Monthly Archives: June 2012

Off-Duty DC Police Officers Indicted In Assault

As well all like going to a club, bar or strip club this is a message to beware as you my find yourself faced with this type of incident.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four District of Columbia police officers have been indicted by a grand jury in connection with an assault near a nightclub in downtown Washington.

The charges Wednesday stem from a fight that broke out in the early morning hours of June 10, 2011 outside the Lotus Lounge. Investigators reviewing video of the incident later recognized that several off-duty police officers were involved in the fight while working as bouncers at the club.

Authorities say two of the officers, Kenneth McRavin and Thaddeus Modlin, repeatedly kicked and beat a man outside the club. Another officer, Keith Goins, is accused of not intervening. A fourth officer, Yolanda Lampkin, is charged with lying to a grand jury investigating the assault.

It was not immediately clear if the four officers had attorneys.

Source: SF Gate

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SF Mayor Considering Police Stop-and-Frisk Policy

Waking up to this type of stupidity is always great, Mayor Lee is an idiot for even considering this because it will not solve you crime problems and will violate people’s basic 4th. Amendment Rights.  beware if you are rolling thru San Francisco. And if you live their why did you vote this idiot into office. When will politician realize you will never stop crime, people will always commit crime. How instead of taking power from the people how about giving it back to the people to protect themselves.  Well, read below how they are trying to rob us of our rights even more.

SAN FRANCISCOSan Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says he’s considering implementation of the stop-and-frisk policy used in New York and Philadelphia to reduce crime.

Lee told the San Francisco Chronicle ( http://bit.ly/MyIhsm) editorial board on Wednesday that police officers need stop-and-frisk to get guns off the streets.

Civil rights groups have criticized stop-and-frisk as racial profiling, saying the policy disproportionately affects Hispanics and blacks. Thousands of demonstrators marched through New York’s streets this month to protest stop-and-frisk.

The mayor, a former civil rights lawyer, concedes the policy is controversial and says he will tagged for racial profiling.

Lee says he wants to explore the idea after discussing the policy with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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Dallas Biker Allegedly Arrested for His Helmet Cam

One Dallas biker wasn’t looking for trouble, but he found it when he was pulled over by a Deputy Sheriff. The officer first claims that he is making the arrest to confiscate the biker’s helmet camera, but changes his mind mid-arrest. We spoke to the biker’s attorney to find out more details on this wild story.

Dallas Biker Allegedly Arrested for His Helmet Cam.

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Traffic Stops and Roadblocks

Traffic stops and roadblocks fall under the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures because they limit our liberty of movement. A traffic stop or roadblock is valid when reasonable, and improperly obtained evidence may be suppressed from use in court against you.

Traffic Stops

A traffic stop normally occurs when a law enforcement officer signals a motorist to move to the side of the roadway and stop. The stop constitutes a seizure under the Fourth Amendment because it interferes with the motorist’s freedom of movement. In order for the stop to be valid under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution, the officer must point to specific and articulated facts to support a reasonable suspicion or probable cause of criminal conduct.

Reasonable Suspicion Requirement

Although an officer may randomly stop a pedestrian to check for identification or purpose in the area, a random vehicle stop to check for a driver’s license or vehicle registration is not justified unless the officer has a reasonable suspicion that the driver does not have a license or that the vehicle is not registered. The officer must have a lawful reason or justification for stopping a motorist. A traffic stop that is not justified will not be valid and any evidence obtained by the officer from such a stop will not be admissible in court. Common justifications for traffic or investigative stops include:

  • Traffic violations
  • Defective equipment or equipment violations
  • Missing or defective license plates
  • Erratic driving behavior, such as reckless or drunk driving
  • Emergency response calls
  • Suspicious criminal activity

Pretext Stops

A pretextual traffic stop occurs when an officer uses the suspicion of a traffic violation as an excuse to stop a vehicle for another reason. Pretext stops may still be valid even if a reasonable officer would not have made the stop. Thus, the officer’s ulterior motive for making the stop may not be relevant in determining the validity of the stop. Still, many state courts will not blindly accept the officer’s pretextual traffic violation justification. For example, weaving and improper lane changes may not be sufficient to show the pretext of a traffic violation unless it is also shown that the motorist’s driving posed a safety issue to another vehicle.

