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Video Shows Cops Corralling local Bar Patrons Late Night in Michigan, IN

The video posted to Facebook shows Indiana cops detaining all bar patrons at a local Michigan bar, Local Option. It was posted first by Manna Carter but has since been deleted from her Facebook page.

In the video, now available on Youtube and in the comments section of Carter’s original post, cops can be seen detaining an entire bar and forcing everyone there to submit their identification for background checks.

“I’ve never seen this in my entire life. I feel like a fucking criminal and I’ve done nothing wrong.” Carter narrates over her recording of the night.

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Footage of this incident shows Michigan City police officers corralling everyone inside the bar at 1:30 a.m. running police database checks for criminal history.

Carter, whose father owns the bar, questions if officers have probable cause to be detaining everyone inside in the first place.

“Clearing out the bar at 1:30 in the morning to check everyone’s IDs — without probable cause. That’s what I want to know. That’s my question. What is your probable cause for clearing out my father’s establishment at 1:30 in the morning.”

Manna Carter, whose father owns the bar, first uploaded the video on her Facebook

The officers don’t accuse anyone of a specific crime and the whole exercise led to no arrest. They claimed the raid was a part of excise enforcement for the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.

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But, since, Indiana has a dedicated Indiana State Excise Police, whose officers weren’t present at the scene and those there were wearing Michigan City police uniforms. Their claim just doesn’t add up, even further validating Ms. Carter’s protest.

“There’s no reason we should be subjected to this,” Carter says as the officer informs her that Bar’s license is suspended.

“Yes, my license is suspended,” she quips back at him. “I knew that. Thanks — protect and serve.”

Ms. Carter posted to Facebook the reason for deleting the video as quoted below:

Many people have said it’s no big deal, Excise checks IDs all the time. Allow me to be perfectly clear in saying THAT IS NOT AT ALL WHAT HAPPENED HERE. Read that again if you’re one of those in the back. Excise can do their thing. Check the licenses. Check the liquor. Check IDs for age and validity. Please, do your job. Bring the police with you if you feel so inclined. However, there is absolutely no need for 11 cops inside the bar. Or an entire block’s worth of cruisers outside containing *surprise* still more cops. And, now pay close attention here guys, IT IS NEVER OKAY TO LINE UP EVERYONE IN THE ESTABLISHMENT AND DEMAND IDENTIFICATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF WARRANT CHECKING. Period.

Here is where I would insert the 4th Amendment, but I’m certain I would lose quite a few of you and I know you all have Google. Search it, learn it, and then learn the rest of them. For your own good. This raid, or sweep, or whatever other name you want to assign it entirely violated that right for everyone there. Along those same lines, Indiana law states that an officer must have probable cause to demand identification. Probable. Cause. Not suspicion of a crime. Not what these cops had, which was a whole lot of nothing whatsoever. Probable cause. Yeah, I could have refused to provide my ID. I honestly wish I would have. I would have been absolutely within my rights to do so.

Ms. Carter explaining why she deleted the videos and the events of the night

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2 Comments

  1. First off, shame on that police department for harassing the people they swore to PROTECT AND SERVE! Secondly, Why would you allow your freedoms and your rights as an American citizen to be so easily taken away from you! Shame on you as well! This is happening all over the country and it seems to have no end! Mainly because of tight lipped and weak citizens who cannot question “authority”. I’m disgusted!

  2. Here’s the thing: if you don’t know ypur rights,you don’t have them. That simple. First of all, not a single person there had to provide anything. Not a single thing. This wasn’t a Terry stop, nor was it a warranted search. It was an illegal fishing expedition. All any patron had to do was say or do nothing. Absolutely nothing. I mean nothing. Sit there and shut up. Do or say nothing. That would’ve ended this very quickly.

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