10 July 2009

No Surprise As DC Checkpoints Are Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal appeals court today unanimously ruled in favor of a group of District of Columbia residents, who challenged a ridiculous so-called "neighborhood safety program" that in essence set up vehicle checkpoints. The checkpoint program, devised and implemented by D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department, has been criticized by many.

And rightly so.

The four plaintiffs, represented by Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the Partnership for Civil Justice, sued the city, claiming the police "neighborhood safety zone" program is unconstitutional. The temporary vehicle checkpoints were initiated last year and set up in response to violence in a handful of neighborhoods.

Read the entire story here. It is amazing that DC lawmakers think this kind of "license to snoop" legislation is still okay. It was never okay, but no one stood up to them until recently. You would think after the Heller decision that they would understand that their provincial manner of thinking is a thing of the past. Maybe they have learned.
As the parable making its way around the internet says, "you should have stopped me at the dinner roll." Four courageous D.C. residents did just that.

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