Specific and Articulated Facts from Others

Normally, an officer’s own observations are accepted as sufficient to justify the stop. But what if the officer did not observe the traffic violation or the suspected criminal activity? What if the officer received the information from another person? An investigatory stop that is based upon facts obtained from a citizen informer rather than an anonymous tipster will more likely be found to justify the stop. Justification for the investigative stop increases if the facts from an anonymous tipster are corroborated.

Roadblocks

Roadblocks or sobriety checkpoints are permitted under the Fourth Amendment so long as they are conducted in a neutral or non-arbitrary manner, their intrusion on motorists is limited, and they further an important governmental or public purpose. There is no requirement that an officer have a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity to justify a stop at a roadblock. Factors that determine whether a roadblock is neutral and does not overly intrude on motorists include whether:

  • Supervisory personnel or field officers make the decision to set up a roadblock
  • The roadblock is conducted according to neutral plans or guidelines
  • Cars are stopped randomly or are selected at the discretion of officers
  • The roadblock causes an unreasonable delay to motorists
  • The roadblock is clearly marked as a checkpoint
  • Officers conducting the checkpoint are properly trained and experienced
  • Advance notice is given to the public
  • Safe conditions are maintained

Roadblocks have been found to further a governmental interest in the following instances:

  • Catching and deterring drunk driving
  • Checking for vehicle or license registration
  • Addressing highway safety concerns, such as seatbelt law enforcement
  • Policing the border
  • Acquiring information on a recent violent crime in the area

A roadblock is not justified to obtain evidence of ordinary criminal wrongdoing or of drug crimes. Some state constitutions prohibit roadblocks and require officers to have an individualized suspicion to justify a vehicle stop.

Source: Lawyers.com

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Fourth Amendment – Konw It, It Might Help One Day

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Stop and frisk

A brief, non-intrusive, police stop of a suspect.  The Fourth Amendment requires that the police have a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been, is being, or is about to be committed before stopping a suspect.  If the police reasonably suspect the person is armed and dangerous, they may conduct a frisk, a quick pat-down of the person’s outer clothing.   See Terry v Ohio, 392 US 1, (1967).

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

A law enforcement officer’s brief detention, questioning, and search for a concealed weapon when the officer has reason to believe that the detainee has committed or is about to commit a crime. Any further search requires either a search warrant or probable cause to believe the suspect will commit or has committed a crime (including carrying a concealed weapon, which itself is a crime).

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.

Other Resources:

Wex Resources

Fourth Amendment

Criminal Law / Criminal Procedure

Search and Seizure

Unreasonable Search and Seizure

Mapp v. Ohio (1961)

Expectation of Privacy

Warrant

Arrest Warrant

Arrest

Search Warrant

Plain View

Stop and Frisk

Terry Stop

Reasonable Suspicion

Probable Cause

Anticipatory Warrant

No-knock Warrant

Knock-and-announce Rule

Exigent Circumstances

Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

Exclusionary Rule

Good Faith Exception to Exclusionary Rule

Automobile Exception

Electronic Surveillance

Privacy

OTHER RESOURCES

US Code: Title 18

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
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Ddi You Know? California Ending Use of Minor Traffic Stops as Search Pretext

The California Highway Patrol agreed to stop using minor traffic violations as a pretext for searching cars for drugs under a settlement of a racial-profiling lawsuit announced today.

The agency will also extend a ban on so-called consent searches, in which officers ask motorists for permission to search their cars even if there is no probable cause to do so.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the class-action suit three years ago on behalf of African-American and Latino motorists who said they were the victims of racial profiling by highway patrol officers, called the agreement a landmark in civil liberties law.

”This is a ground-breaking settlement,” said Jon B. Streeter, the civil liberties union’s main lawyer in the case. ”While there have been quite a few racial-profiling cases around the country in the last 10 years, none of them have resulted in the kinds of reforms we’ve gotten the C.H.P. to agree to here.”

Under the settlement, the highway patrol will also compile comprehensive statistics on each traffic stop, including the driver’s race, reason for the stop, whether a search was conducted and the legal basis for the search.

