Over 3 million hits so far. This young man's record of a DUI checkpoint stop is raising question over whether we should exercise our rights when the police are involved. It might be that is when we most need to exercise our rights.
There's a video from my home state of Tennessee that's going viral right now. If you haven't seen it yet, it was shot by a young man at a DUI checkpoint stop on July 4th. Rather than allowing the officer to abridge his rights as a citizen, the young man asserted those rights. The officer became aggressive and subjected the young man to an illegal stop and search of his vehicle. The search turned up nothing, and the young man was eventually allowed to go along his way.
I have a few thoughts about this incident, but first, watch the video: 4th of July DUI Checkpoint
Now, let's talk.
Should this young man have stood up for his rights, or should he have complied with every demand made by the officer, regardless of whether or not those demands were legal or not? He was polite and calm, but he wasn't compliant. Should he have complied with the officer's demands, even though he had a right to refuse? Should the young man have consented to a search on his car? While DUI checkpointsRead More »from DUI Checkpoints: Are There Limits to How Far Police Can Go?