Jennifer Upshaw of the Marin IJ wrote a one-sided article about a dozen "social justice" activists (translation: 12 aging hippies who don't work and live off trust funds while preaching socialism and anti-Americanism) who went before the San Rafael City Council protesting a DUI checkpoint in the Canal area as "racial profiling" (h/t reportanddeport).
The June 13 checkpoint at East Francisco Boulevard and Grand Avenue was one of two operations that evening that netted a total 47 drivers. Of those arrested, 39 were picked up for driving without a license. Police impounded 44 vehicles. Four drivers were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.
The checkpoint was held from 6 to 11 p.m. on Grand Avenue. There officers arrested 34 unlicensed drivers and two for suspected drunken driving.
Later that night, the checkpoint was moved to Irwin Street between Fourth Street and Fifth Avenue until 1:30 a.m. June 14. Five people were arrested for driving without a license and two were arrested for suspicion of drunken driving, police said.
Showing his total incompetence as Mayor of San Rafael, Al "We don't enforce immigration laws" Boro, asked the city attorney and police chief to prepare a report for the next council meeting to decide of a public forum is necessary.
Ain't that just like Marin County politicians, who ask "how high?" when told by a handful of far-Left activists to jump, even if the public safety might be at risk? But don't tell that to the "activists," who bring up the same tired arguments of "they're here to work" while branding anyone who disagrees with them as "racist."
"Jimmy Injustice" Geraghty, a member of the Marin Appeasement & Injustice Coalition (who once called the terrorists in Iraq "freedom fighters," in an exchange with this blogger) said, "I'd like the city to stop putting checkpoints at the gateways to the Canal." Norman Carlin of the Marin Social (In)justice Center complained about illegal aliens being "denied chance of acquiring licenses in the first place. They are people seeking work and working hard to feed their families."
Alan Barnett, another Appeasement and Injustice Member, used the knee-jerk reaction of racism, saying, "We have a tradition. I think it's very important that we continue that tradition - that we continue to work together and we do dialogue with one another on how to solve the problems of racism and immigration in our community."
First of all, Mister Bleeding Heart Hot Tub Lib, this isn't a question about race. It's a question of whose breaking the law. Driving under the influence is against the law, just as driving without a license. If you want to get loaded, get a designated driver or go drink at home. If you don't have a license, don't drive! Take a bus, ride a bike or walk. How many of these 47 people might have killed or injured someone if Barnett or Geraghty had their way?
And they call that "social justice?" It's Leftist stupidity at its worst and it's the kind that could get you or I killed! But what does the Left care? They're only concerned about feeling better about themselves than the deadly end result of their insanity.
I was pulled over at a DUI checkpoint in Novato late one Saturday night in 2006. I had my drivers license checked and was asked if I'd been drinking. I showed the officer my license, told them I hadn't consumed an adult beverage in over 14 years and thanked them for checking. Where's the racial profiling? I'm white.
Every day, all over the nation, there are numerous stories of people who are injured or killed by illegal aliens who were driving drunk and without a license. That's not to say it is just illegal aliens who are doing this. The problem is, too many cities and counties are turning a blind eye to immigration law that the citizenship status is not questioned for fear of offending people like the bleeding hearts in Marin racked with white guilt. So, three crimes are committed in the process-breaking of immigration law, driving without a license and driving drunk.
San Rafael Police, and others across the nation, deserve nothing but applause from their communities for doing their best to take drunk drivers and drivers without licenses of all colors off the streets.
The City of San Rafael also needs to hear the stories of those who've been affected by the destruction caused by a drunk driver, not the phony cries of "racial profiling" by a dozen socialists who have a history of siding with criminals while attempting to handcuff law enforcement.