Source; the New York Times

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LA Calendar Show 2012 – No Patches “These idiots do nothing for the community”

The biker/motorcycle lifestyle has been around since the 20th Century, where it got it’s simple start from soldiers as they returned from the war and found the motorcycle to be a way to help them coupe with things. This is a brief explanation of the how this way of life got started but the focus here is that it was a simple beginning.

As years have gone by and the biker/motorcycle lifestyle has gone and evolved into movement that reaches around the world. Unfortunately, we have leaches, fakes, thieves and others who portray themselves as members and supports of this way community and lifestyle so that they may turn a profit.

With that said many of you have attended the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show started out as a great “biker” event in Long Beach California. But as most of you know over the years Law Enforcement has been putting “illegal” stipulations on events and business owners to not allow “colors or patches” into their events or establishments. This is a questionable practice that discriminates against “bikers, motorcyclists and club members” who choose to wear a certain type of clothing or dress a certain way. Below is some information that you may find interesting about the LA Calendar Show. Also beware the guy is trying to throw people with miss stated where the event will be by posting the Calabasas Inn and Calabasas Country Club as the possible locations.

From FastDates.com
LA Calendar Show’s Club Color Policy:
The LA Calendar Motorcycle Show when held at the Queen Mary in Long Beach the last 11 years, always had a “No Colors” rule required and enforced by the Long Beach Police and the Queen Mary property holders, not the LA Calendar Show

Now that the Calendar Show is moving to a the Calabasas Inn, (Corrected after looking at their website) we can and do allow in anyone and on our website it clearly states it is “Open to all Club Colors. But it also says we will not allow in “Outlaw Club Colors” – because some outlaw biker gangs are back on a killing spree recently. And last month 17 Vagos were arrested by an L.A.P.D. task force for drug trafficking and murder.

The LA Calendar Show has a legal and moral right to protect our spectators, the neighborhood and the community where the Show takes place, and to keep out known criminal gangs and murders. And not have group of straight pipe Harleys riding into a quiet upscale residential neighborhood and Country Club on a Sunday morning with illegal bikes.

We are requesting the LAPD and CHP to patrol the residential roads coming to the Show to enforce the California Vehicle Codes, and assure all spectators coming to the show will not be harassed.

The owners and promoter of the LA Calendar Show explains here why he does not want club members to attend his event:

“This controversy started because a bike club organizer who we gave much free exhibitor space to at past shows to bring in his sportbike clubs, I had to reduce his free space for his clubs this year. This pissed him off and started him off on this boycott campaign. In a free county he can do anything he wants.

We tried to reason with him, and we did remove the ban posted on our website regarding banning Outlaw Colors for a few days, but then he came back and demanded a written apology from us on our website and Facebook, and an open invitation to the Vagos and Hells Angles to attend the Show. Which is not going to happen.

These idiots do nothing for the community, they break the laws and annoy people with their presence, and they do not spend money with our vendors and exhibitors at the Show. These known outlaw gangs only go to bike events in groups to intimidate people and bolster their egos, and steal motorcycles out of the parking lots.

This boycott campaign helps assure that no outlaw gang members in colors will come to the Calendar Show, and assures it will be a safe event for everyone who does come. So in effect, they are helping to get the word out to the very people we don’t want at the Show, not to come

Anything you can do to get the word out that the Calendar Show wants to protect our fellow motorcyclists and give them a great day of entertainment would be greatly appreciated. We do not violate anyone’s civil rights. We are at a Private County Club which like any fine restaurant, school or work environment does have a dress code. And it will be enforced as we see fit.”

As a member of the biker/motorcycle lifestyle I find this very disturbing, what’s next will they decide to not allow Blacks and Mexicans because they according to “criminal statics” commit more crimes than other races. He is so proud to say he is not discriminating anyone’s “civil rights”, this type of person and this type of thinking is disturbing because language is selective discrimination.

BEHIND THE SCENES

The promoter of the LA Calendar Show/FastDates.com is quick to be so judge Bikers/Motorcycle Club Members as criminals and murders when he is a “PORN PEDDLER“.

I took the liberty to search around his site and click on various links that his has on his site and look what I found:

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Bree Daniels Hustler cover

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These are some of the links that are found on his site which take you to other site which have this type of material on them.

