THE GUARDIAN RECEIVED THIS COMPLAINT FROM A READER WHO ALSO WAS A SUPPORTER OF THE SPECIAL OLYMPIC GAMES. WE WELCOME ANY INSIGHT–OFFICIAL OR CONJECTURE.
Thursday, February 12, 2009– During Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Boise and his appearance at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games at the Qwest Arena, Boise City Police and the Secret Service jointly detained the entire arena, approximately 2,000 people, for the hour or so that Biden was present.
Police cautiously guarded every exit, while attendees were only permitted to enter and exit through the main entrance. Reasonable and prudent move
Once Biden showed up, no one was aloud to enter OR exit the arena. I headed to the main entrance but was stopped short by a venue worker and told that I would not be permitted to EXIT. When I protested, he explained that it was under the order of the Secret Service. Not reasonable and in my mind an illegal detention.
A Secret Service agent then approached me from within the main vestibule and confirmed what I had just been told. All I could do to protest was to point out the illegal (unconstitutional) nature of their actions, per the 4th amendment, which states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons…against unreasonable…seizures [including unlawful detention], shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue…but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation…particularly describing the…persons…to be seized.”
If the Police stop you for any reason, they must have probable cause. Whether you are held in a jail cell or the Qwest Arena, it is detention just the same.
EDITOR NOTE–On the face of it, our reader makes a valid point. Why be concerned if someone wishes to DEPART a secure area? Hard to argue his logic that LEAVING would not be a threat.
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