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Group Sues Over Checkpoints

A civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit today to halt the D.C. police department's new checkpoint program, saying that the screening of motorists is unconstitutional.

By Marcia Davis  |  June 20, 2008; 3:38 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  
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I support this group's response against the unconstitutional actions of the District police and attorney general.

John Smallberries
Candidate - Councilman AT LARGE

Posted by: John Smallberries Esq., Republican AT LARGE | June 20, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I agree that the Police Chief and Mayor Fenton's actions was a violation of my constitutional rights. During the "seige of Trinidad" I believed that my neighborhood was being held hostage. For the police chief to set up a checkpoint during the day hours not the night was not a sound solution to crime in the Trinidad area. The police department changed the view and value of my property in addition to officers making individual decision as to what response was appropriate to entry into the community. We had grand parents who children couldn't be picked up because the parents answer to officers questions was not sufficient. We had property owns who families felt compeled to question their safety in a zone ear marked for crime. We had citizens on fixed income and time restraints subject to making a five minute venture outside the zone to CVS turn into a 30 to 45 minute venuter. In their haste to address crime the police failed to include residence in their decisions.

Posted by: Paula Lee | June 20, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

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