*Tennessee Police Targeting Ron Paul Supporters*Submitted by FromJericho on Tue, 02/07/2012 - 04:25
On the evening of December 12th, 2011, I stopped by my place of employment, Pizza Hut on Alcoa Highway in Alcoa, TN across from McGhee-Tyson Airport, in order to check my schedule for the week. After leaving Pizza Hut, I turned right onto Alcoa Highway and proceeded to head North. I turned right onto Wright Rd. (between Shoney's and the Exxon station). At this time I noticed an Alcoa Police cruiser was directly behind me. As I approached the back entrance to the Marathon gas station on my right, the police cruiser's lights came on and I proceeded to make a right turn into the Marathon driveway. As I sat in my car, I was approached by Alcoa Police Department's Officer Brooks at 10:00pm, (Officer ID#6542). Officer Brooks informed me that he had pulled me over for having a headlight out. He claimed to have noticed the headlight as I was pulling onto Alcoa Highway. I told officer Brooks that my car had recently been experiencing some electrical problems and I asked him if he would mind checking the headlight again. Officer Brooks checked the headlight and admitted to me that it was NOW working. At this time Officer Brooks quickly asked me if he could search my vehicle. I refused to allow him to search my vehicle because I did not feel the officer had probable cause and that in doing so, he would be violating my 4th amendment rights. I remarked to the officer that having a potential malfunctioning headlight is not probable cause to search a vehicle. Officer Brooks then says "So, what you're telling me is that you are refusing to let me search your vehicle because of your 4th amendment rights?" and I replied "Yes sir, I refuse to have my 4th amendment rights violated". At this point and time Officer Brooks instructed me to stay in the vehicle. I proceeded to sit in my car as Officer Brooks had instructed me to do so and then Officer D.J. Porter of the Maryville Police Department arrived on the scene. Officer D.J. Porter is a K9 officer and approached my vehicle to ask me if he could search it. I told Officer Porter the exact same thing I had told Officer Brooks. Officer Porter persisted with his questioning and eventually asked me if I would mind stepping out of the vehicle. I told officer Porter that I would prefer not to step out of the vehicle, but to avoid any scenes or potential violence, I would reluctantly step out. I made it clear to Officer Porter that in no way am I willfully subjecting myself to a search. As soon as I stepped out of the vehicle, Officer Porter and the other officers present immediately swarmed in on me. They placed my hands on top of my head and forced me to spread my legs. Officer Porter proceeded to conduct his TSA style pat-down on my body as I remain surrounded by police officers. During his pat-down, Officer D.J. Porter groped by genital region, ran his fingers down the crack of my buttocks, and inserted his fingertips down the front of my pants where he brushed the shaft of my penis. As I felt Officer Porter's hand on my penis, I made the following comment: "Wow, I had a headlight out and now I'm getting groped". Officer Brooks along with the other present officers directed me to "Hush up" and "Settle down" after I made the comment about being groped. After Officer Porter was finished with his pat-down search, I was escorted to Officer Brook's police cruiser parked directly behind my car. I was detained at the front of the police cruiser and was being closely guarded by two officers on either side. (Please note: at this time, Officer Brooks still had possession of my driver's license, thus he WAS detaining me.... Also please note: At no time did any of the officers admit to seeing, smelling, or detecting any signs of drugs, alcohol, or driver impairment). As I was being detained at Officer Brooks' cruiser, Officer Porter informed me that he was now going to escort his German Shepherd around the perimeter of my car and that IF his dog got a "hit", this would give him and the dog probable cause to search the interior of my vehicle. (please note: Police dogs have a 20% success rate... please think about that... if you made 20% on a test, you'd fail... so how come we allow a citizen's innocence to be decided by a dog with a 20% success rate?... just ponder that for a while). I once again informed Officer Porter that he did not have my permission to search any part of my vehicle. Officer Porter proceeded to walk his dog around the perimeter of my car. There were no barks, no squeaks, no scratches, nothing. Nothing occurred that would have audibly signaled the dog had made a "hit". Officer Porter returned to the cruiser where I was being detained and informed me that his dog had made 2 hits on my car, one on the passenger side door and one on the front driver's side headlight, (the same headlight that has supposedly been "out"). Officer Porter informed me that because of the two "hits", he now had permission to allow his dog entry to my vehicle. Officer Porter proceeded to open the doors to my car and allowed his German Shepherd to search it. The dog and Officer Porter rooted through my car for a few minutes and nothing was found. Officer Porter then proceeded to pop the hood of my car and continued to search under it with the dog. After a quick dog search of the headlight area, Officer Porter put his k9 partner back in the car and then was