Last year, Murfreesboro unmarked police stopped me illegally on Highland Ave. within a mile of my house and questioned me as to why I was driving in my own neighborhood. I called the station and went in person to complain, but was basically blown off by government employees who didn’t seem interested in taking a formal complaint. The blog I wrote about the encounter can be found here: http://www.copblock.org/17140/veterans-should-know-better/
On the 4th of July of 2013 (yesterday, as of this writing), a similar incident happened to another law-abiding motorist named Chris Kalbaugh at a Rutherford County Sheriff’s DUI checkpoint in the same jurisdiction. Deputy AJ Ross is clearly upset that Mr. Kalbaugh is exercising his Constitutional Rights and makes the snide remark, “But he’s perfectly innocent and he knows his rights. He knows what the Constitution says.” Deputy Ross first seems to get upset when Mr. Kalbaugh expresses that he can hear the deputy just fine with the window partially rolled down and is apparently uncomfortable answering questions without probable suspicion. In the video, Chris is seen being compliant and cordial with police, but that doesn’t stop the officers from ordering him out of the vehicle and instigating a “false hit” by a K-9 so as to have an excuse to illegally search the vehicle. Apparently, no contraband is found. Kalbaugh alleges that the K-9 was physically on the hood of his car and left scratches on the car. Video of the encounter has gone viral on the internet. Here’s the video taken by the motorist:
Further coverage of the incident can be found at the follwing links:
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Details of the July 4th, 2013 incident involving Deputy Ross and motorist Chris Kalbaugh are still sketchy and no official statement has been released or press conference scheduled as to this citizen journalist’s knowledge. But, reports thusfar have stated that the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department is disappointed that Mr. Kalbaugh chose to upload video of the incident on YouTube as opposed to lodging a formal written complaint with the department and there’s no reports of the Sheriff’s office offering to make restitution for the scratches left by the K-9 on the vehicle. After such an abuse of police power occurred against Chris, maybe one can’t blame him for not wanting to appeal to the very people who were harassing and intimidating him to investigate themselves.
I took this video today at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department, but my recording equipment died before I could get a formal interview. I was told someone named “Lisa” was “handling it” anyway, and there would be no further information at the window:
Some of us took an oath to the Constitution and took seriously our responsibility to defend the inalienable Rights spelled out in the Bill of Rights for each individual American. For those of us who have seen American blood shed in combat to preserve a place where people should never be treated as slaves, the actions of law enforcement officers like AJ Ross cuts to the bone and wrenches our heart. It’s a damn shame to put your life on the line for freedom, only to see that freedom so flippantly disregarded by those with badges and uniforms who swore to serve us and protect those rights per their Constitutional oath. The question now is; will there be any accountability? Or, will we see the same old story play out in which peaceful law-abiding citizens get run over by corrupt government goons who never face the same consequences they would force on others.
The following link is for contact information at the Rutherford County Sheriffs Dept. http://www.rutherfordcountytn.gov/so/phone_numbers.htm
A.G. House is an Afghanistan war veteran and former licensed minister (UPCI), who has become an outspoken skeptic, peace activist, and involved himself in many other issues which he believes affect the individual freedoms of the people whose Constitutional Rights he took an oath to defend. He currently resides in the heart of Tennessee with his companion dog ‘Liberty,’ where he is recovering from PTSD and enjoys the therapeutic activities of gardening, creative writing, playing drum set, and other forms of artistic expression \m/