Originally created 02/11/99

Assails Atlanta police roadblock 021199 - The Augusta Chronicle



About six months ago, while traveling through Atlanta, I was detained by what was described as a "routine police roadblock." I suffered no ill-consequences, except to my dignity and former respect for law enforcement. But I was traumatized for weeks to think that such a thing could happen in America. It reminded me of Nazi Germany's tactics of "let me see your papers."

I later dismissed it as an aberration, the sort of thing that one would expect from the screwball government of the city of Atlanta. Now I have learned that Aiken County is considering just such a policy. I wouldn't ordinarily comment on affairs across the river, but do Aiken County residents favor freedom or a police state? I'm not going over there until they decide.

Robert H. Rihl, Augusta



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