Category Archives: Roadblocks

DE: Roadblock to catch fleeing bank robbers was reasonable

Realtime GPS tracking information from a bank money pack taken in a bank robbery led police to a block in Wilmington, Delaware. It was reasonable for the police to cordon off the entire block and seize every car in it … Continue reading

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CA4: Routine traffic checkpoint complied with 4A

A routine traffic checkpoint complied with the Fourth Amendment where the roadblock was established to check licenses, automobile registrations, and compliance with motor vehicle laws to ensure the safe and legal operation of motor vehicles on the roadways. Defendant did … Continue reading

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CA5: Citizen of China on ship stopped on high seas by U.S. officers had no 4A rights

“Liang’s first argument, concerning the denial of a hearing on his motion to suppress evidence, is wholly frivolous. Because Liang is ‘a citizen and resident of [China] with no voluntary attachment to the United States’ and the challenged search occurred … Continue reading

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NBC15: Frustration over spike in gun violence prompts district push for police checkpoints

NBC15: Frustration over spike in gun violence prompts district push for police checkpoints by Nicole Fierro: MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) — Frustration over heightened gun violence is driving councilmembers to propose new actions. However, Mobile’s public safety director says some ideas … Continue reading

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Reason: Hit & Run blog: Going to Burning Man? The Feds Want You Searched for Drugs

Reason: Hit & Run blog: Going to Burning Man? The Feds Want You Searched for Drugs by Brian Doherty Can the government demand a warrantless search with no probable cause of ticket holders as a condition of issuing an event … Continue reading

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E.D.Ky.: DUI checkpoint was properly set up for proper motives and was reasonable

“In sum, the record establishes that the checkpoint at which Mink was stopped was not implemented in an unreasonable fashion under the Fourth Amendment. Instead, the checkpoint ‘was clearly aimed at reducing the immediate hazard posed by the presence of … Continue reading

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PA: Safety concerns are proper concerns for placement of a DUI checkpoint

“The selection and operation of the roadblock checkpoint was in substantial compliance with the Tarbert/Blouse guidelines.” Safety concerns are a proper concern in selection of the place for a DUI checkpoint. Commonwealth v. Mercado, 2019 PA Super 63, 2019 Pa. … Continue reading

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Reason.com: NYPD Orders Google to Trash Checkpoint Warnings

Reason.com: NYPD Orders Google to Trash Checkpoint Warnings by Joe Setyon:

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SF Chronicle: On the road to Burning Man, traffic stops and drug searches fuel backlash

SF Chronicle: On the road to Burning Man, traffic stops and drug searches fuel backlash by Peter Fimrite:

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TN: DUI checkpoint invalid: No advance warning, no bidirectional stopping, bad planning because traffic backed up right away, didn’t follow procedures

“The State has failed to show that the checkpoint was established and operated in accordance with predetermined operational guidelines or with supervisory authority that minimized the risk of arbitrary intrusion on liberty and limited the officers’ discretion at the scene.” … Continue reading

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W.D.N.C.: Roadblock near scene of home invasion robbery was reasonable

Police set up a perimeter a distance around the scene of a home invasion looking for the car involved, and defendant’s car was stopped. This checkpoint stop was valid under Illinois v. Lidster. United States v. Gilmore, 2018 U.S. Dist. … Continue reading

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CA5: Greyhound bus interdiction at Conroe TX was not a checkpoint stop; defendant disclaimed bag and bus driver’s consent applied to it

A Greyhound bus interdiction at Conroe, Texas was not a checkpoint stop. Two plainclothes officers got on the bus and walked down the aisle. Defendant was feigning sleeping. He ultimately consented to a search of a bag over his head … Continue reading

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Michigan Daily: Libertarians protest roadside drug-testing program

Stunning, the chutzpa of the Michigan State Police: Michigan Daily: Libertarians protest roadside drug-testing program by Leah Graham:

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PA: Commercial truck inspections coming into a landfill were valid under Burger

Pennsylvania State Police and environmental inspectors set up a roadblock into a landfill to inspect commercial trucks. In defendant’s truck they found some beer, and he was charged with DWI and “unlawful activities.” The stop and inspect of defendant’s truck … Continue reading

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WI: Checkpoint minutes after an armed robbery was reasonable; only two cars stopped

Officers responding to an armed robbery call were in the vicinity and parked in the street with top lights on along a possible escape route creating de facto checkpoint or roadblock. Because of time of day, there were few cars … Continue reading

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PA: Random suspicionless stops of boats on inland waters for safety inspection is unreasonable

Surveying apparently all the cases and statutes, Pennsylvania decides that random suspicionless stops of boats violate both the Fourth Amendment and the state constitution. The court distinguishes stops on the open seas upheld in United States v. Villa monte-Marquez. “Thus, … Continue reading

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