Don’t get me wrong I personally don’t think Porn and naked ladies too, it is not bad but when you are pointing fingers at Bikers/Motorcycle Club Members calling them criminals and murders but you are making a profit off of the “Lifestyle” that these same Bikers/Motorcycle Clubs pave the way for you and all the rest of us to enjoy.And just like Hollywood you take advantage of the ‘Lifestyle” and turn a profit off of it by dissecting it and choosing what parts you want to take advantage of just like MTV and producers of the reality show Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory.

So, the LA Calendar Show/ FastDates.com which will be as I see it discriminating against Bikers/Motorcycle Club Members from attending it’s 2012 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show & Concours d’ Elegance at the Calabasas Inn – Sunday July 22nd. I amazed that a guy who promotes himself as a being Mr. “Calabasas Country Club” and so worried about the safety of residences of the neighborhood and people who will be attending that is “family” oriented has so much pornographic material and links on his website which is easily assessable to children under the age.

SHAME ON YOU!

Russ Brown, who is so openly in support of the LA Calendar Show/FastDates.com and always has his booth at these shows where he tries to sell that he is a “Biker” attorney, it takes more than just riding a motorcycle to belong to this “lifestyle” you got to earn it by standing up against those who try to rob us of our basic freedoms, to ride and wear what we want. You obviously did not get this memo.

If you would like to express your feelings please free to contact the man behind all this:

Gianatsis Design, 4801 Reforma Road, Woodland Hills, CA 91364 USA
Phone (01) 818.223.8550 • Fax (01) 818.223.8590 • JGDesign@FastDates.com

Source: LA Calendar Show

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As Passenger Do Cops Have A Right To Ask You For ID?

This is a question I have a lot “Do I have to show my ID on a traffic as a passenger?”

The officer can ASK, but no, the passengers don’t have to give him identification unless there is probable cause to suspect them of something. (The driver is another story — if he’s been pulled over for speeding or something, he does have to show his license.) If a police officer asks to see your ID, ask (politely!) if you are being accused of something, if so, what, and if you are free to go. If you are free to go, then you don’t have to show identification.

A lot of people have no idea what their legal rights are — and a lot of cops apparently either don’t know or don’t care. Just because cops “do it all the time” doesn’t make it either legal or right! Make sure you know your rights and protect them. Otherwise we’ll all be living under the Gestapo in pretty short order. The website below gives some useful tips. Hope it helps.

When do I have to show police my ID?

From here, ID laws only get more complicated. In Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of Nevada, the Supreme Court upheld state laws requiring citizens to disclose their identity to police when officers have reasonable suspicion to believe criminal activity may be taking place. Commonly known as “stop-and-identify” statutes, these laws permit police to arrest criminal suspects who refuse to identify themselves.

As of 2008, 24 states had stop-and-identify laws. Regardless of your state’s law, keep in mind that police can never compel you to identify yourself without reasonable suspicion to believe you’re involved in criminal activity.

But how can you tell if an officer asking you to identify yourself has reasonable suspicion? Remember, police need reasonable suspicion to detain you. One way to tell if they have reasonable suspicion is to determine if you’re free to go. You could do this by saying “Excuse me officer. Are you detaining me, or am I free to go?” If the officer says you’re free to go, leave immediately and refrain from answering any additional questions.

If you’re detained, you’ll have to decide whether withholding your identity is worth the possibility of arrest or a prolonged detention. In cases of mistaken identity, revealing who you are might help to resolve the situation quickly. On the other hand, if you’re on parole in California, for example, revealing your identity could lead to a legal search. Knowing your state’s laws can help you make the best choice.

Keep in mind that the officer’s decision to detain you will not always hold up in court. Reasonable suspicion is a vague evidentiary standard, which lends itself to mistakes on the officer’s part. If you’re searched or arrested following an officer’s ID request, always contact an attorney to discuss the incident and explore your legal options.

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When Cops Are The Story

On May 22, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured a 3,500-word investigation of an apparent pattern of crime misreporting by that city’s police department.

Police reaction to the story by Ben Poston, a respected data expert on the paper’s investigative team, has bolstered Milwaukee’s emerging status as the Rubicon of police-press relations in the social media age. Weeks before, the police had taken an audacious step by creating its own news service, “The Source.”

