ARMADA, MI — Long lines of traffic formed as travelers attempted to enter or leave the Village of Armada; government agents roadblocked all routes around town and put every driver under scrutiny as part of a massive murder investigation.
The blanket search was conducted on the evening of Thursday, July 31, 2014. Swarms of FBI agents, Michigan State Police, and local police officers joined forces to create three massive checkpoints around the small community (population 1,730), causing traffic to be “backed up for miles.”
The police action came one week after a local teen girl was found murdered in a drainage ditch on July 24th. Short on clues in the search for April Millsap’s killer, investigators decided to stop, question, and document every traveler in town — “car by car.”
“They’re stopping every car both ways, and they’re taking license plate numbers, names and addresses,” one resident named Brian told CBS Detroit, after being stopped by the FBI on Fulton Road. “They’re writing all this stuff down, they have a clipboard, and they’re writing everybody’s information down. It’s not like they’re just checking and you go ahead, they’re writing everything down.”
WXYZ reported that police scrawled an “X” on the hands of every person they had talked to.
Helicopter footage confirmed that lines of traffic were indeed backed up around the town during the dramatic effort. While some found the police checkpoints “comforting,” others reportedly protested against the dragnet, according to WXYZ Detroit.
The police have no suspects in custody, but did take the time earlier this week to raid and arrest two unrelated individuals for growing illegal plants.
Tracking down murder suspects is certainly a legitimate role of the (local) police, and every virtuous person would agree that April Millsap’s killer should be found. The challenge that we continually face as a society is not only in keeping the police focused on legitimate crimes — as opposed to victimless crimes — but also in performing this task while respecting individual rights. High-emotion, panic-driven events undoubtedly present the easiest opportunities for the government to roll over innocent citizens’ rights and privacy.
Rather than interrogating everyone at involuntary checkpoints, police and citizens should voluntarily spread the call to find Ms. Millsap’s killer. A vigilant, engaged community will most likely be able to produce the tips necessary to find the guilty party. Submit information to investigators and support them when they do a good job. Do not, however, permit them to use a desperate situation to enact unreasonable measures.
The Michigan State Police tip line is (877) 616-4677. Tips may also be submitted online atwww.michigan.gov/michtip.
6 thoughts on “FBI, police surround Michigan town with checkpoints, stop & question every vehicle”
“The police action came one week after a local teen girl was found murdered in a drainage ditch on July 24th. Short on clues in the search for April Millsap’s killer, investigators decided to stop, question, and document every traveler in town — “car by car.”
When are these idiots going to figure out we’re LIVING IN A POLICE STATE???
Gee…this reminds me of that same scenario they did in DC a few months ago to search for some bank robbers. Completely unconstitutional and every one of those people in the cars should have run them bastards over or pulled out their guns from their glove compartments and pulled the trigger at them, pigs and federal pigs.
What the hell is wrong with these people!! WAKE THE HELL UP AND FIGHT BACK!!!!
Were I live now the local police have the ability to set up road blocks in 15 min of a crime on average of 20 miles out of town and stop all cars of the right collor and discription if a major crime happens like bank robbery or jewlery store, mall bombing or mortor attack. You should of heard them laugh at the comment a week latter as well. That put a smile on there face and I am sure they wil have some new American police jokes going around soon here.
And they sneer at representations of the Communist and Nazi checkpoints in years past. And the difference now is…?
Is this article saying that the ‘popo’ has to resort to stone-age tactics to dig up information, with all the spying and whatnot???
WHAT the F. do they expect to find a friggin’ WEEK LATER?
I suppose this is what you end up with when they recuit new piggies that have a relatively low I/Q.
A: The girl is either a relative of a fed or Moneyed individual. B: The check point serves no real purpose other than to practice Police State Operations. We will be dropping a massive amount of info to include DVD’s, CD’s etc… Already in motion today. One of the former WMMC State Commanders lives in that area.