Supreme Court cell phone ruling doesn't affect local law enforcement
Local law enforcement says a new Supreme Court ruling mandating an issued warrant before searching cell phones will not affect their investigation procedure.
The Supreme Court voted unanimously with a 9-0 ruling against forced search.
However, the Kirksville Police Department says they typically don't search cell phones without a warrant.
"This is not something that we had not anticipated. We expected this decision to go the way it has. It's not uncommon for all law enforcement to be included to sometimes get information related to the investigation of cases from cell phones and in those cases we've typically gone the extra mile and gotten a search warrant,â?? said Detective Justin Jones with the Kirksville Police Department.
The Supreme Court ruling states that there must be a search warrant issued before obtaining information from phones during investigation.
Detective Justin Jones echoes the court's sentiment stating that citizens should have a right to privacy.
"What the Supreme Court basically said is that if someone is stopped for a regular traffic offense, it really is an invasion of privacy if we just start searching their phone. If they're pulled over for speeding, is there really going to be evidence of them speeding on their cell phone? Most likely not,â?? said Jones.
Although every case is different, law enforcement says if cell phones are ever needed for investigation purposes, it is solely up to citizens to provide any personal property before the officer has obtained a warrant.
"Thatâ??s one of the things people forget about. We can always ask for consent. Citizens can say yes or no," said Jones.
"Itâ??s just an extra feature for both parties. You know people have a right to ask for a warrant for anything else so they can do that for their cell phone,â?? said concerned citizen Earnest Obright Jr.