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Op-Alt: Why you should read Justice Sotomayor's opinion in Utah v. Strieff

Op-Alt: Why you should read Justice Sotomayor's opinion in Utah v. Strieff

As the United States Supreme Court's latest term came to a close in June, the court decided a critically important issue concerning illegal police stops, a case captioned Utah v. Strieff. The majority of the United States Supreme Court decided that police officers who carry out illegal stops can run a warrant check on a wrongfully detained person, arrest that person if they have an open warrant, and therefore search that person even though he or she was illegally detained in the first place. Since the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri two summers ago, law enforcement practices in minority and poor communities have been arguably the most contentious national...

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