reply to post by DimensionalDetective
Okay, I have a few things to point out here about this video that seems to be lacking altogether, and it bothers Me totally as to the person who is
1) No city nor state name is supplied, which might explain the reasoning more so for the checkpoint.
2) There is no video of anyone being "actually searched" but a checkpoint is there, that is obvious.
3) The person filming seems to to be an easily intimidated person, going by his speech patterns, choice of words, and the fact that he is constantly
"uh uh uh" in his own video/audio recording.
My reasoning behind stating what I did about the city and state name is simple, we don't know whether this is a small town where these things do not
happen regularly, or somewhere near South Central and Compton, where it does happen all the time. I am not arguing the point here that it's against
the 4th Amendment of the Constitution, I am however pointing out very obvious and valid reasons I see there are facts left out. Is this something the
person who filmed it did, either by accident, or on purpose to leave it in question.
The video shows that this is a night-time operation by Law Enforcement, which makes one wonder if it is an D.U.I. checkpoint, which are done all the
time in cities, I've seem them, been through them, and they are totally legal. It's only a minor inconveniance.
As for the person's right or lack of right to film a Police Operation, I'm still not arguing that point, but the Officer who came up to this
indiviual asked questions, and I'm wondering if the Officer was wondering for what reason he and his fellow Officers were being filmed. You do know
that some Law Enforcement Officer's are paranoid of being filmed based on the points I've made here within this post, correct?
They know the United States of America is a country where people are crazy about sueing Law Enforcement over the stupidest and slightest
misinterpretation of what is going on based on a civilian who is not in the know about any facts, like I raised questions about here.
I was a Police Explorer in the town where I currently still reside, back when I was a teenager, I've helped with traffic-stops, and directed traffic,
as well as seen how people treat Law Enforcement from this perspective. I've also been a Security Officer with badge and uniform and just even having
the badge and uniform was enough to have people screaming and cussing Me out when I was there as a meditating force in the hospital I used to work in.
Yes, thanks in part to idiotic and stupid people, on both sides of this particular area, both civilian and Law Enforcement, things are misinterpreted
as well as mistakes are made.
Even if I didn't know all the facts when dealing with people, when I was in uniform, I talked in a calm and cool manner, even when people were
screaming their head off at Me, sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't, I have had people de-escalated within a matter of moments, and I've had
people who should have calmed down escalate for no other reason that I reminded them of a particular Law Enforcement they loved to hate, having found
that out via another Security Officer who dealt with them and they told them the facts.
Utilizing the fact that I am detective-minded here, I'm not going to call into question whether it was a violation of this individual's 4th
Amendment rights, but I am calling into question the validity of him stating this was an illegal checkpoint. I use that same detective-minded ability
to ask questions, that lead to questions, that lead to questions, that lead to the answers I am seeking, which is why I have been abused, accused, and
confused for a Law Enforcement Officer since I was 18 and I am currently now 35.
The fact that I would take the time on here, to question the validity of this video, should show I am thinking about this video and the posts, and
trying to be neutral as possible.
I understand abuse of power by Law Enforcement, as well as Government, I've seen it firsthand. Both can get heavy-handed at times, and I do see a lot
of troubling things going on in our current Administration, I am hoping beyond hope though that Bush goes out of office with a whimper instead of a
Oh yeah, one more thing, a Law Enforcement helicopter generally only flies around any checkpoint where a foot pursuit or felony evade and elude or
escaped prisoner are at. They might have been searching for someone at that time who fits this as we have all watched the television show COPS at one
time or another to know that for fact.
Most people do not know that the "Rodney King beating" happened the way it did because Rodney King was higher than a kite when the Officer's
ordered him down on the ground. Speaking from first-hand experience while dealing with drug-induced individuals at the hospital, people do not always
understand what is going on and lash out due to the drugs altering their state of awareness. From ecstacy where an individual in sexually aroused to
PCP where a person is out of control altogether, drugs mess people up in the head.
[edit on 17-7-2008 by SpartanKingLeonidas]