The Second Amendment Of The United States

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Introduction The fourth amendment of the United States Bill of Rights states that “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 or things to be seized.” (“Bill of Rights”). Within the text of this amendment, the word ‘unreasonable’ is one that should be observed and remembered by citizens in regards to search and seizure. A question every citizen should ask is: does the fourth amendment provide enough protection to an individual’s privacy against intrusive police search and seizure when an officer’s discretion is the sole reasoning for initiation? It has been argued that racially-biased policing largely began with the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Operation Pipeline, a 1984 training program that instructed 25,000 state and local enforcement officers across the United States to identify and search potential drug smugglers and carriers. The training also contained a section that trained officers to consider the suspects’ race (Reid "Race Issues And Stop And Search: Looking Behind The Statistics.” 168). In 2009, the United States population reached 318,857,056, with demographics divided at: 77.7% Caucasian, 13.2% African American, 17.1% Hispanic, and 5.3% Asian ("State & County QuickFacts"). In 2009, 39.4% of the prison

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