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Video Of DUI Checkpoint In Rutherford County Goes Viral

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A video recorded at a Fourth of July DUI checkpoint in Rutherford County has gone viral.

Chris Kalbaugh, a member of the Rutherford County Libertarian Party, recorded the video and then uploaded to YouTube. It has since been viewed more than 2.8 million times.

The video showed the 21-year-old and a Rutherford County Sheriff's Deputy going back and forth about what he's legally required to do at the stop, including whether or not he has to roll down his window or present his ID.

Eventually, a drug dog was brought in and "hit" on the vehicle, which gave them authority to search the car.

Kalbaugh said the video shows the K-9 didn't indicate he smelled drugs, but instead jumped where its handler tapped on the car. While searching the empty car, one of the deputies commented on Kalbaugh's behavior.

"He's perfectly innocent and he knows his rights. He knows what the constitution says," the deputy said.

Moments later, they spotted the camera recording.

In a statement released by Kalbaugh said he didn't make the video to be disrespectful, but he just wanted to exercise his constitutional freedom.

"This video was not made to be disrespectful to law enforcement at all; there are plenty of great cops in Tennessee that do not believe in going outside of the law to take away Constitutional freedom. Having rights is not disrespectful," he said in a statement.

The Rutherford County Libertarian Party also issued a statement, saying that they had become "concerned about DUI checkpoints occurring in Rutherford County. Members were advised to record their interactions, should they find themselves going through a checkpoint during their routine travels. It was made clear that this would be done so in a way that was non­confrontational and unobtrusive, but still in clear view of law enforcement."

"It's sad that on a day that is celebrated for freedom and liberty, such a grotesque violation of both has occurred," said Matthew Novak, Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Tennessee.

"The Rutherford County Sheriff's deputy trashing a law­abiding citizen's constitutional rights on July 4th makes it clear that the very meaning of Independence Day has become lost on the law enforcement community in Rutherford County," said Jim Tomasik, Chairman of The Libertarian Party of Tennessee.
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