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 July 31, 2015  Court, U.S.

Kate Groetzinger reports:

…. Unfortunately for [Sandra Bland] —and for anyone else who is pulled over and asked to step out of their car—her rights are murky. Even though the Fourth Amendment guarantees citizens will not be subjected to unreasonable searches and seizures, it hasn’t been able to protect drivers from this particular invasion of privacy since 1977.

Two major Supreme Court decisions in the past half-century have eroded the Fourth Amendment’s power in an effort to protect police in the line of duty.

Read more on Quartz, where Groetzinger describes the impact of the Terry and Mimms rulings.

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