Protecting The Public And Aid Law Enforcement

1917 WordsNov 11, 20148 Pages
Intro It’s no secret that surveillance and other sensing devices are used in the United States and across the world. The main purpose of the surveillance camera is to protect the public and aid law enforcement in solving, preventing crimes. However, a person’s privacy is questioned in accordance to the 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution. The 4th Amendment protects people from unreasonable search and seizure. The problem is, how far does this protection go and what is considered an unreasonable search pertaining to a surveillance device? The Fourth Amendment The Fourth Amendment is located, in the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights contains the first ten amendments of the United States Constitution. The Fourth Amendment states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons of things to be seized” (Worrall 2014). The history of the Fourth Amendment dates back to the eighteenth century. The amendment can be understood more clearly when divided into two time periods; the eighteenth century and the twentieth century to present. The eighteenth century holds responsibility for the amendment being chronologically followed to the date of ratification. The twentieth century to present holds responsibility for
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