DEATHS

Terry G. Rolland, 62

Born April 9, 1957

Died October 18, 2019

Emma Lee Bankhead, 86

Born April 14, 1933

Died October 17, 2019

Dorothy C. White, 90

Born December 8, 1928

Died October 16, 2019

Kenneth Kyle Pierce "KK", 54

Born May 1, 1965

Died October 16, 2019

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THINGS TO DO

Friday, October 18

Tai Chi for Better Balance
5th Annual Video Game Tournament
Halloween Dinner
Muskogee: Learn How to Start & Run a House Buying Business (No $ or Credit)
DNOW 2019
Coffee with CASA
Ahna Jennings
Papilion Pumpkin Celebration
Honor Heights Park Fall Night Hike

Saturday, October 19

Muskogee: Learn How to Start & Run a House Buying Business (No $ or Credit)
DNOW 2019
The Shakos/ Blackout/ Couch Naps/ and Esc Ctrl @The Rainbow
2019 Frightseeing Ft. Gibson BUS tour SOLD OUT
Household Pollutants Collection
Haunted History Tours
Family Fall Festival
Shayla Coplen
Food Pantry and Free Clothing!
AFGE Presents Coco

Sunday, October 20

New Christian Life Study
New Young Couples' Class Bible Study
Paint & Sip
Deacons and Widow Dinner

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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