Pot Possession Not Probable Cause

The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that police officers unlawfully searched a man after smelling marijuana in his car and observing a joint in the center console. The officers did not have probable cause to believe the man was in possession of a criminal amount of marijuana, and possession of less than 10 grams of pot is a civil – not an arrestable – offense. 

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Black Lives Matter Protest Liability

A district court improperly dismissed an officer’s negligence claim against the organizer of a 2016 Black Lives Matter protest in Baton Rouge, the Fifth Circuit ruled. The officer alleges the organizer led demonstrators onto a highway and provoked an altercation between police and protestors, causing the officer’s injuries. 

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Overkill

A man claims in a federal complaint that Pennsylvania state troopers punched and kicked him in his own home, broke two teeth, critically damaged his eye, and called his wife “a fucking liar” for telling them he was recovering from open-heart surgery and that the two marijuana plants they found in the back yard were to assist his wife with her back pain.

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