Sunday, July 12, 2009

A federal appeals court today unanimously ruled in favor of a group of D.C. residents who are challenging vehicle checkpoints used by the Metropolitan Police Department.
The temporary vehicle checkpoints were initiated last year and set up in response to violence in the Trinidad neighborhood in Northeast Washington.
Police barred 48 motorists—including the four plaintiffs—from entry into the neighborhood in June 2008 when the motorists failed to provide sufficient information about where the motorist was going. A district court judge in D.C. rejected a motion for a preliminary injunction against the city.

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