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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Miller
City of Indianapolis v. James Edmond
Citation:531 U.S. 32 (2000)
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The Indianapolis Police Department set up checkpoints for the purpose of interdicting unlawful drugs. At each checkpoint, the police stopped a predetermined number of vehicles. The officers are directed to approach the vehicle, advise the driver that they are being briefly stopped at a drug checkpoint, and ask for the driver’s license and registration. The officers also look for signs of impairment and conduct an open-view examination of the vehicle while a narcotics-detection dog walks around the vehicle. Edmond and Palmer (respondents) filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of themselves and all motorists who had been stopped at the drug checkpoints, arguing that the roadblocks violated the Fourth Amendment.
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