U.S. Supreme Court Activity in Police Cases

By lfsuser on August 17, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court issued several important opinions over the past year: (1) Plumhoff v. Rickard (use-of-force) (2) Fernandez v. California (consent to search); and Navarette v. California (anonymous tip as reasonable suspicion) (summaries courtesy of SCOTUSBlog). The three cases provide guidance on when and how officers can use deadly force, can search a residence, or stop some suspected of criminal activity.

In the upcoming term (October 2014), the Supreme Court will address at least one police case: Heien v. North Carolina. There, a local sheriff’s deputy pulled a car over for a traffic stop on the mistaken belief that North Carolina law required two functioning brake lights (not one). The question before the Court is whether an officer’s mistake of the law can constitute reasonable suspicion for a traffic stop.

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