State Police Running Illegal ‘Traffic Checkpoints’ in Texas

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“People are scared to go into the streets and businesses are deserted”

Julie Wilson
Infowars.com
Sept. 30, 2013

Infowars has been receiving a torrent of complaints regarding the illegal, unconstitutional checkpoints being conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) along the South Texas border in what the DPS calls an attempt to confirm drivers are “complying with license, insurance and vehicle safety regulations.”
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The DPS director addressed the public’s complaints today claiming the “traffic regulatory checkpoints” are in response to “various criminal activities and unsafe driving behaviors” in South Texas.

DPS says 15 percent of all “no driver license” citations have been issued in the same three counties, Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy, which are all located in the Rio Grande Valley.

The checkpoints, which have been in effect since Sept. 15, have caused outraged citizens to set up Facebook pages warning the public of the time and location of the illegal checkpoints. One complaint submitted anonymously told Infowars, “People are scared to go into the streets and businesses are deserted.”

According to ThinkProgress.org, immigrant advocates are alleging that DPS is using the traffic checkpoints as a way to crack down on illegal immigration.

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Hundreds believed injured in Texas fertilizer plant blast

A column of smoke rises after an explosion at a fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas April 17, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Berti/Twitter

WEST, Texas | Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:34pm EDT

(Reuters) – Hundreds of people were likely injured in a fiery explosion on Wednesday night at a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas, that damaged or destroyed numerous buildings including a nursing home, authorities said.

The blast was reported at about 8 p.m. CDT (0100 GMT on Thursday) in West, a town of some 2,700 people about 80 miles south of Dallas and 20 miles north of Waco.

A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, D.L. Wilson, told Reuters the blast had probably caused “hundreds of casualties” and damaged many homes.

He added that a nearby nursing home collapsed from the explosion and that people were believed trapped inside.

A Reuters reporter observed that a middle school and several homes in the area appeared to have been severely burned.

More than 100 people injured in the blast and fire were being taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco, said vice president of hospital operations David Argueta.

Hillcrest CEO Glenn Robinson told CNN that the hospital was seeing “everything from orthopedic injuries to patients that are experiencing serious blood loss.”

Governor Rick Perry issued a statement saying his office had “mobilized state resources to help local authorities” deal with the incident.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman, Tim Gaynor and David Bailey; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Xavier Briand)

(The story corrects byline to Regina Dennis, instead of Regina Davis)

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