From The Tennesseean:
A video of Rutherford County deputies stopping a Middle Tennessee State University student at a DUI checkpoint, then asking him to pull over and searching his car after he wouldn’t roll the window all the way down, is nearing 2 million hits on YouTube.
Libertarians nationwide have been recording interactions with police in a campaign to demonstrate what they call violations of constitutional rights. A party representative said Chris Kalbaugh, 21, checked in and got the go-ahead for such a demonstration before he stopped at the checkpoint and encountered Rutherford County Sheriff’s Deputy A.J. Ross.
Kalbaugh’s video camera was recording from the passenger seat, aimed toward the driver’s side window.
In the video, Ross asks Kalbaugh to roll down his window farther, and Kalbaugh refuses, saying it’s fine where it is. When Kalbaugh continues to challenge Ross’ demands, Ross orders him to pull his car over and step out. Later, a drug dog searches the outside of car, then inside.
Here’s the video:
And don’t give me the “they have a hard job” bullshit, or excuse this as being for the “public good”, the police in Tennessee — who love to use asset forfeiture on travelers carrying cash to rob them — and other police departments around the country, are using these checkpoints to get around needing warrants to search people’s vehicles so they can trump up charges. Even the deputy that gets this rolling admits, “He’s perfectly innocent and he knows his rights. He knows what the Constitution says.”
How do you know this was wrong? What’s the response of the police once they know they’re being recorded…? All of a sudden their drug dog’s alert “wasn’t a good alert…”