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Anonymous Neighbor Says You're A Lousy Driver: Police Can Search Your Car?

Tell us what you think.

 by Todd Richissin 

When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision Tuesday on affirmative action policies at Michigan colleges and universities, largely lost in the reporting that day was another decision that could directly affect far more people.

That is, the high court ruled that if police receive an anonymous 911 tip about erratic driving, they canpull over the called-about vehicle and question and even search the driver.

The court has long held that officers can make stops based on anonymous tips, but only if the information in those tips provide enough detail to give rise to a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.

Which raises the question:
  • Is it right that police can pull over a car based on an anonymous tip? Tell us what you think in comments below.
Quentin Atherley April 28, 2014 at 09:08 AM
This is the Supreme Courts analysis as per Justice Thomas: First, an anonymous caller telephoned police in Mendocino County, California, on the 911 emergency line to say that a driver had run her off the road. The caller described the truck and reported its license plate number. Second, the fact that the tipster had used 911 added to its reliability, because new technology allows police to identify such callers, and go after them for false reports. Third, the fact that the tipster had described a near-accident was enough to lead police to conclude that the other driver may well have been drunk. Fourth, the suspicion of drunken driving, with the hazards that that poses for the traveling public, justified police in stopping the suspected driver even though, when actually following that truck, there was no erratic driving. The fact that there was no erratic driving was not proof that the driver was not drunk. Fifth, on the suspicion of drunken driving, the officers were permitted, under the Fourth Amendment, to stop the vehicle. When they stopped it, they smelled marijuana, and they made a search that turned up four large, closed bags of marijuana in the truck.
Teresa Byrne April 28, 2014 at 10:29 AM
For All you Game of Throne followers, watch this well organized plot unfold. From our Constitutional Rights, as your muslim president with a bogus birth certificate signs laws into effect as citizens lay sleeping in their beds or working a night shift if they are lucky to have a job. The plot thickens as local States strip residents of their rights and this latest craz to empower those to snitch amongst themselves. These simple minded people will have feelings of grandeur, as a synthetic dosage of testosterone given to all! Wow! Neighbors will have a different perspective of their neighbors and view as enemies. An impregnated revolution as individuals will rebel. Don't worry you won't be able to protect your home or family, because globalized gun control will ban guns down through State level. Have you seen all of the changes made to your constitutional rights and do you understand the legal ramifications? It's real and it's happening each day.
Yorktown Boy for 60yrs April 28, 2014 at 12:49 PM
Let's not forget what this thread is about, which is a Conservitive Supreme Court approved this and is the one whittling away your rights...
Yorktown Boy for 60yrs April 28, 2014 at 12:54 PM
Also in the words of Gov Mike Huckabee at the Republican Convention, Pres Barack Obama is the only Evanglical Christian left running for President!
Dave April 28, 2014 at 02:45 PM
911 calls are not anonymous.

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