Despite Oath to Serve & Protect, AJ Ross Lies and Violates

On July 4th individuals employed at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee held a DUI checkpoint. When one driver questioned the need to roll his window down further, he was bullied and lied to by AJ Ross. Fortunately, the driver knew his rights, asked questions, and filmed the interaction. Unsurprisingly, that video has gone viral, with many calling for the dismissal of Ross.

Perhaps the only suggestion I have for the driver – who did a superb job – is to have not moved to the secondary location as advocated by AJ Ross. Yes, Ross was clearly ramping-up his bullying tactics, but the fact that he avoided the driver’s question (whether he was being detained) helped communicate that, if the driver would have kept asking that question rather than comply by moving his vehicle, the search of his vehicle might not have happened. Of course there’s a chance too that Ross may have gotten so agitated that he shot the driver, or that the interaction would have taken another course of action, but the driver would definitely have been well within his rights to stand on that point.

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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.