A number of motorists driving through Fort Worth, Texas, recently encountered what many feel was a violation at the hands of local law enforcement.
Police around the nation have been accused of encroaching on the liberties of citizens in recent weeks. According to witnesses, this incident marks the latest in that trend.
In collaboration with a National highway Traffic Safety Administration study on impaired driving, several officers initiated traffic stops along the urban road, seeking a sample of blood or other bodily fluid from those they detained. While those behind the study indicate that participation is on a volunteer basis, some drivers say the process felt mandatory.
“It just doesn’t seem right that you can be forced off the road when you’re not doing anything wrong,” said local Kim Cope.
She said she eventually conceded, submitting a breath sample to the intimidating cop. Although participating law enforcement officers were supposedly authorized to pay drivers as much as $50 for their compliance, Cope said she received nothing but an inconvenience.
“None of it felt voluntary,” she explained, noting that she “gestured to the guy in front that I just wanted to go straight, but he wouldn’t let me and forced me into a parking spot.”
The Fort Worth Police Department publicly apologized to “any of our drivers and citizens [who] were offended or inconvenienced by the NHTSA National Roadside Survey.” Local civil rights attorney Frank Colosi, however, doesn’t think an apology is enough.
“You can’t just be pulled over randomly for any reason,” he said. Furthermore, he contends that drivers were subjected to a test by “passive alcohol sensors,” even if they ultimately refused to submit a sample.
“They’re essentially lying to you when they say it’s completely voluntary,” he said, “because they’re testing you at that moment.”
Privacy in today’s America is an increasingly rare commodity. As those tasked to protect citizens continue overstepping their boundaries through coercive and intimidating means, individual sovereignty has taken a backseat to the government’s hollow promises of security.
The left is dedicated to imposing a monitoring system the likes of which George Orwell could have never dreamed. In order to advance that policy, neighborhood cops are already being drafted to desensitize Americans to the invasive hand of a tyrannical government.
–B. Christopher Agee
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