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The below post was submitted by David Freeman.
In the Police State of California, 4th of July means overtime pay for cops. Saturation patrols, and “show me your papers” checkpoints should be expected when traveling by vehicle. If you want to take public transit to a barbecue, the cops may decide to celebrate independence-day-overtime by gunning you down in the BART station. Want to relax at the beach? In order to gain access to San Pedro, Santa Cruz, and other state beaches, individuals are required to submit to searches of their vehicle, bags, and ice chests to prevent injuries related to “fireworks and alcohol.”
Despite these dire circumstances, free individuals celebrating the American spirit of resistance began organizing against the agents of aggression. This year, the holiday weekend debuted with a series of so-called DUI checkpoints funded by federal grants and conducted by law enforcement agencies across California. The first took place in Livermore where an armed group of protesters confronted the LPD Gestapo officers for violating the rights of peaceful travelers. By holding signs ahead of the checkpoint, the group gave numerous drivers the opportunity to avoid the roadblock and prevent harassment by the police. The officers and volunteers from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) were also confronted and questioned as they stole vehicles and operated their for-profit criminal operation. After several hours of confrontation, Sgt. John Hurd (Badge #1000) decided to end the Livermore checkpoint at 1 A.M rather than 2 A.M. This was accomplished with only 5 concerned citizens in attendance. With a group of 10-15, a checkpoint could be entirely neutralized.
Based on published statistics, the Livermore Police Department subjected 1200 drivers to unreasonable searches (and seizures) and only arrested TWO individuals for allegedly drunk driving during their 4th of July weekend checkpoint. That means less than 0.17% of those asked “show me your papers” were drinking! Since 11 vehicles were towed, we can conclude that 82% of the vehicles were stolen from undocumented drivers or people with registration issues. We all know the real reason they have these checkpoints. The cities and law enforcement agencies make millions ($40 million across CA in 2009) by selling stolen vehicles.
Police agencies are required to give advance notice of checkpoints before they occur. Take action by organizing against checkpoints in your area!
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