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Group complains about Albemarle police checkpoint

Tuesday - 7/23/2013, 8:43pm  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A civil liberties group is complaining about an Albemarle County Police checkpoint at the entrance to a suburban neighborhood.

The Rutherford Institute says that on July 11 more than 260 people were stopped and forced to show identification before entering or leaving the subdivision, which it said is neither crime-ridden nor heavily traveled. The group says an officer threatened to smash the car window of one man who objected to being detained. The man cited the Fourth Amendment's guarantee against unreasonable search and seizure.

The Charlottesville-based group is urging the Board of Supervisors to investigate what it calls a heavy-handed and costly showing of police force.

County spokeswoman Lee Catlin says officials are reviewing the complaint.

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