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Police Chief Steve Sellers Defends Albemarle’s Safety Checkpoints

Police Chief Steve Sellers Defends Albemarle’s Safety Checkpoints

The Albemarle Chief of Police is defending safety checkpoints. The checkpoints caused the Rutherford Institute to write that they were unconstitutional. During a July 11th roadblock, an Albemarle resident named Joe Draego objected to being detained. Draego cited his Fourth Amendment right to be free of search and seizure without probable cause. Chief Sellers came on WINA’s The Schilling Show and said he believes Draego was violating the law. Draego called into the Schilling Show to dispute Sellers. Meanwhile, the Rutherford Institute is challenging Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford’s directive to the Board of Supervisors to leave “the issue of such checkpoints…to the Police Department.” The Rutherford Institute says the Board of Supervisors should hold a hearing on the issue and allow members of the community to share their concerns.