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Checkpoints in Armada by Police Causing Controversy Online

ARMADA, MI – Authorities are searching for leads in the murder case of April April MillsapMillsap.  As visitation at the Tiffany-Young and Hauss Funeral Home was getting underway for the 14 year old teenage girl, FBI agents and other law enforcement set up checkpoints stopping all vehicles entering and exiting the Village of Armada on Thursday.  Some online are calling this a violation of Constitutional Rights.

The FBI and Armada Police stopped every vehicle attempting to enter or leave the Village of Armada between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday night in hopes of generating new leads in the murder case.

One group is actually calling this move by authorities unconstitutional and is looking for the Chief of Police in Armada to discuss what the United States Constitution states.

State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said investigators were looking for any information that could move the investigation forward.

A search warrant was executed on Wednesday at a home in Wales Township, MI which caused the public to believe that authorities had made an arrest in the murder case.  That caused tips to slow to a trickle.  “Because of that, people thought we had solved it,” Shaw said. “We wanted to go back and see what info we can find.”

Several online made the following comments:

Michael Ayres · Top Commenter · Works at Government Motors

This is full blown, police state hysteria. What next? The cops invoke the boston rule, and search door to door, with DNA swabs also?
drbepor

Sounds like a violation of my rights

Rylaw
Rylaw

Also if they run your plates without reasonable suspicion, that is an illegal search.

Eric Schuh · Top Commenter

This is typical hick town police work. I grew up in Almont and worked at a place that had money stolen. The extent of the police investigation was handing out a survey with questions like “what would you do if you had the stolen money?” Barney Fife would be proud. They will never catch this killer and the reason is the parents of this girl handed her over on a silver platter. They let her walk through the woods alone on a daily basis. The person was probably watching her for weeks finding the perfect time to have no witnesses. Parents don’t let your kids go anywhere alone that isn’t public unless you have taught them to defend themselves. Even then put down candy crush and take that walk with them or have them go with a group of friends.
Lori Dziegeleski Haskell · Wayne State University
Completely illegal.
Then there are those who are coming to the defense of law enforcement for doing what they feel is necessary to solve this case:
BrandiLeighConner

For all of you people who are upset that police were “violating your constitutional right” – what about that girls right to life? What about justice? There is a murderer walking around free. What about safety? What would you do/ what would you want done if it was your daughter? Wouldnt you want them to do anything and everything in their power to find the person who took that precious life away from you. This is whats wrong with the world today. So many people worried about their rights being violated. Authorities asking questions to try and find a murderer….. Seriously? You have a problem with this? Whats the matter. Do you have something to hide?

JenniferGregg

I live in the village of Armada and my husband was returning home from work when he was stopped at a checkpoint. He was not searched, he was not marked with an “x”. He said that the police were asking the same questions from the same questionnaire that the FBI brought door to door on Saturday. With that being said, if some people are complaining that they think their rights were violated because police asked them if they saw this child walking on the day she was killed, then too bad, so sad. Suck it up. I knew this child. Saw her out quite often walking her dog. I want this person caught. I’m scared to let my kids walk down to the gas station to buy a pop. I would have thought that if this were your child you would want the police to do everything they can. They are trying to find a child killer. Isn’t that what we pay them for?

April Millsap will be laid to rest today at 11 a.m. in Armada.

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