How-to Handle Checkpoints

I saw this video make the rounds months ago but, after seeing it on the Ohio Cop Block group recently I thought it worth sharing here. Enjoy.

This post on checkpoints is especially timely as we just received an email from Archie Norris, who noted:

I recently came upon a Police Checkpoint, as I approached the check point, I was blinded by the lights, there were four cruisers on each side with a huge truck with a spot light shining on the checkpoint, all I could see were two officers standing in the middle of the checkpoint, I pulled up to the officers, and He immediately started screaming at me, I was in shock, I couldn’t even tell you what He was screaming about. I said I wasn’t speeding, He tell’s me to pull the “Fuck over to the curb” so I did, He ask for my license and registration, I haven’t had a ticket since I was a kid, I’m 40 yeas old now, He comes back to my car and sites me for failure to obey sign, and driving in unsafe conditions. I have never been through a checkpoint in my life, and that was covered in the drivers handbook when I took my DR test. What can I do if anything?

Do you have any suggestions for Archie or others who roll-up on a checkpoint?

One somewhat obvious suggestion is to always have a videocamera nearby when operating a vehicle – whether on your person, within reach, or mounted to the dash. If not tied-into the vehicle’s battery, make sure the batteries on the device are charged and there is room for content to be captured.

If you have a smartphone, download a free streaming application and become familiar with its functionality. That way, footage captured cannot be deleted by aggressors. Before even putting your vehicle into drive you may want to pull the application up, so if it’s needed it’s ready to go with just the push of a button.

If someone wearing a badge engages you be proactive and immediately inform them that you’re recording. This will safeguard you against any claims of wiretapping and deflate claims from those who automatically support whatever is muttered from a LEO. Also, stating that you’re filming may deter hostility as actions that happen during the interaction from all parties will be visible by others, making more-likely a scenario that you’ll be “free to go.”

On communication – ask “Am I being detained?” If not, leave. Be careful not to give-away any information that could be used against you in legal land. Respond to questions with questions.

Our friends at Indianapolis Cop Block shared this related link last night: 10 Signs That The Highways Of America Are Being Transformed Into A High Tech Prison Grid

Here are a couple other checkpoint-related videos that demonstrate some of these tactics:

Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.