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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.

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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

Winfield

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