A California widow has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after a SWAT team in search of illegal drugs shot and killed her 80-year-old husband in the couple’s bed.
The use of drug dogs -- K-9 officers -- to smell illegal contraband has long been a tool in the cops’ arsenal to bypass the protections of the 4th Amendment and search citizens’ cars at a roadside traffic stop. Now damning testimony from an Illinois polic...
Kansas police can use garbage as probable cause to kick down the doors of unsuspecting citizens. Just ask Bob Harte, whose house was recently raided by a SWAT team after investigators discovered tea leaves in a trash can, which they suspected to be marijuana.
Posting photos of marijuana to various social media sites is considered reasonable suspicion, in the eyes of the law, and cops are now using these images to lure stoners into rattraps and put them behind bars.
While law enforcement routinely rely on the alerts of drug dogs as a pretext to search the inside of a driver’s vehicle for illicit drugs, a new study reveals that these animals are alarmingly prone to error.