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NCJ Number: 193209 Find in a Library
Title: Crime to Court: Police Officers' Handbook, January/February 2002
Author(s): John Tate
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: South Carolina Educational Television Network
Columbia, SC 29205
Sale Source: South Carolina Educational Television Network
2712 Millwood Avenue
Columbia, SC 29205
United States of America
Type: Training (Handbook/Manual)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This training document explains the fact and law of a case relating to the search warrant requirement and discusses its implications for police officers; the document also discusses procedural issues related to Internet predators.
Abstract: The United States Supreme Court decided Illinois v. McArthur on February 20, 2001. Police officers who had probable cause to believe that a man had hidden marijuana in his home prevented that man from entering the home for about 2 hours while they obtained a search warrant. The Supreme Court focused on whether the police officers violated the Fourth Amendment. The Court reversed the judgment of the Illinois Appellate Court and decided that the police officers had probable cause to believe that the home contained contraband in the form of marijuana, which was evidence of a crime. The Court also agreed that the police reasonably agreed that the resident would destroy that evidence if not restrained and that the 2-hour period of restraint was reasonable and met the requirements of the Fourth Amendment. The decision indicated specific criteria for dealing with a situation that did not fit the “bright line” rules of search and seizure. The article on Internet predators recommends that police called to the scene of a possible computer-related crime involving child exploitation or molestation should determine whether the home has a computer with Internet access, whether the minor used the computer, and where the computer was located and then should prevent everyone from touching the computer and possibly destroying evidence. Photographs and multiple-choice questions and answers related to the decision on search and seizure
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): Child abuse detection; Computer related crime; Investigative techniques; Legal privacy protection; Police legal limitations; Search and seizure laws; Search and seizure training; Search warrants; US Supreme Court decisions
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