Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 9-0 decision that law enforcement officers must obtain a search warrant prior to conducting a search of an individual’s cellular telephone. Failure on the part of law enforcement officials to obtain the necessary search warrant would render any information acquired during such a search inadmissible in a court of law. Police organizations contend that searching suspectsâ€™ cell phones is a vital part of the duty to protect officers during the course of an arrest. Privacy advocates maintain that contents contained within an individualâ€™s cell phone should be considered private, similar to a home or an office.
Analyze the application of the Constitution to the operational functions of the police. Identify ethical issues relevant to the Courtâ€™s ruling, and explore such questions as whether arresting officers might be endangered due to the Court’s ruling. Consider whether the Courtâ€™s decision incapacitates the police as they attempt to maintain order and arrest criminal perpetrators. Your journal entry this week should be at least one page in length.