Tennessee Driver Irritates Officers at DUI Checkpoint By Knowing His Rights [VIDEO]
Were the officers overstepping their bounds, or was the driver just looking to cause trouble just to make a point? Watch the video and decide for yourself.
During a routine DUI checkpoint in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on July 4th, a driver who was well versed in his Constitutional rights decided to test local law enforcement presumably to see how quickly it took for them to try and push the limits of what they could and couldn't do. And he caught the whole thing on video.
Before rolling up to the checkpoint, the 21-year old driver places a video recording device of some kind in the passenger seat of his vehicle with the lens pointed directly at the driver side window which rolled about a quarter of the way down. After being instructed to pull up to the next available officer, the driver stops and politely refuses to roll his window down all the way after being asked to by the officer conducting the checkpoint, claiming the window is fine where it is because they can hear each other speaking which clearly irritates the officer right off the bat.
From there, the nearly six and half minute video shows the driver being instructed to pull over for additional questioning, and other officers, including a K-9 officer stepping in to assist in a search of the car before allowing the driver to leave without incident.
The video's description on YouTube states the following:
The purpose of this video is to show that having certain rights counts to many police officers as being suspicious nowadays. This video was not meant to go after anybody's job or to sue anyone...This video is not saying that all cops are bad or that all cops want to use their power to take away Constitutional rights from citizens. Cops are also not "pigs." I very much respect law enforcement. All that I want is for citizens to have respect from police.
The description goes on to claim that of the 250 cars that were stopped that night, only one DUI was issued, while "20 vehicles were detained that required further investigation; Three vehicles were searched; One misdemeanor arrest was made, and 32 citations were issued including two child restraint device citations, 10 citations for violations of the registration law, four citations for violation of the light law, one revoked/suspended driver's license, six financial responsibility (no insurance), six other driver's license law violations, and two safety belt law violations."
Here's how I see it. While I get his point, and based on this video a convincing argument could be made the officers in this case were walking a fine line between what they could and could not do, I don't agree with the method by which he went to prove his point. Despite what the description says, and that in his mind, the intention may have very well been in the realm of informing the public. In this day and age of people taking everything they see on the internet as truth, I think this does nothing more than incite and reinforce the public's negative image of law enforcement.
I know several cops, a couple of have been good friends since 1st grade some 30 years ago, and I believe the majority of them are good people looking to keep the public safe while providing for their families. Are there a few who let the power of the badge, so to speak, go to their head? I'm sure there are, but find me any profession that doesn't have those types of people.
As I'm sure I've noted in the past, for the most part, I am a rule following, don't rock the boat kind of person. With that in mind, after watching the video above, my first thought was, "if you had nothing to hide and just would have done what they asked, you would have been out of there in a matter of minutes, instead of hours."
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