A U.S. Supreme Court decision will hinder law enforcement from unduly delaying traffic stops in order to wait for a K-9 unit to arrive on scene. However, Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said the ruling won’t have a large impact on the office.
Justices determined Tuesday the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure, doesn’t allow a completed traffic stop to be prolonged for any period of time in the absence of independent probable cause or reasonable suspicion justifying the extension of the stop, The Associated Press reported. This means, officers can’t prolong a traffic stop to get a K-9 unit if the K-9 is needed for a cause unrelated to the initial traffic stop.
The decision came when the court ruled 6-3 in favor of Nebraska driver Dennys Rodriguez who was stopped and found to be transporting a large bag of methamphetamine following a dog sniff. The…
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