Police harassment not needed in Potsdam
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 12:01 pm

On Thursday morning, May 24, around 4:30 a.m., I was awakened by a call from a Home Lifeline operator to tell me my elderly father had fallen and was being transported to Massena Memorial Hospital. I dressed and headed to Massena where I spent the next several hours in the emergency room. After he was released (and doing fine), I returned home to Canton for a brief nap, shower and some lunch. This brings me to my point. Now, at 1 p.m., I am on my way to work in Potsdam. I am on Judson Street where I encounter a NY State Police roadblock. Because of the “casual” nature of the stop, I assume they were not looking for some hardened criminal on the l a.m. I was asked, “Where are you headed today?” I bit my tongue and politely answered, “to work.” I was then allowed to proceed. This is clearly a violation of my constitutional rights as a citizen. Why do these police agencies get to do this?  If they are not actively involved in trying to find some criminal, then look at my up-to-date registration and inspection stickers, see that I am wearing my seatbelt and keep your questions to yourself.

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