said she plans to move forward soon by having residents call police to set up appointments.”

Put all this together with the fact that this summer, the police will be armed with semiautomatic rifles. No wonder the residents feel uneasy.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathie
    Jul 25, 2009 @ 19:34:34

    Trinidad where? not in the states?!


    • abrianna
      Jul 25, 2009 @ 23:55:20

      Yes, it was in the states. In D.C. (District of Columbia) there is an area referred to as Trinidad and that was where the checkpoints were.


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