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Manhunt leads to massive roadblock, warrantless car-to-car searches
Police State USA ^ | March 15, 2014 | PSUSA

Posted on 03/16/2014 7:23:27 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

ROCKVILLE, MD — Thousands of motorists were brought to a standstill when police conducted a massive roadblock to find three crime suspects. Twelve lanes of traffic were shut down and swarms of armed government agents combed through a giant traffic jam performing warrantless vehicle-to-vehicle searches.

The busy Tuesday morning commute was abruptly halted just after 10:00 a.m. on March 11th. One driver told ABC News that traffic stopped and he witnessed 30 police cars pass on the shoulders of I-270 near Rockville. “Then, when I saw a wall of police officers with automatic weapons approaching our cars, it was apparent that something serious was taking place.”

Police had received intelligence that a local bank had been robbed that morning and the vehicle carrying the 3 suspects had turned onto the interstate highway. A throng of officers from the Rockville, Montgomery County, and Maryland State Police Departments blockaded all lanes of traffic in both directions and began conducting an intense manhunt.

There was “a lot of yelling, a lot of orders being given, helicopters, dogs barking, sirens, police cars driving by,” said eyewitness Carlton Higdon to WJLA.

Miles of cars were stranded and motorists were confined to their vehicles, with no explanation, for over an hour. Confused people exiting their vehicles were met with hostility from the police. WTOP reported that one woman leaned out her door to vomit, she was shouted at by cops to close her door.

“It’s just awful,” motorist Carmel Desroche to WJLA, describing the traffic jam. “I’ve never seen both directions of 270 like this before. It was painful.”

(Excerpt) Read more at policestateusa.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: 4thamendment; checkpoint; conditioning; donutwatch; dragnet; excuses; i270; manhunt; maryland; policestate; rockville; searches; tyranny; warrantlesssearches
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1 posted on 03/16/2014 7:23:27 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; Bigg Red; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


2 posted on 03/16/2014 7:23:51 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (The PASSING LANE is for PASSING, not DAWDLING)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Move along, citizen. Nothing to see here.


3 posted on 03/16/2014 7:25:24 PM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, deport all illegal aliens, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Sounds like the nazis unloading the trains at aushwitz


4 posted on 03/16/2014 7:26:17 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (Zippy the a##clown sez..............)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“Your papers please...”


5 posted on 03/16/2014 7:26:32 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Everyone should carry a copy of the Constitution AND commit to memory the Bill of Rights.


6 posted on 03/16/2014 7:27:11 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Obama’s Army!


7 posted on 03/16/2014 7:29:11 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What you have is a massive failure by law enforcement in Maryland. They panic at their failure and violate the Constitution wantonly to cover up their incompetence. They should be rounded up and sent to prison for breach of civil rights.


8 posted on 03/16/2014 7:29:37 PM PDT by SADMILLIE
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9 posted on 03/16/2014 7:30:52 PM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; Alaska Wolf; doc1019; TexasFreeper2009; Respond Code Three

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10 posted on 03/16/2014 7:39:35 PM PDT by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...

11 posted on 03/16/2014 7:40:46 PM PDT by null and void ( Obama is Law-Less because Republican "leaders" are BALL-LESS!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Something tells me that there probably was no bank robbery.


12 posted on 03/16/2014 7:42:40 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I want to know more about the guys they were after before I pass judgment. In 1978 my sister and I were in a roadblock on I-10 for four hours while LEO did the same thing. We had no idea what was going on and it was scary- but we later found out LEO was searching for Gary Tison, Randy Greenawalt and others that were on a murdering crime spree after breaking out of prison in Arizona. As inconvenienced and upset as we all were about the roadblock and the way LEO was acting it was far better than being a hostage of a murderer and not being saved.


13 posted on 03/16/2014 7:45:27 PM PDT by Tammy8
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To: rollo tomasi

Great advice. Unfortunately the people of Maryland along with many others through-out the country place into power those political elites who allow and encourage such police/law enforcement actions. In essence the public has given their consent to be ‘violated’ via the ballot box. Until the MAJORITY of the voting public actually gives a damn about Constitutional rights nothing is going to change. It will only get worse as such ‘violations’ will increasingly become the norm. Those who resist will either be given the obligatory sympathy from the usual quarters then fade away or something worse with little sympathy from an uncaring, uninterested public.


