Press Release For Immediate Release: Statement Concerning DUI Checkpoint Video
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For Immediate Release
Axl DavidContact person:
The Libertarian Party of Tennessee
Statement Concerning DUI Checkpoint Video
July 5, 2013
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TENN. On July 4th, members of the Rutherford County (TN) Libertarian
Party became concerned about DUI checkpoints occurring in Rutherford County. Members were
advised to record their interactions, should they find themselves going through a checkpoint during
their routine travels. It was made clear that this would be done so in a way that was
nonconfrontational and unobtrusive, but still in clear view of law enforcement.
Rutherford County Libertarian Party member Chris Kalbaugh, who is the driver in the video, uploaded
this video to Youtube and expressed his concern that his constitutional rights were violated. Literally
overnight, the video became viral, largely due to the internet aggregate site reddit.com
“I broke no laws and I made sure to be respectful the entire time while still exercising my
Constitutional freedom. The officers would not let me leave but they would not answer if I was being
detained,” said Kalbaugh, 21, of Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Kalbaugh continues, “I wanted to show that I was not impaired and to get the confrontation over
with. When I got out, he demanded my ID even though I didn’t break any laws or traffic violations.
They also said they were going to search my vehicle because the drug dog ‘hit’ on the vehicle. I don’t
do any drugs and I have never had any illegal substances in my car. When the officers said that the
drug dog hit on my car, I became furious because I knew that was impossible. All of this happened
because I did not want to lower my window all the way which was completely legal. Later on when
the officer tried to open my door and pull me out of my vehicle, I was glad that my window was only
partially open. This video was not made to be disrespectful to law enforcement at all; there are plenty
of great cops in Tennessee that do not believe in going outside of the law to take away Constitutional
freedom. Having rights is not disrespectful.”
The video, having gone viral, has raised the ire of the entire public. As evidenced on the Facebook
page for the Rutherford County Sheriff and the Tennessee Highway Patrol, there is a large public
backlash taking shape. The reddit comment section, which has just over 8,000 comments as of this
writing, is full of users vowing to contact county officials and Sheriff Robert Arnold.
“It’s sad that on a day that is celebrated for freedom and liberty, such a grotesque violation of both
has occurred,” said Matthew Novak, Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Tennessee.
“The Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputy trashing a lawabiding citizen’s constitutional rights on July
4th makes it clear that the very meaning of Independence Day has become lost on the law
enforcement community in Rutherford County,” said Jim Tomasik, Chairman of The Libertarian Party