It should, BUT
by MA Bellamy - Posted Wed March 14, 2012 @ 3:30 PM
who will argue with them.
There was a checkpoint set up in the middle of a busy street here in Cleveland a few years back. No explanation, no notice, just the CPD pulling over EVERY CAR and asking for license and registration.
I asked the clownshoe who approached me why the need for a checkpoint. Instead of answering my question, he begins to defend that they are perfectly within their rights to do so.
I cut him off, flashed my FOP card and said, "I understand that, but it's not what I asked you. Just as you have a right to stop me, I have a right to know why."
He got snotty with me and said, "Well you have a lovely day with your pleasant attitude, Miss."
I'd have flipped him off, but my Dad would have killed me!
My suspicion is they were looking for people with outstanding warrants and were taking the easy way out instead of actually doing their jobs because it wasn't the greatest neighborhood they were in.
Regardless, it's OK to challenge the police if they ask and you think it's wrong, but always be calm, polite and respectful and know when to let it go because believe me when I say, they can make your life MISERABLE if you tick them off.
You do NOT want to be on a police "watch list."