Some question a recently released video that was taped during a DUI / Sobriety Checkpoint in Murfreesboro that involved Murfreesboro Police Officers.
One of the two men in the truck named Axl David told WGNS...
"I was friendly with the officers, I thanked them for answering my questions and told Sgt. Cox that I appreciated the information he provided. The opposition to reasonable police accountability locally, in light of Ferguson and other events nationwide, perplexes me."
"The FBI has concluded that stationary checkpoints are the least effective method of cutting down the amount of DUI's. Officers are stationary on the side of the road fishing with dynamite, citing drivers for petty equipment violations, instead of patrolling and looking for signs of impairment. My opposition to roadblocks is because they allow more drunk drivers to roam free."
"Source for the study: http://americanlawyeracademy.com/california-dui-checkpoints-effectiveness"
The police department released the following information about that stop...
The Murfreesboro Police Department recently participated in a sobriety checkpoint on S. Rutherford Blvd. in cooperation with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and other Rutherford County law enforcement agencies. The goal of the program is to reduce fatal crashes caused by intoxicated drivers. The MPD is a participating partner with the THP and the Governor's Highway Safety Office. The sobriety checkpoint was properly advertised by the THP and the checkpoint was conducted in accordance with state law.
The driver of the vehicle was stopped in the checkpoint and approached by Officer Megan Benson. Officer Benson is assigned to the Murfreesboro Police Alcohol Countermeasures Team (MPACT), who specializes in detecting and enforcing Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and other alcohol violations.
The driver of the vehicle lowered the window to the Officer's eye level. Due to the Officer's height, she was unable to determine if the odor of alcohol was coming from the vehicle. She then instructed the driver to pull into the parking area for further investigation. Sergeant Allen Cox, the supervisor assigned to the checkpoint, approached the vehicle and engaged in a conversation with the driver. During that conversation Sgt. Cox detected the odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The driver was asked to step out for further investigation, to which the driver complied. A series of sobriety tasks were performed by the driver who did not show signs of impairment.
After the driver returned to the vehicle, he and other passengers had questions for the supervisor. Sgt. Cox answered the questions and respectfully engaged in the conversation. Once the questions were answered the officers returned to their assigned duties at the sobriety checkpoint.
In Tennessee, an officer is required to have reasonable suspicion to stop a motorist beyond that of the sobriety checkpoint. The supervisor reported to have detected the odor of alcohol coming from the partially open window. This detection would lead a reasonable person to investigate further.
The Murfreesboro Police Department is committed to upholding the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of State of Tennessee and the laws under which we have authority. The incident in the video demonstrates this position and we stand behind the actions of the officers in the video.