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Illegal search and seizure Archive



by Edmond Geary

Police Stop-And-Frisk Campaign Ruled Illegal

To address the abundance of street crime in high crime areas of New York City, the police devised an aggressive stop-and-frisk approach.  They called it TAP, acronym for  Trespassers Affidavit Program.  It used to be known as Operation Clean Halls.  The police approached anyone outside certain housing projects, engaged them, search them, question them and…

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by Edmond Geary

Constitutional Rights in Supreme Court: South Dakota v. Opperman

The Supreme Court of South Dakota ruled a violation of the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a police search when they conducted a routine inventory search of an automobile lawfully impounded by police for violations of municipal parking violations. After incurring two overtime parking citations in the same morning, a car was towed by…

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