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Old 04-19-2018, 06:05 PM
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THe US Supreme Court as an enabler of police racism

I stumbled across this article and thought it might interest Dopers.

The Fourth Amendment secures the citizen against any unreasonable search or seizure of their person or property. But what is "reasonable"? Before Terry, the reasonableness of a police officer's seizure or search was defined by the magistrate's authority to issue a warrant on a showing of probable cause.

Terry redefined "reasonableness" in more subjective terms. Before 1968, police officers operated, at least in theory, with reference to the magistrate's authority. Ever since Terry, police officers have had the despotic discretion to search or seize any US citizen based on a "reasonable suspicion" that they are a criminal or are about to commit a crime.
I'm not sufficiently knowledgeable to make any judgement but the article does seem to hold water.