Impact of Case Law on Policing
University of Phoenix
There are many case law decisions that I feel like are important and have made an impact on policing. However, I feel like there are three main ones that have probably had the most impact on policing today. In my opinion the case of Miranda V Arizona which was in 1966, has had the most impact on policing in today’s society. It is mandatory that a police officer or any kind of law enforcement has to read you the Miranda warning if you are in custody or before undergoing interrogation. It is very important that whoever is reading the Miranda warning makes sure the person they are reading them to, fully understands. If for some reason a police officer does not read the Miranda warning before anything has taken place, the judge will throw out any evidence that is used throughout questioning. It is very important in policing today and that is why I feel like it has made a huge impact on policing in today’s society.
Another case I feel like has influenced policing is the case of Terry V. Ohio which happened in 1968. There are going to be a few officers who will “frisk” someone while in their career. Now days judges have ruled that five conditions must take place before a at down or “frisking” is allowed to take place. Since this law has taken place, if an officer feels like they need to stop someone for suspicious behavior and the officer has beyond a reasonable doubt, that the suspect is carrying a weapon, then the officer is allowed to pat down. He or she can pat down the outer clothing to feel if the suspect has a weapon.
Last but not least, the last case I feel like has influenced policing today, is the case of Chimel V. California. It occurred in 1969. This case has influenced how police officers are allowed to search the area of where a suspect is if they have an arrest warrant. The court finally ruled in this case that that if a police officer arrest someone, they are only allowed to search the area...