UA engineer vindicated

Categories: Civil Rights, News

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) – Forty-year-old Terry Bressi is a pretty smart guy.

He’s an engineer at the University of Arizona and one of his jobs is assessing threats presented to our planet by objects like meteors and comets.  That’s what takes him to Kitt Peak on a regular basis where he maintains the telescopes and monitors the activity in our solar system.

But seven years ago, on his way back to Tucson from Kitt Peak, Bressi was stopped by law enforcement on State Route 86.  This happens to be on the Tohono O’odham reservation and tribal officers told him this was a sobriety checkpoint.

“I was cognizant of what my rights are, if you will, at such checkpoint operations,” Bressi said Wednesday in an exclusive interview with KOLD News 13.  “The courts have provided very limited exceptions to the general rule that to stop people you need some sort of reasonable suspicion.”

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