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posted: 5/31/2014 5:01 AM

What's the point of random cop stops?

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Early morning of May 25, my wife and I were driving home from Elmhurst to Winfield when we were routed off Roosevelt Road by cone barriers and police and led into a brightly lit parking lot in Glen Ellyn.

All traffic from the east was being pulled over and investigated. I was asked to show ID, insurance and demonstrate that my front blinkers worked properly.

This has never happened to me, but after mentioning this to some friends, several said they too had been stopped lately in a similar police sting, some more than once. If the police are searching for a kidnapping victim or an escaped convict I have no objection, but this seemed to be a random check.

I am used to being stopped for a reasonable cause like a driving infraction, but what is this about? The only time I have ever experienced this type of police operation was in Russia where this is a normal procedure intended to frighten or harass the populace.

Terry Schwartz


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