DEATHS

James Willie Westbrook, 55

Born September 3, 1964

Died December 3, 2019

Annie Alexander, 64

Born December 26, 1954

Died December 3, 2019

J.C. Smith, 85

Born April 12, 1934

Died December 3, 2019

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THINGS TO DO

Friday, December 6

Tai Chi for Better Balance
Garden of Lights 2019 Season
2019 Polar Express Pajama Party
Deck The Hall with Buddy Holly - Angel Tree benefit
Create & Sip
Open Enrollment Event - Muskogee
Spaghetti Dinner And Silent Auction
CPR, AED, & First Aid for Business
Homeschool Recess

Saturday, December 7

Garden of Lights 2019 Season
2019 Polar Express Pajama Party
Craft & Ingram Family Toy Drive
Muskogee, OK Fresh Farms Delivery
Ride to The Garden of Lights - Muskogee
It’s Christmas
Petco Adoption Day!Home For Christmas
2019 Christmas Home Tour
Grand Re-Opening at Teased Salon
Muskogee SANTA Sessions!
Mistletoe & Memories Holiday Market.

Sunday, December 8

It’s Christmas
Muskogee SANTA Sessions!
Redeemed2Freedom Ladies' Sunday School Class
Little Drummer Dude
Adult and children’s choir Christmas service
New Hope Women’s Christmas Party
Church Family Holiday Meal

Friday, September 13, 2019, 9:07 AM

Despite questions of whether it is constitutional to stop drivers who are not suspected of a crime and a controversy about it last year, Muskogee police are again declaring that they will start conducting roadside checkpoints in Muskogee intersections to check for the following crimes:

  • Lack of valid driver’s license
  • Unsafe equipment
  • No insurance verification
  • Driving under the influence of an intoxicant

The department states that “the overall goal is to reduce criminal activity and enhance the safety of our motorists.”

While the US Supreme Court has found that DUI checkpoints are violating drivers’ Fourth Amendment rights against illegal search, the court left it up to the states to determine whether to use them anyway. Eleven states have made them illegal, including Texas, but not Oklahoma. In dissenting the US Supreme Court decision, Justice Clarence Thomas said “I rather doubt that the framers of the Fourth Amendment would have considered ‘reasonable’ a program of indiscriminate stops of individuals not suspected of wrongdoing.”

A roadblock whose primary purpose “is ultimately indistinguishable from the general interest in crime control … violate[s] the Fourth Amendment.” City of Indianapolis v. Edmond, 531 U.S. 32, 48, 121 S. Ct. 447, 148 L. Ed. 2d 333 (2000). In addition, the court ruled “[A] general roadblock ….established on the chance of finding someone who has committed a crime…” is “quite clearly” unconstitutional. The decision, which legally called traffic stops “seizures”, also noted that the “general interest in law enforcement simply does not outweigh the liberty interests of those seized, however brief the seizure may be”

Muskogee Police’s press release about the stops this month states “the objective of the roadside safety checks is to deter and/or identify persons operating motor vehicles” that are breaking the laws listed above, which falls under the purview of the Supreme Court’s decision affirming that such stops are illegal.

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