The 4th Amendment Essay

3858 Words Jan 3rd, 2014 16 Pages
Analyzing The Fourth Amendment And Its Impact On The Safety Of Law Enforcement Officers

TABLE OF CONTENTS Page
1. ABSTRACT 3
2. INTRODUCTION 4
3. CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE 7
4. RELEVANT COURT CASES 9
5. PROPOSED CHANGE 13
6. SOCIAL IMPACT 16
7. CONCLUSION 17
8. REFERENCES 18

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America and its impact on law enforcement. Close attention will be paid to the ability of police officers to frisk people, vehicles and occupants of vehicles, also commonly referred to as Terry stops. Currently, the rule of law is that
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Article 2 A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Article 3 No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner; nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Article 4 The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Article 5 No person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service, in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled, in any criminal case, to be witness against himself; nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.
Article 6 In all criminal prosecutions the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public

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