Comments by Ponzi

DUI sting for the stung?

"The roadblock is clearly marked as a checkpoint." I most certainly doubt the El Cajon Police set up the signs indicating there was a checkpoint. I also suspect they did not give advance notice to the public. Also, the story makes it sound like they checked every car that entered the parking lot. So, according to your information, the checkpoint was conducted illegally. Also, you might try to get some scholarly information instead of relying on the statement on the blog of a random lawyer. ONLY sobriety checkpoints are permitted under the U.S. Supreme Court decision. Checkpoints for license or others papers (only) have never been legal. His blog is wrong. The Fourth Amendment's reasonableness standard prohibits officers from randomly stopping vehicles to check driver's licenses and registration. Case: Delaware v. Prouse Just because the rouge police forces are getting way with illegal checkpoints doesn't imply that they are illegal. Police forces engage in illegal acts every minute of every day. Governments do as well, such as illegal wars based on false claims of weapons of mass destruction. I am not sure why you continue to defend the El Cajon Police forces illegal actions in this matter unless you are one of their employees. However, I suggest if you want to be credible you take the time to study the law and cite accurate sources. That will lift you, at least in appearance, above the drywall hanger-with-a-badge mentality that most policemen actually are.
— April 23, 2014 5:27 p.m.

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