14 posted on 03/16/2014 7:46:13 PM PDT by yadent
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This is what happens when cops don’t have anything to do. Build them some basketball courts, or give them arts and crafts seminars, so they can learn something useful. Take their guns away, and make them dress funny, anything to discourage them from becoming a standing military force to use against the people. Better yet, if there are enough cops for them to block traffic like that, there are too many. Fire a bunch of them.


15 posted on 03/16/2014 7:46:17 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
No dogs shot? No colonoscopies?

Hey this was low key then.

16 posted on 03/16/2014 7:47:19 PM PDT by MarMema ("If Americans really wanted Obamacare, you wouldn't need a law to make them buy it." Ted Cruz)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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The US Supreme court has ruled them to be OK but by that time the Michigan legislature had taken enough heat that they decided to go with the state Supreme court which had said no. I don't know how things played out elsewhere.
17 posted on 03/16/2014 7:48:24 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: yadent
Unfortunately the people of Maryland along with many others through-out the country place into power those political elites who allow and encourage such police/law enforcement actions. In essence the public has given their consent to be ‘violated’ via the ballot box.

Exactly.
18 posted on 03/16/2014 7:49:41 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

No. No. No.


19 posted on 03/16/2014 7:52:54 PM PDT by bgill
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To: lightman

“Everyone should carry a copy of the Constitution AND commit to memory the Bill of Rights.”

The problem, is that the people familiar with those subjects aren’t the people who need to be - and many of the people who aren’t familiar with them will need re-education.

I’ve always wondered about the rather broad and elastic definition of “exigent circumstances”...


20 posted on 03/16/2014 7:53:18 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: ronnie raygun

If you’ll just shoot everybody you’ll probably get the bad guy in your dragnet too. The bank will be so thankful.


21 posted on 03/16/2014 7:55:33 PM PDT by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Funny in its own way. This is the DC Beltway, and most of the stuck drivers would be connected to the vast federal bureaucracy. Up until the point where they were threatened at gunpoint by stormtroopers, most of the people in these cars would have sworn they were in the ruling class, and these were their stormtroopers. I can see them now mumbling to their steering wheels, “Don't they know who I am?”

But unfortunately for them, they aren't the real ruling class, because the ruling class doesn't drive a Prius to work. They get driven to work. Or flown. Or people drive their own Prius to meet them. They are just the useful idiots of the federal bureaucracy. Enjoy the boots on your necks, too, fellas.

22 posted on 03/16/2014 7:59:00 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Theophilus
" The bank will be so thankful."

So, why are there no roadblocks in NJ to find Corzine?

23 posted on 03/16/2014 7:59:07 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: null and void

My answer to the officers:
“Sure, no problem. get a warrant”.


24 posted on 03/16/2014 8:00:01 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Paladin2
Having "lived" in maryland for 30+ years, only to escape to the SW a few years ago, I can vouch that maryland is THE Freak state.
25 posted on 03/16/2014 8:01:00 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Conditioning 101


26 posted on 03/16/2014 8:04:57 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: Jonty30; Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“SWATting”, now in “troll motorists” form.


27 posted on 03/16/2014 8:05:11 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: rollo tomasi

“as police can often act irrationally if offended.”

Police can often act irrationally for no reason at all. Offending them guarantees it.


28 posted on 03/16/2014 8:07:36 PM PDT by Delta 21 (If you like your freedom, you can keep your freedom. Period.)
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To: lightman
"Everyone should carry a copy of the Constitution AND commit to memory the Bill of Rights."

Fourth Amendment: 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. (Emphasis added.)

First question to think about: Was the search unreasonable?

Second question to think about: If the answer to the first question was "yes", what would have been reasonable?

29 posted on 03/16/2014 8:07:44 PM PDT by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: cripplecreek

You can bet I’ll be contacting MY State people. Nobody is searching anything I own without a warrant


30 posted on 03/16/2014 8:10:32 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: RedMDer; DJ MacWoW

Gestapo down there get a fresh shot of steroids or what?


31 posted on 03/16/2014 8:11:20 PM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: Shadowstrike

They can always find a reason to stop an individual but finding a reason to stop everybody is a lot higher hurdle in 10 states.


