Friday, February 5, 2016
Riley v. California Reflection
In the case of Riley v. California David Riley was arrested during a traffic stop which resulted in the police finding guns in his car. The police then took his phone and began searching messages, pictures, and other content. I believe this was a violation of his fourth amendment right because the police instantly looked throught his phone without getting a search warrant to verify their access to the phone. I understand that they found weapons in Riley's car, but it doesn't give the police the right to look through his phone without legal permission to do so. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Riley since what the police officer did was a violation of his fourth amendment right. I am 100% in favor with the decision the Supreme Court came down to because if I was in a similar situation like Riley where the police searched my phone I would want to win the case since it violated my constitutional rights.