Innocent Citizens Held At Gunpoint In Terrifying California Checkpoints

Staring down the barrel of freedom at a government checkpoint during a manhunt.
Police State USA
Oct. 28, 2013

An innocent citizen stares down the barrel of a rifle while driving down the street. (Source: AP/The Sacramento Bee, Randall Benton)

ROSEVILLE, CA ĖInnocent citizens traveling down public streets had a terrifying experience when they were forced through a warrantless government checkpoint in which armed men pointed guns at their heads while they proved their innocence.† Police were looking for a suspect in a recent shooting and were using the opportunity to roll out aggressive checkpoints.

The area had been put into lockdown while police looked for a shooting suspect on Friday afternoon.

A federal agent patrolling the streets of Roseville on October 25th recognized a suspect on a bicycle as†Samuel Nathan Duran, 32, a wanted parole violator.† Duran fled and led officers on a chase, where Duran shot one officer, jumping a fence, and temporarily evaded police.

Police used the opportunity to lock down the area.† Roadblocks were set up.† Schools went into lockdown.† Helicopters whirred overhead.† Police forced at least 15 homes to evacuate and roadblocked the streets.

While Roseville police deployed SWAT and pointed rifles at innocent drivers, Sammy Duran had holed up in a nearby house.† The inhabitants of that house escaped, and Duran proceeded to hold out in that house for several hours before ultimately surrendering hours later.

The manhunt was reminiscent of what was seen in the Los Angeles area earlier this year, where police sought an ex-cop named Christopher Dorner.† During that manhunt, police shot up 3 innocent people in separate incidents, misidentifying their targetsí identity, gender, vehicle, and race.

Police show particular ferocity during manhunts involving one of their own was wounded by the suspect.

Duran was a dangerous suspect and wounded several officers in his apprehension.† But danger is not a valid reason to treat innocent people like criminals and force them look down the barrel of a rifle while driving down a public street.

Duran was a Hispanic suspect with a shaved head.† Clearly the motorist being threatened at the checkpoint in the photo above did not match Duranís description.† California Highway Patrol had no reason to stop him and certainly no reason to point their rifles at him.† It is grossly negligent to point a rifle at anything you arenít willing to destroy.

At any given time there are numerous wanted criminals on the loose all over the country.† We must ensure that our rights arenít discarded just because of fear and danger.
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