32 posted on 03/16/2014 8:12:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The Police State protects itself first, and they put themselves above the law when doing so.


33 posted on 03/16/2014 8:12:55 PM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: KrisKrinkle
First question to think about: Was the search unreasonable?

Absolutely.

Being at the wrong place at the wrong time does not constitute reasonable suspicion much less probable cause.

Second question to think about: If the answer to the first question was "yes", what would have been reasonable?

A warrant based on probable cause.

34 posted on 03/16/2014 8:15:57 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: null and void

35 posted on 03/16/2014 8:17:16 PM PDT by Old Sarge (TINVOWOOT: There Is No Voting Our Way Out Of This)
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To: Jonty30

And apparently they only took $7000. Something sure don’t add up.


36 posted on 03/16/2014 8:18:23 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: ronnie raygun

“Sounds like the nazis unloading the trains at Aushwitz”

Speaking of Nazis, does anyone know if it’s MD that uses Nazi SS style hats and belts for their State Troopers, or is that NJ?


37 posted on 03/16/2014 8:21:29 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: vette6387

That’d be NJ, last I’d seen.


38 posted on 03/16/2014 8:23:55 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

 HUT! HUT! HUT! HUT! HUT! HUT! HUT! HUT! HUT! HUT! HUT! HUT!

39 posted on 03/16/2014 8:34:17 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This reminds me of a thread I saw here on Free Republic a couple of years ago.

Apparently there was a bank robbery in Aurora, Colorado, and the robber was believed to be driving on a street in that city shortly after the robbery.

The police stopped traffic and ordered the occupants of each vehicle, one vehicle at a time, to get out at gunpoint with their hands up and then sit on the curb.

The thread on Free Republic had a picture of a young guy exiting his vehicle with his hands up, while the jack boots pointed a shotgun or semi-automatic rifle at him. Welcome to Amerika!


40 posted on 03/16/2014 8:37:36 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: vette6387
Don't know about the cap, but the belt is called a “Sam Brown Belt” and was around before the Nazis. They started wearing them in the early to mid 1920s, I have one that is even older than that. Mid teens I think. The U.S. Army used them prior to WWll and Many police departments used them in the first half of the 20th century and I suspect some still do on dress uniforms.
41 posted on 03/16/2014 8:37:45 PM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: bgill; JRandomFreeper

Fort Worth police ‘allowed’ warrantless ‘interviews’ a few months ago, we asked Abbott what he thought, and the FW Police Chief responded that they won’t do that again.

MD, get your Attorney General involved, assuming he/she isn’t already full-on Commie.


42 posted on 03/16/2014 8:39:23 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They did warrantless house searches in Boston with no problem, why does anyone think they are exempt in their cars anywhere...


43 posted on 03/16/2014 8:44:02 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

behold, the illusion of freedom.


44 posted on 03/16/2014 8:45:45 PM PDT by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody White and feel relieved.”
— Jesse Jackson


45 posted on 03/16/2014 8:47:18 PM PDT by HippyLoggerBiker (Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.)
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To: lightman

“A warrant based on probable cause.”

And “particularly describing the place to be searched,” when that involved “miles of cars”, probably hundreds?

How long would it take to get such a warrant? Should the vehicles and people be detained for however long it takes? Would the fleeing criminals have more time to find a way to sneak away?


46 posted on 03/16/2014 8:50:07 PM PDT by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: Tupelo

Sam Browne invented the belt to allow him to draw his saber after he lost one arm, long before Hitler was born.


47 posted on 03/16/2014 8:51:36 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: dsc

True. sorry about dropping the e. Probably invalidates what I wrote.


48 posted on 03/16/2014 8:55:20 PM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: Tupelo

“True. sorry about dropping the e. Probably invalidates what I wrote.”

I didn’t even notice the e. I just like the Sam Browne. I think our military should bring it back—but only for men. After all, nurses look silly in a sword belt.


49 posted on 03/16/2014 9:08:04 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: KrisKrinkle
what would have been reasonable?

An articulable fact that led to specific suspicions and possible arrest.

Possible bank robbers in every car on the road is a illusory argument designed to make criminals out of every citizen that operates a vehicle; not an adequate articulable fact in a free society.
50 posted on 03/16/2014 9:16:01 PM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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