This is a video from the East Atlanta Copwatch group, whichs hows a good example of how Copwatch participants should respond when confronted by police during a Copwatch. It is also fairly amusing.  Particularly of note is the way the Copwatch members firmly refuse to engage in any sort of conversation/handshake/interaction with the Cop. They also refuse to give him their IDs or engage in a discussion about their ids until he tells them if they are being detained.

Copwatchers observed officers conducting a roadblock near Memorial and Howell St. Despite serious questions as to their constitutionality, the Atlanta Police Department has strongly promoted roadblocks as a law enforcement strategy. APD leadership claims roadblocks are not intended to catch criminal activity or profile people as suspects, just to make officers visible in the neighborhood and show a friendly face to the public.

In this video, Officer McKnight’s behavior gives conflicting signals about APD’s actual objectives in establishing roadblocks.

http://www.CopwatchOEA.org

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