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SCPD Illegal Roadblock and Checkpoint Photos

Photos from the illegal roadblock and checkpoint Saturday night.
Photos from the illegal roadblock and checkpoint Saturday night.
Here it is, the ugly reality. Random, warrantless, non-emergency police roadblocks and "checkpoints" on our city streets, targetting any and all innocent civilians who have the misfortune of stumbling into this poorly-announced trap.

You don't have to be a criminal anymore, to be treated like one.

At times the traffic that jam police created on Ocean northbound was backed up all the way to Broadway 2 long blocks away, even though it was 10p and all other streets around had no similar traffic. If you or I intentionally created such a problem, we'd surely be punished.

From 9p til 1am, every single driver was forced to stop and submit to a brief in-car interrogation and cursory search of their vehicle through the windows - front and back seats. Many drivers were made to show identification - nevermind that this has nothing to do with intoxication.

Many drivers were ordered to pull off and park in the Washington Mutual Bank parking lot for further interrogation. Those who were arrested, and thus forced by police to abandon their vehicles in this private parking lot, also saw their vehicles immediately stolen by the SCPD's regular accomplices, Santa Cruz Towing, so that those wonderful "storage fees" could start accumulating right away. After all, you cant leave your car here sir - it's private property. Convenient, that.

On the east coast, they call that "racketeering". The mob specializes in it.

In at least one case, a passenger was also interrogated, searched, and made to show identification for the standard "wants-and-warrants" check. Dont ask me what a passenger has to do with drunk *driving*.

Appologists for the SCPD will of course argue that police are obligated to perform general enforcement too, and not overlook other crimes. However, the SCPD prefers not to call these "General Enforcement Checkpoints" as they then should. The truth sounds too sinister. Bad for public relations.

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

4th Amendment to the US Constitution

Funny, they call themselves "law enforcement", but they weren't enforcing the Constitution that night. Yet it's highest law of the land.

Oh, I forgot - there's no money or power in leaving innocent people alone.

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The same old song and dance

It looks like the SCPD have the same disregard for civil rights nowadays that they had when I used to live in Santa Cruz back in 1980-1983.


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