http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/v...e-court-rules/The Supreme Court handed down a notable Fourth Amendment ruling this morning in Rodriguez v. United States, holding that the Fourth Amendment does not allow the police to extend the duration of a traffic stop without reasonable suspicion, even for just a “de minimis” amount of time, for reasons unrelated to vehicle and driver safety.
Still, in all the commentary thus far perused, officer safety has not been addressed. Traffic safety, roadway safety, and here driver safety.
More from VC -http://fourthamendment.com/?p=16869Similarly, it’s important that the Court distinguished Terry stops from traffic stops. There is caselaw on the proper length of Terry stops, but I read Rodriguez as saying that the proper length of traffic stops is a different animal. That’s doctrinally quite important.
ETA 0700: Lisa Soronen mentions officer safety.