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

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 9:24 AM

Muskogee Police will be conducting roadside safety checks starting today and ending March 15, according to Officer Lincoln Anderson. Despite the questionable constitutionality of the stops, the purpose stated is for general vehicle safety and driver adherence to the law.

The checkpoints will be at various locations throughout town, various times during the day and into the nighttime hours, he said.

During the stops, police will be checking drivers licenses, seatbelts, insurance and vehicle safety, “things such as that,” Anderson said. They will also be checking for impaired drivers. UPDATE: Anderson said officers “aren’t technically looking for drunk drivers.” The earlier statement was a mistake.

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. General purpose stops are less clear.

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.”

The Supreme Court has held that there must be a specific law enforcement purpose apart from general law enforcement concerns, to conduct checkpoints. An example from Alabama where police held checkpoints to try to curb criminal activity at a nearby apartment complex was ruled unconstitutional.

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”

UPDATE 11:14 a.m.: Anderson issued the following release just now:

There has been some confusion and inaccurate information regarding the upcoming roadside safety checks. The following information is to help clear up the confusion and to help our community better understand the purpose of the upcoming checks.

The City of Muskogee ranks #1 per capita in motor vehicle accidents and #2 per capita in accidents involving injuries in the State of Oklahoma. We also see a large number of driver’s without a valid driver’s licenses and no insurance. Based on these facts, we believe these checks have the ability to deter, and or locate some of these violations in an effort to reduce some of these crimes, and to enhance the safety of our motorists and our officers.

These checks will be done to ensure motorists have a valid driver’s license, valid insurance, valid tags, identify any defective or unsafe equipment on the vehicle, and identify seatbelt violations. If a citizen is stopped at one of the checkpoints and they satisfy the requirements listed above, their time at the checkpoint will be minimal.

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