If you haven’t seen it yet, this week’s video is a fascinating example of police interaction at a DUI checkpoint. I’ve watched it several times now and, frankly, I have to say I’m embarrassed for the officers. It’s pretty clear they want to do a good job and that they take their role as law enforcers seriously.
Unfortunately, they also appear to be poorly trained, not very well supervised, and more interested in using intimidation tactics than they are in following the letter, spirit and intent of the law.
Fourth of July DUI Checkpoint (click on the banner in the middle of the screen to remove it)
First, know that I’m not anti-police, anti-authority, or anything of the sort. I simply can’t tolerate bad behavior by those who are supposed to be protecting and serving our communities. With that in mind, below are my comments about specifics of the encounter: