California Governer Jerry Brown is in hot water after vetoing legislation requiring police to obtain a court warrant to search the mobile phones of suspects.
As a result of his actions it means that when coppers in the Land of the Free arrest someone they can search a person’s mobile phone to find out everything they want about the suspect.
Brown said that the issue is too complicated for him to make a decision about, particularly as the California Supreme Court decision upheld warrantless searches of people.
According to Wired, Brown said the courts were better suited to resolve the complex and case-specific issues relating to constitutional search-and-seizure protections.
But it was because of the January ruling from the state’s high court that the California lawmakers drafted the legislation and unanimously passed it.
The bill’s sponsor, Senator Mark Leno can’t work out what Brown has been smoking and pundits have pointed out that is not how the US democratic system works.
Cynics say Brown was lobbied by the police unions, including the Peace Officers Research Association of California. The association opposed the legislation and recently wrote a cheque for $38,900 to Brown’s campaign.
Its view is that restricting the authority of Inspecter Knacker to search an arrestee unduly restricts their ability to apply the law, fight crime, discover evidence valuable to an investigation and protect the citizens of California.
It also makes it harder to get the phone numbers of girls you fancy and find out if they have a boyfriend.
Having the cops on your side will be important if Brown decides to seek a second term. Seven police unions have donated over $12,900 each to Brown. Together they make a significant chunk of his campaign chest.
Looks like that freedom from tyranny thing is working well in the United States.