Originally Posted by GLENGLEN
Are These Always Set Up On State Borders,
Or Can They Be Set Up On Any Highway Within A State...
Those are US border patrol checkpoints.
They have a zone around the mexican border ( and presumably canadian too, now.... because the government has totally lost it's marbles) where they pretend that they're allowed to use military force or anything else they please. There's checkpoints with drug/explosive dogs, and they waste a lot of time for a lot of people to achieve exactly NOTHING. The whole thing is just a pretense for more (civil)war on drugs, to try to stop a little pot. I think the zone extends 50, 75, on 100 miles from the border, not sure exactly. But they put checkpoints on major or strategic routes and harass individual cars like in the video, while whole big-rigs full of drugs and other contraband drive right through the big ports of entry, the cargo flow between the US and mexico makes the idea of pretending we have some control over the border just funny....
It's a big pork barrel and vote-getter.
But individual states can set up a checkpoint for just about anything they want, from DUI to seatbelt to whatever, and some states have legislation requiring law enforcement to detain/demand "papers" from people who they have any doubt are american citizens. Of course, this makes police in those states very dangerous, if you say the wrong thing you could probably be walking off a plane in central america tomorrow.....