The police chief and the paper are now slugging it out publicly over Poston’s story, much like competing newspapers or politicians might.

Poston’s reporting found that more than 500 violent incidents from 2009 to 2011 had been incorrectly categorized as minor assaults. The errors might mean that the city had a slight increase in violent crime in 2011, instead of the 2.3 percent decline touted by Police Chief Edward Flynn in February.

The story struck a chord in Milwaukee, with nearly 300 comments at the Journal Sentinel’s news website, JSonline.com, 900 mentions on Facebook and 200 on Twitter.

Poston did not overtly call the misreporting malicious, although his story included damning quotations—near the top of the article—from two sources.

Michael Maltz, a criminologist at Ohio State University, called it “cheating the public” and suggested the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) might have been “playing fast and loose”with the numbers.

Sam Walker, a criminologist at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, said the pattern of errors  “clearly indicates a systemic problem in the department” and charged, “There has to be a failure of leadership.”

That leader was Chief Flynn, and he was not pleased.

Age of Twitter

A year ago, Milwaukee was cited by The Crime Report in a case study for a roundtable conference on “Public Safety and Crimefighting in the Age of Twitter” as one of several large cities where police were increasingly assertive in their use of social media, such as Twitter and Facebook.

Milwaukee police occasionally used its new voice to tweak the media—or even to hector journalists. One example: the peculiar May 2, 2011, Facebook post suggesting that the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan was a “great teachable moment for media…on why law enforcement doesn’t always share what we know when we know it.”

On May 2 this year, three weeks before the Journal Sentinel crime stats story was published, Flynn and his staff formalized their standing as crime-journalism police by launching MilwaukeePoliceNews.com, nicknamed “The Source” by the police department.

Its mission statement reads, “We created The Source to give you the genuine, unfiltered information from us—from the latest crime stats to a hard hitting story about an officer’s work that you won’t see anywhere else. We’ll correct the news stories that got it wrong, and we’ll highlight the ones that got it right. Most importantly, we’ll create our own content so you can see what the Milwaukee Police Department is really accomplishing in the community.”

Old-school journalists are not happy about it. But as the tough-talking Chief Flynn put it, “Welcome to the 21st Century.”

Leonard Levitt, a New York crime journalist known for his antagonistic relationship with the New York Police Department, says the MPD is part of a broader trend of police agencies “emboldened” by what they see as a weakened media. They smell blood.

“There’s got to be a basic respect for what the media is supposed to do, and that doesn’t exist,” said Levitt. “(Police) have absolutely no regard for what the media is there for. The media is supposed to be a check on police abuses.”

Hour-long Interview

The MPD posted on its new website a video recording of the fairly cordial hour-long interview Flynn and several subordinates had with Poston and his editor, Greg Borowski.

But a provocative tease by The Source said, “Mr. Poston came not with sincere questions to be answered, but with a premise to be proven: the Milwaukee Police Department is lying about its crime numbers.”

At a press conference, the chief admitted “fairly consistent coding errors” in categorizing the assaults. In other words, he agreed with the story.

Flynn said he asked for audits by both his department and the FBI. Yet Flynn, a veteran police executive who also has worked in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Virginia, seethed during the 18-minute press conference, also linked at The Source.

“I categorically reject any notion that the cops don’t count,” Flynn began. He called aspects of Poston’s reporting “disingenuous bordering on cynical,” and he said a number of people in Milwaukee were “playing political reindeer games” with crime figures.

The Source added this histrionic aside: “We are also suggesting that the worst kind of exploitative journalism would be that which uses children to persuade the public to draw false conclusions.”

This was a reference to an anecdotal example low in the story about one misreported assault, of a toddler by his mother’s boyfriend.

The Journal Sentinel responded with an editorial: “Building the walls higher around (Flynn’s) police bunker and lobbing grenades over it won’t help the public.”

Michael Juley, police and courts editor at the Journal Sentinel, said in an email that his paper has held three meetings with Milwaukee police in the past two years to try to hash out a better working relationship. He said a fourth meeting was being sought.

Juley said, “The department ended its decades-long practice of holding workweek daily news briefs and started its own news website to disseminate crime information. This effectively has shut us out of talking to a live person face to face. So I would say relations with the department, while not at an all-time low, are not great.”

