Three years back, the US Supreme Court said – in response to a case involving the Indianapolis Police Department – that cops could not set up roadblocks to randomly search cars for drugs. Duh! “Unreasonable search and seizure.” You need, uh, probable cause. Perhaps a frickin’ warrant would be nice. Possession of drugs does not constitute an immediate driving impairment in the way that drunk driving does, which (quite improperly) causes the court to arbitrarily make big exceptions to the constitution for alcohol sobriety checkpoints.
In response, August 6 and 7, a multi-agency task force of Indiana cops, aka “pigs”, set up a fake random drug roadblock on the north side of Indianapolis. They put up signs reading (in English and Spanish) “narcotics checkpoint ahead.” They engineered it so that to avoid the supposed checkpoint, you’d have to drive badly, perhaps making an illegal U-turn – thus giving the pigs “probable cause” to stop you.
This netted them apparently at least one arrest for possession of marijuana. They haven’t been more specific about results. Anyway, they’re already announcing plans to do more of these in Indianapolis, and in Boone and Hendricks counties.
In the first place, the pigs are purposely creating a traffic hazard, trying to goad people into unsafe driving. That’s no good.
This tactic might skirt under the wire of what the courts will allow – but the courts are already giving them WAY too much ground here. Yet if I hit one of these pigs on the back of the head with a 2×4 to knock some respect for the goddam constitution into them, I would be considered the bad guy. Go figure.