As technology grows and develops so does our system for maintaining accountability and finding the truth. With cell phone camera and video advancement, every citizen can take, capture, and publish pictures, videos, and their opinions. This has recently incited protests and investigations into police interactions with citizens. Multiple Police Departments across America are looking into supplementing citizen cell phone videos by arming police with society's latest weapon for the truth, body cameras. Police Officers would strap these cameras on at the beginning of their shift, remove them at the end, and keep them rolling in between.
While the United States Supreme Court has ruled that DUI checkpoints, also known as sobriety checks, are legal eleven state Supreme Courts have ruled that DUI checkpoints are a violation of the drivers Fourth Amendment rights against unwarranted searches. Florida is not one of those eleven states and DUI checkpoints are legal.
News sources in Florida report that a woman was charged with felony possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana following a traffic stop on March 16. According to sources, the woman was riding in the passenger seat of a car that a local law enforcement official pulled over in Fort Walton Beach after it almost caused a collision with another vehicle. When the officer approached the car, he detected what he described as a "strong odor" of marijuana emanating from its interior.
Police in Florida arrested several people on drug charges as a result of an investigation that has been ongoing for several months. Law enforcement officials say the investigation will continue, and they expect more arrests to be made in the near future. The 20 convicted felons arrested as a result of "Operation No Trap Zone" now face 47 felony charges as of March 3. The investigation and arrests were carried out by the Nassau County Sheriff's Office.