His paper is not alone.

No Special Access

Nearly 2,000 U.S. police agencies now use Facebook, embraced as a direct-to-citizens link, after decades of complaining about the traditional media’s filter. By longstanding tradition, police departments have given crime beat reporters special access and fast-track information—a courtesy call when a newsworthy crime occurred, for example.

That is changing: many reporters now resort to monitoring a department’s Facebook and Twitter feed for news tips.

Lauri Stevens, who consults police agencies about social media through her Boston-based firm LAwS Communications, says some journalists are intimidated by the changing police-media landscape.

In some cases, she said in an email to The Crime Report, “the media feel threatened that perhaps they will become less relevant.”

She added: “For any media outlet to express displeasure at police departments generating and distributing ‘news’ only illustrates their own naïvete and lack of understanding of what is happening in the world we live in.”

Deputy Chief Randall Blankenbaker of the Dallas Police Department, regarded as a trendsetter in use of social media, says he is watching the Milwaukee police news-source initiative with interest.

“I don’t know that we’re in a position or have a desire to do something like this at this time,” he says.

According to Blakenbaker, the police and the media have “different business models that create some of the issues and differences between us.” The media, he added, want to be fast and first while police try to be “as accurate and concise as possible.”

Blankenbaker continues:  “I do think that what Milwaukee is doing is indicative of the way things are changing in the country and in the world with the proliferation of social media. Everybody wants to be able to tell their own story.”

But who verifies those stories?

The ‘Right to Spin’

Pat Gauen, an editor with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who has spent most of his 42-year career on criminal justice beats, says every police agency has a right to “spin its message and put it out there.”

“But I think it’s our obligation to keep doing what we do and make sure the public sees the peril of getting only a particular point of view from the police,” Gauen says.

While the Post-Dispatch has a reputation for tough coverage of police, Gauen says he would rue the incommunicative police-reporter relationships found in some cities.

“A cop can give us a lot of guidance and behind-the-scenes input on a story that he can’t necessarily tell the public,” he says. “So they do have influence in what appears in the paper. If they stop talking to us, they give up some of that, and that’s not good for them, either.”

Leonard Levitt, the New York City reporter, embodies that relationship.

Since 1994, Levitt has written an inside-information column about the New York Police Department (now published at NYPDConfidential.com). He has become an infamous gadfly, uncovering stories that the NYPD would rather conceal. He is persona non grata at One Police Plaza and brags that the police public information office has refused to answer his questions for 10 years running.

Yet he manages to break stories by going around official channels through a network of sources inside the police department.

“What the police are trying in Milwaukee and other cities is really frightening, but it won’t work in the long run,” Levitt says. “People inside are going to talk. They can’t control the flow of information.”

Source: The Crime Report

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Congress Addresses Motorcycle Checkpoints

To read the full article please visit: Ultimate MororCycling

The letter stated: “MOCs [motorcycle-only checkpoints] are a controversial and unproven method of addressing motorcyclist safety and have not been an efficient use of limited federal dollars. The very existence of this program essentially profiles a group of citizens — the motorcycling community — for operating a legal mode of transportation.”

The letter, addressed to the conference committee chairs and ranking members, added: “The DOT should focus on programs to instruct motorcyclists on the importance of proper licensing, rider education, and motorcycle awareness campaigns.”

Representatives who signed the letter, in addition to Sensenbrenner and Petri, are (alphabetically): Sandy Adams (R-Fla.), Roscoe Bartlett (R- Md.), Dan Benisheck (R-Mich.), Mark Critz (D-Pa.), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) Sean Duffy (R-Wisc.), Bob Filner (D-Calif.), Corey Gardner (R-Colo.), Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), Kathleen Hochul (D-N.Y.), Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), John Kline (R-Minn.), Donald Manzullo (R-Ill.), Candice Miller (R-Mich.), Ron Paul (R-Texas), Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.), Aaron Schock (R-Ill), Lee Terry (R-Neb.), Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), Allen West (R-Fla.), and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.)

The AMA thanks these members of Congress for protecting the motorcycle lifestyle, and encourages motorcyclists in these representative’s districts to thank them for their support. The AMA will issue further bulletins as news about this important measure becomes available.

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