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Oakland PD Cancels Cinco de Mayo DUI Checkpoint After People Take Offense on Social Media

May 06, 2016  | 

A warning about drunk-driving checkpoints during the Cinco de Mayo holiday got the Oakland (CA) Police Department in hot water.

The lengthy warning, titled “Fiesta Time or Jail Times,” about driving while intoxicated made many references to such drinks as tequila and margaritas, and many people complained it was offensive.

“In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become synonymous with festive fiestas and salty margaritas,” the warning said. “Historically, the fifth of May commemorates Mexico’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War, but present-day celebrations often lead to drunk driving—and there’s no victory in that.”

Criticism about the warning prompted the Oakland Police Department to issue an apology and then cancel the checkpoints, Fox Latino reports.

Comments (16)

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OK then @ 5/7/2016 6:32 AM

I don't understand, how is it offensive? DWI check points are set up on and about all major holidays that people tend to drink on. Never heard the Irish complain about them on St. Paddy's.

Bud Johnson @ 5/7/2016 8:12 AM

Give me a break! An impaired driver is a deadly weapon on our roads and highways. Many agencies in the Los Angeles area are working with fewer officers.
Getting the word out about the repercussions regarding DUI'S is imperative.
These warning help. More citizens are using services like Uber.

Joe @ 5/7/2016 10:52 AM

Now we are bending over and taking it since these social media idiots find it offensive? Then these same Adam Henry's will be the one suring the city because their loved one dies when a DUI suspect kills them. I say stand down for a week just drive around and wave, even give the gang bangers candy, and if someone runs, on foot or vehicle let them go. Shouldn't even need to help your fellow officer if their standing down too but if not, just help them. Let chaos reign then see what these liberal yards think.

FDC @ 5/7/2016 2:35 PM

This is how smart we have become. Poor people complained it was offending so they canceled it. So then they could get drunk and drive without worrying about a check point. Wonder how many people got killed by drunk drivers because no police to rein in the drunks before they killed someone.

kevcopAz @ 5/7/2016 2:46 PM

wow how very stupid!. Does that mean we Irish are safe on St Pat's day? or perhaps all Christians on Christmas? or even "everyone" on New Years Eve?. Not only is it getting old when you hear all these politically correct whining idiots who see racism in every act, but even worse the powers that be bend over and take it for them! Fools.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 5/7/2016 6:18 PM

What if it offends criminals to be arrested??? I would say, So what, we don't care.

Concerned Citizen @ 5/7/2016 8:27 PM

What the HELL! Who is in charge here? Do your job. Don't worry about being politically correct or hurting someone's feelings. Keep the streets safe. If scare tactics work, use them. I drive on the streets and so do my family.

Brian @ 5/7/2016 8:41 PM

"Many people" complaining was probably 5-10. The Oakland P.D.'s public relations officer is probably Hispanic.

Larry Romero @ 5/7/2016 8:45 PM

Very sad it has come to this.

Nightstalker @ 5/8/2016 4:38 AM

I like the tacos and beer for Cinco de Mayo and the woman!!!!!!!

Thomas J. Rocker Sr @ 5/8/2016 7:02 AM

It is very apparent that the State of California, City of Oakland are run by people who refuse to assimilate to our culture and the politicians pander to these people when most of them are illegal’s. When you have a school system that tell it’s American students they cannot wear a shirt with the American Flag on it but the Mexican students can place our flag upside down on the flag pole or worst yet desecrate our flag and nothing is done to them it’s time to make drastic changes in those administrations. The only thing I can say is we have become a society of PC fools.

EODK9Trainer @ 5/8/2016 11:52 AM

Grow some balls Oakland PD.

teeter totter @ 5/9/2016 3:40 AM

Cancelling the check points was a price that had to be paid, for the heinous crime and utter audacity, of failing to acknowledge the limitations of English composition of their target market.

Yes, yes, they used too many big words.

But instead of saying "I don't understand what I am reading," they said "I'm offended."

Cuz errbody haz lurn'd der's uh PAYday in DAT.

teeter totter @ 5/9/2016 3:46 AM

The banner line SHOULD have read:


Robert @ 5/12/2016 11:33 AM

Checkpoints are so reminiscent of the old Soviet Union or East Germany I wonder why the public and the courts have allowed them especially when they are so intrusive without much benefit... they are obviously illegal under the United States Constitution just as the roadside robbery called "asset forfeiture"
We need to take back our police forces from corporate control they don't work for us anymore we are just profit centers...

TIm Burrows @ 5/12/2016 11:37 AM

I reached out to the OPD to help explain their decisions and all they said was, "It was the right thing to do."
I ended up doing a podcast about leadership on the topic. episode 83

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