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Protective Sweeps and Protective Weapons Searches

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

For some time, lower courts have recognized that police may be able to conduct quick protective sweeps in connection with arrests or in the presence of other exigent circumstances without a search warrant. Paul Joseph reports that in United States v. ...

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