@KCCheckpoint Interviewed by 41ActionNews

KSHBKSHB’s Mitch Weber covered the impact that social media has on checkpoints in Kansas City. Watch the report and read the full story.

Related: Checkout comments to the Pitch story on KCMO’s new program regarding checkpoints.

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@KCCheckpoint Appears on 96.5 The Buzz (Audio Attached)

Special thanks to Afentra and Danny Boi for having us this morning on Afentra’s Big Fat Morning Buzz on 96.5 The Buzz.  We split the 30 minute interview into two sections.  We welcome comment on twitter, find us at @kcheckpoint.

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Kansas Supreme Court Rules “Smell of Alcohol” Not Probable Cause to Search Vehicle


619-02964944Police cannot search a vehicle merely because it smells like spilled alcohol, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled. The justices last month reviewed the December 19, 2008 traffic stop of Robert G. Stevenson, a man who had been pulled over allegedly because he signaled 30 feet before he made a turn at the intersection instead of the legally required 100-foot distance.

Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Detective Jon Gill and Deputy Justin Crafton suspected Stevenson might be involved in drug activity, so they used the 100 foot rule as a pretext for the stop. When Stevenson rolled down the window, the officers immediately were hit with the scent of booze.

“It smelled to me as if an alcohol container had spilled inside the vehicle,” Detective Gill testified. “It was a very strong, very strong odor.”

The deputy performed a field sobriety test on Stevenson while Detective Gill poked his head inside Stevenson’s 2001 Chevrolet Blazer and saw nothing incriminating. Stevenson was perfectly sober, so he was allowed to return to his vehicle. His driver’s license checked out and there were no outstanding warrants for his arrest. The officers were unsatisfied with this outcome, so Deputy Crafton decided the strong odor gave him probable cause to search for an open container of alcohol.
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Kansas ‘Retaliation’ Bill Would Allow Police to Arrest People who Complain about Officers

From Raw Story

womancuffedA Kansas bill being considered by the House Standing Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice would give police the power to arrest people who file complaints against officers if those allegations were proven false.

Kansas Exposed pointed out this week that someone on the Corrections and Juvenile Justice had anonymously filed HB 2698, which would allow people to be charged with felony perjury.

And the measure would prevent any other law enforcement agency from taking up the investigation once it had been closed.

Ironically, the anonymously-filed legislation would also ban anonymous complaints against police.
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Kansas Appeals Court Overturns Forced Blood Draws

Appellate court rules that Kansas cops cannot draw blood from drivers in an accident without probable cause.

“No Refusal” blood-draw procedures being performed in Georgia. (Source: myfoxatlanta.com)

“No Refusal” blood-draw procedures being performed in Georgia. (Source: myfoxatlanta.com)

Many states have enacted laws allowing police to take blood by force from any motorist involved in a serious traffic accident, but the second highest Kansas court in Kansas says the practice is unconstitutional. Last Friday, the Court of Appeals rejected the argument that drivers give their “implied consent” to such searches when they accept a driver’s license.

A three-judge panel considered the case of Aryanna Declerck who swerved off the road and rolled a Dodge Ram pickup truck on Interstate 470 on November 5, 2011 at 2pm. Declerck was buckled up and survived, but her passenger, Shaylee Oxy, who was not. She was ejected from the vehicle and died. The Kansas Highway Patrol officer who arrived on the scene asked Declerck to take a blood test. She refused, and the officer had the blood taken by force without a warrant at Stormont-Vail Hospital. Declerck was subsequently charged with felony manslaughter while driving under the influence of marijuana (DUI).
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DUI Reinstatement Fees Rise in Kansas


stack-dollarsGovernor Sam Brownback signed his first bill of the 2014 legislative session in Topeka on Feb. 3. The bill contains amended statutes that increase the fees associated with reinstating an individual’s driver’s license after both driving under the influence and refusing a test to determine the presence of drugs or alcohol in the system while operating a vehicle.

