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The Obscure Supreme Court Case That Could Radically Redefine Police Powers

27 days ago   |   By The New Republic

Why is the United States so reliant on police officers for basic social services? What societal roles do cops fill other than investigating crimes, arresting suspects, and patrolling communities? And what happens when those roles intersect, or even clash, with their law-enforcement duties? Over the past few years, these questions have fueled a national debate over American policing. This week, the Supreme Court also came tantalizingly close to wrestling with all of them. Wednesday's oral arguments in Caniglia v. Strom revolved around the Fourth Amendment, which generally requires cops to...
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