joined by another unnamed officer. Officer Porter and his mystery accomplice began to root around under my hood as I remained detained at the cruiser parked behind my vehicle. It is important to note that during the time when the officers are searching under my hood, I am kept out of view of my engine. I was not allowed to see what the two officers were doing under my hood. After several minutes of searching under the hood, the officers returned to Officer Brooks' cruiser and proceeded to question me. I was asked "Where's the drugs?", "Do I smoke Marijuana?" "Have I ever smoked Marijuana?" "Go ahead and tell us where it is", and then Officer Porter says "It'd be a real shame if we have to tear your engine apart, but we will". I responded with "There are no drugs in the car and if you tear the engine apart, I hope you can afford to fix it". The officers then huddled together for a few minutes and then approached me once again. This time they proceed to give me back my driver's license and release me from detainment, but not before telling me that I was "lucky" and that I was "getting away with it this time". The officers were implying that I had committed a crime and due to lack of evidence, they had to let me go, but they still KNEW I was guilty. It was kinda like, "hey kid, watch your back, we're on to you, we'll get you". The officers literally tried to intimidate me after not being able to find drugs in my car. When I finally got back in my car, I was shocked to find that my car wouldn't start. I had to flag down the last officer pulling out so I could get him to hold a flashlight while I hooked my battery terminals back up. That's right, Officer Porter and his assistant had unhooked my battery terminals while I was being detained earlier. Once I got the car started, I noticed that Officer Porter had ripped out the doorlock console from the passenger's side door, it was now hanging by wires. I also notice a VERY strong smell of dog urine, that's right, Officer Porter's K9 had urinated all over my backseat and personal belongings. The next morning I called the Alcoa Police Department and spoke with the police chief to try and determine why Officer Brooks had originally wanted to search my car. The police chief called me back several hours later to inform me that Officer Brooks had claimed to have smelled Marijuana. Rest assured, and this is the 100% truth, there is absolutely no possible way that the smell of Marijuana was coming from my car. If, and it's a HUGE "if", Officer Porter did in fact smell Marijuana, it could have been coming from the trailer park that was less than 10ft away, or perhaps the gas station that was less that 16ft away. Regardless, the odor, (which was not detectable by me), did not come from my vehicle and more than likely never existed. The TRUE reason I was searched more than likely is because I was a victim of "police profiling". You must understand that I am a very passionate political activist and that I campaign heavily for Texas Congressman, Ron Paul. My car has a total of SIX "Ron Paul for President" stickers on it and rather large "Ron Paul" sign in the back window. Ron Paul's views conflict with that of law enforcement and I feel that I was targeted for this very reason. It may seem far fetched, but if you do a quick search for similar cases, you will find that I am not the only Ron Paul supporter who has been harassed and detained by the police. In fact, the FBI just released a report today informing U.S. citizens that people like myself who oppose the federal government, taxation, drug laws, and promote a gold standard monetary system are a THREAT to America's safety! That's right, the FBI is now labeling my friends and myself as "domestic terrorists". For those of you who know me, I think you know that I'm not a violent person and that I would never do harm to others. I spend my time promoting peace and love, not terrorism. Please do not allow law enforcement to wrongfully depict myself and others as terrorists. We love America, we want to save it... through peaceful, non-violent resistance. Please share this story with your friends, neighbors and loved ones. The legal battle ahead is a long one and even my attorneys admit that it's highly unlikely that we can have Officer D.J. Porter, Officer Brooks or any of the other officers involved removed from the force. I am currently seeking a more optimistic legal council at this time. I'm not so willing to let these corrupt police officers get away with this. I just want to make sure they can't do it to someone else. Thanks for reading the story. May liberty prevail!
Please feel free to contact the Maryville Police Department in Maryville, TN and the Alcoa Police Department in Alcoa, TN to let them know that you are aware of their officers violating citizens' 4th amendment rights and civil liberties and that you will not tolerate it.
Also, if anyone has access to decent legal help that will STAND for liberty despite not making a huge profit, please let me know. I could really use some better attorneys for this case. Thanks! Peace be with you.
* I removed the facebook address because I'm tired of being harassed over it. In fact, I'm tired of the whole thing. I'm an American, I should be able to live my life in peace without having to expose tyranny, but this is just the hand life has dealt me. I'd honestly love to find a truly FREE society and move there, too bad there's none left.