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Supreme Court should call off the police dogs
Supreme Court should call off the police dogs

The law makes it easy for police to stop a car because of a minor infraction — even if the real reason for the stop is a hunch or a hope that the officer will find drugs or other evidence of a more serious crime. The Supreme Court exacerbated that problem in 2005 when it ruled that police are free to have a dog sniff a stopped car for evidence of drugs, without a warrant or even reasonable suspicion. This week the Supreme Court imposed some limits on that mistaken decision, but left in place its central — and offensive — holding: that police are able to deploy drug-sniffing dogs against a car stopped for a reason that has nothing to do with drugs. In a 6-3 ruling that...

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