The heart of Warren Redlich’s Fair DUI flyer is asserting constitutional rights.
Asserting one’s 1st amendment rights to attack everyone else’s 5th amendment rights is hypocrisy – but a right I respect and cherish.
I would gladly fight for the right of Arizona Republic’s Editorial Board to publish something stupid like this week’s editorial, but warn my fellow citizens to disregard it’s statist opinion.
They mocked FairDUI.org and the FairDUI card, which is a Civil Rights tool custom tailored to each state’s particular laws for drivers who wish to assert their constitutional rights, while obeying the rules of their driving privileges.
Sadly, news editors in Arizona don’t know the difference between a right and a privilege. The former may not be abridged by the state except as enumerated, the latter may be conditional upon behavior, suspended or even revoked.
Police in America are conducting a “War on Drugs” – have they heard of it in the People’s Republic of Arizona?
Part of this War on Civil Rights, oh, I mean Drugs, police are seeking opportunities to seize small amounts of money and property from citizens.
Under the peculiar patchwork of laws allowing police to demand civil forfeiture, cash or guns (two most often seized items) may be declared guilty and their owner must perform the arduous task of retrieval at law – at their own expense – after the cop on the scene steals their property.
Police are also looking to arrest and incarcerate people to prove that their job is important.
DUI Checkpoints are extremely controversial, often deployed to harass specific groups when an event is going to happen, and frequently used to create selective enforcement situations.
Why is that?
If the checkpoints’ goal was preventing drunk driving, they’d target obvious situations ripe for abuse.
Instead, DUI checkpoints target things such as drivers entering Miami Beach’s “Urban Beach Weekend” on Memorial Day, because 100,000 black people are expected to visit.
Why search before the drinking starts? To try and score quick cash, a gun, a broken tail light ticket, anything to produce revenue for the department.
I’ve never seen a DUI checkpoint outside of an NFL stadium after a game, even though that’s the place most likely to have drunk drivers.
Having attended numerous football games, it’s no secret that half the stadium is sauced, and the potential for unlawful driving under the influence is high. Several years ago, I had to leave a tailgate group – because one of the members insisted on driving home drunk from each game and I refused to partake with that person if he was placing innocent lives in danger on the road.
Where’s the concern for public safety there?
When a cop says he smells something – there is NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE that he is accurately reporting that sensory data.
However, once there’s a smell test, there can be a search and everything is fair game. Don’t be naive and tell me that cops won’t lie to get their way, or bully to get their way.
The Arizona Republic should be ashamed of using its civil right to speak out, to quash our civil right to remain silent to the agents of the state.