New Brockton Checkpoints Controversy

Last month, New Brockton police held a DUI and driver's license checkpoint going into the Labor Day weekend, but many residents say they are upset with how it was conducted.

Ricky Strickland says folks were stopped along U.S. Highway 84 in downtown New Brockton

But while checking driver's licenses, vehicle identification, and proof of insurance Strickland says two reserve officers were making stops without a certified officer present.

Under Alabama law, such an officer is required to be at the roadblock.

"We're going to let reserve officers check the citizens without a reserve officer present, we will open the citizen to the possibility of lawsuits. We need to get have this checked out," says Strickland

New Brockton Police Chief Dale Grimes said it was a brief, several minute periods where he had to transport a prisoner to the jail and left the two reserve officers by themselves at the roadblock.

Strickland appeared satisfied with the explanation from Chief Grimes concerning the safety checkpoint.

The Southeast Medical Center provides much of the grant funding to cover police over time costs associated with conducting safety road blocks.

They've been credited with getting bad drivers off the road.


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