Drug Dogs: An Innocent Man's Worst Enemy, Latinos Especially


by Anthony Sibley (AJ) on Jan 12, 2015 | Views: 71 | Score: 0
Accurate Non-AlertsFalse Positives
Rooms with Dog Decoy (hidden sausages)1917
Rooms with Handler Decoy (red slips implying presence of drugs)432
Of 32 Searches in Controlled Experiment
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Anthony Sibley (AJ)
Anthony Sibley (AJ) on Jan 12, 2015 10:23 AM said:

Drug-sniffing dogs are often construed as infallible in court, but an experiment shows both how inaccurate and manipulatable by their handlers dogs can be. In a survey of traffic stops, drug alerts were only accurate 44% of the time; for Hispanic drivers, it was even rarer, 27%. This has profound implications for constitutional protections. The Supreme Court says that dog sniffs are not invasive enough to require the police to have a search warrant or probable cause. At the same time, however, a dog's alert (even a false one) is sufficient grounds for a full search of person and property.