Supreme Court rules that police may not delay a traffic stop to wait for a search

Yahoo NewsThe Supreme Court said Tuesday that police may not extend an ordinary traffic stop to seek evidence of crimes unrelated to the offense that prompted officers to pull a vehicle over.

At first glance, this is a blow struck against police abusing traffic stops to pressure victims into consenting to a search instead of waiting hours for the police to bring a drug dog up to the car, where the handler will signal the dog to alert and the car will be torn apart on the shoulder of the road and left for the victim to put back together and drive away hours later. The facts in this case included a delay of less than 10 minutes and the police still lost. So, in theory, they aren't allowed to make you wait for a drug dog.

In practice, officers will claim they smelled marijuana while they were writing the ticket and business will continue as usual.

This entry was published Sun Apr 26 11:57:46 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2015-04-26 11:57:46.0. [Tweet]

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