A Department Homeland Security Agents California checkpoint stop has gone viral. A DHS agent is shown breaking the car window of Robert Trudell in the viral video. The videographer drives a vehicle specially equipped with camera and video equipment, and captured the incident from multiple angles.
Robert Trudell maintains the Pine Valley, California Department of Homeland Security agents angrily broke his window and held him for six hours in handcuffs for six hours. The videogrpaher also stated that he was not allowed to use a bathroom for at least nine hours. All of Trudell’s property inside the vehicle were seized after the DHS agent cracked his window and ordered him out of the car.
The Department of Homeland Security agents allegedly became angry when Robert Trudell exercised his Fifth Amendment right during the California border checkpoint stop. The federal agents allegedly asked Trudell to consent to a search of his vehicle. When the DHS California agents allowed Trudell to leave, he left with just his credit cards and ID, according to the videographer.
The videographer has more than 4,000 videos on his The USA Mexican Border Dance website. Robert Trudell describes himself as a documentarian was attempting to make border patrol checkpoint films for the Yuma Film Festival.
The video journalist had this to say about the experience on his website:
“I stumbled into Pine Valley, California’s smashing greeting. An American Journalist might expect a similar Welcome crossing into North Korea or Iran. 3 hours on the road, 6 hours in handcuffs, 9 hours without a toilet and 9 hours in Detention demonstrated the US Border Patrol’s Adventure Ride tops any at Universal Studios. The admission price eclipses it.”
Trudell also stated that he had to wait about 21 days to recover his camera and video equipment. The DHS did not file any charges against the California man.
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