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Citizen Informants

  • By: David L. Hudson Jr.
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Fourth Amendment
  • Edited by: John R. Vile & David L. Hudson Jr.
  • Subject:American Political History, American Political Thought, Law & Courts

Citizen informants are identified individuals who inform police officers about criminal activity committed by others. Their information is considered to be more reliable than that of anonymous informants, criminal informants, or informants in the criminal milieu. In Illinois v. Gates (1983), ...

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