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POLICE DISPATCHER’S MISIDENTIFICATION IS HELD GROUND FOR SUPPRESSING EVIDENCE

N.J. Law Journal reports:

Police departments across New Jersey got a stern warning Tuesday that evidence seized as the result of bad information relayed by dispatchers will likely be suppressed in criminal trials. The state Supreme Court ruled 5-2 that a dispatcher is “an integral link in the law enforcement chain” who must be held accountable for the information provided to the officer in the field. Under review in State v. Handy, A-108-09, was an Appellate Division ruling that suppressed crack cocaine and marijuana seized from a man mistakenly identified because a dispatcher gave incomplete and inaccurate information to an investigating officer. Declining to follow a U.S. Supreme Court precedent that found no Fourth Amendment violation in similar circumstances, the Court’s majority held the dispatcher’s conduct “objectively unreasonable” and a violation of both federal and state constitutional protections.

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About Lawrence "Larry" Berezin

I retired from the private practice of law after a 35-year legal career and fight parking tickets for people like you and me. I love sharing valuable information, tips and tricks to help drivers beat NYC parking tickets.

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