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RidleyReport

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Sponsor: http://MailToJail.com - Darren T. from the Manchester area reportedly is locked up at a jail in Penacook.  This after apparently facing down one of those controversial police checkpoints, in or near Allenstown Friday night.  I'm reluctant to print his full name for fear of endangering him further in this context.  He did not release it himself.

Generally these checkpoints make random suspicionless stops of drivers, but that's not yet confirmed in this case.  

The information came in via phone calls to http://Porcupine411.com
You can hear the calls there, including Darren's dramatically calm denunciation of these 4th-amendment violating abominations.  He makes clear he is acting in protest, but not much else.  Stand by for more details, or post what you know.  

With regard to the http://MailToJail.com link above - This is a site where you can write New Hampshire political prisoners from your computer.  For free!  But please donate if able - they take Bitcoins now!
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Re: Free Stater arrested for defying checkpoint, says activist
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2012, 12:35:29 pm »

About official checkpoints in New Hampshire,

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At both ends of the checkpoint area, there are "chase" cars. These police are directed to follow any vehicles that turn around to avoid the checkpoint but are not allowed to pull the cars over unless the officer witnesses a traffic violation.

According to Mullholland, New Hampshire has the strictest regulations for conducting sobriety checkpoints and the procedures have been developed by police officers. Before conducting the checkpoint, permission must be granted from the superior court and it must be advertised so the public is aware one will be happening though not the exact date, time and location.

"In the state of Vermont, two officers can get together and say 'let's run a checkpoint right now' any time any place. Massachusetts is the same way. So is Florida and a number of other states," said Mullholland. "We don't allow that. You have to justify the reason you are doing the checkpoint, why the other methods are ineffective, and you have to have a standard by which you do that."
http://www.newhampshirelakesandmountains.com/Articles-c-2011-08-10-154459.113119-Police-address-concerns-about-sobriety-checkpoints.html

Unfortunately, besides the official checkpoints which are given with court approval and frequently covered ahead of time in the media, the cops are also able to do unofficial checkpoints.  I've only seen these in Manchester but presumably, unofficial checkpoints have happened in other parts of NH.  These checkpoints seem near impossible to get out of because you don't know they even exist until a cop tells you to pull over.
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Re: Free Stater arrested for defying checkpoint, says activist
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2012, 03:20:55 am »

I understand he was arraigned on Monday morning, about 2 days after the arrest...and released on $1k PR bail.  That means no up front bail payments. 
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