Supreme Court: Cops Can’t Violate 4th Amendment By Prolonging Traffic Stops To Wait For Drug Dogs
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that police are not allowed to extend a citizen’s detention during a normal traffic stop, while officers probe for evidence of crimes unrelated to the offense that prompted the initial stop.
In the case before the court, Rodriguez v. U.S., Dennys Rodriguez was given a warning for driving on the shoulder of the highway, then forced to wait for almost 10 minutes as police awaited the arrival of a drug-sniffing dog.
After arriving at the scene, the dog alerted, and a subsequent search of the vehicle found methamphetamine.
'via Blog this'