Modal close

Hi there,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free daily news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines, or our in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. You need news that isn't being paid for by campaigns or corporations. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How? This model of news depends on your support. Right now, every new monthly sustaining donation to Democracy Now! will be tripled by a generous supporter. That means if you can give just $4 a month, Democracy Now! gets $12 today.  Pretty amazing right? If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, start your monthly contribution today. Thanks so much. -Amy Goodman

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Donate

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Police Can Search Those Fleeing

Default content image
Listen
Media Options
Listen

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that the police may stop and question someone who suddenly tries to run away after seeing officers arrive. The court’s 5 to 4 decision said police officers had sufficient reason to chase and stop a Chicago man, William Wardlow, who ran after spotting the officers arrive in a high-crime area known for drug trafficking.

The justices reversed a decision by the Illinois Supreme Court declaring that the stop violated Wardlow’s constitutional privacy rights protecting against unreasonable searches and seizures. In the majority opinion, Rehnquist said an individual’s presence in a high-crime area was not enough to justify a stop, but was a relevant factor in determining whether the circumstances were suspicious enough to warrant further investigation. According to the Chief Justice, “nervous, evasive behavior is a pertinent factor in determining reasonable suspicion” to justify a police stop.

Guests:

  • Alan McSurely, civil rights attorney in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is the attorney for the family of Kenneth Fennell, a Black college student who was killed in 1994 by a North Carolina State Trooper. That incident led to a Driving While Black bill which passed in the North Carolina Senate last year.
  • Will Harrel, Executive Director, National Police Accountability Project of the National Lawyers Guild.
  • Benito Juarez, American Friends Service Committee and coordinator, Houston Immigration and Refugee Coalition in Houston.
  • Mary Powers, National Coordinator, National Coalition on Police Accountability in Chicago.
  • Bill Thompson, Director of Governmental Affairs, Southern States Police Benevolent Association, which represents the interests of 17,000 federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement officers and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Delacey Davis, president and founder of Black Cops Against Police Brutality in New Jersey.

Related Story

Video squareStorySep 18, 2018Intercept Report Reveals Senate Ignored Federal Court Employees Willing to Testify Against Kavanaugh
The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation
Up arrowTop