Reinstatement fees give an individual the ability to restore his or her license. The fees have been doubled for each individual DUI conviction. There’s now a $200 reinstatement fee on a first occurrence increased from $100. The reinstatement fee associated with refusing to take an alcohol breath test is now $600 on first occurrence, increased from $400.
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Internal Investigation into Fall-Down-Drunk DUI Cop Being Allowed to Drive

The Tennessean

Franklin officer Brent Rose participates in the filming of an anti-DUI commercial in 2009 for the Governor's Highway Safety Office. / Submitted by the GHSO

Franklin officer Brent Rose participates in the filming of an anti-DUI commercial in 2009 for the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. / Submitted by the GHSO

The two Franklin police officers who chose not to arrest a fellow officer reeking of alcohol and passed out behind the wheel of his car will face their own internal scrutiny from police.

On Nov. 3, Franklin Police Sgt. J.P. Taylor and Officer Megan Valentin allowed fellow Officer Brent Rose — who is trained DUI expert — to call a friend for a ride even though they said Rose appeared so intoxicated that he was barely able to stand. Officers also found what they believed to be a 32-ounce tumbler of whiskey and Coca-Cola in the car’s cup holder.

Instead of performing field sobriety tests, Rose left his car in the parking lot of a strip mall along Carothers Parkway and was driven away by a friend, even though Rose “fell face first” into some shrubbery when he stood up from a curb when his ride arrived, records show.
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Audio: Man Receives Threatening Call from TSA Over Parody Video

Video producer told to remove TSA parody or face criminal charges

A participant in the Infowars “We Will Resist TSA & NSA Tyranny” 10K Film Contest received a threatening phone call regarding his video entry late Monday afternoon from a man claiming to be with the TSA.

First discovered from a FaceBook post regarding the incident, the conversation’s audio was soon uploaded to YouTube and posted on the personal page of Telly Blackwood.


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Video: Next Best Thing to No Checkpoint.

We shouldn’t have to deal with checkpoints at all. But this response from a border patrol officer is the next best thing. Kansas City area police and county sheriff deputies take note.

Source: LiveLeak.com

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Voluntary Government Checkpoints Spark Backlash

USA Today
Larry Copland

CheckpointCallVoluntaryCheckpoints, which the government insists are voluntary, are creating a backlash because of the presence of uniformed police officers. Some police departments won’t participate anymore.

A tactic used by the federal government to gather information for anti-drunken and drugged driving programs is coming under criticism in cities around the country, and some local police agencies say they will no longer take part.

The tactic involves a subcontractor for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that uses off-duty but uniformed police at voluntary roadside checkpoints where motorists are asked on their behavior behind the wheel. In some cases, workers at the checkpoints collect blood and saliva samples, in addition to breath samples. NHTSA has said previously that the surveys do not collect any DNA. Drivers are not charged at the checkpoints.

In an era of rampant distrust of the federal government and in the wake of the Obama administration’s National Security Agency surveillance scandal in which the agency has collected telephone calling records from millions of unsuspecting Americans, the checkpoints have come under intense criticism in several cities this year.
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Pennsylvanians Coerced Into Giving Cheek Swab at “Voluntary” Checkpoint

Private firm backed by police to intimidate motorists into submission

A supposedly “voluntary” survey checkpoint run by a private firm in Reading, Pennsylvania on behalf of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy caused outrage when residents said they were forced off the road into a car park and coerced into giving cheek swabs as a result of an intimidating police presence.

Police CarThe Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation was hired by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to run the checkpoint, during which motorists were quizzed about their driving habits.
Reading resident Ricardo Nieves said that he had to repeatedly refuse to take part in the survey over a 5 minute period before the was allowed to leave. Nieves noted that the presence of city police and a police car with flashing lights was designed to “intimidate motorists” into submission and “gave the checkpoint an air of authority it would not otherwise have had,” according to the Reading Eagle.

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Cops Swap Patrol Cars For Big Rigs to Catch Texters

Revenue generation takes precedence over stopping actual crimes

Police Using 18-WheelersIllustrating once again how police are now little more than revenue generators for a state which vampirically feeds on the public, cops in Knoxville, Tennessee are swapping patrol cars for big rigs in a bid to catch texters.

The swap is “part of a sting to catch people texting and driving,” and gives the Highway Patrol police an advantage in spotting “violators” because the semi-trucks sit much higher.
According to the report, dozens of drivers were ticketed during day one of the sweep in Knoxville.

The notion of being tailed by a cop in a massive truck is obviously also a powerful intimidation tactic.
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