Supreme Court says police can strip search citizens for any offenseSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Wed, 04/11/2012 - 12:10
(NaturalNews) The constitutional indignities Americans continue to suffer at what can only be called soft tyranny continue to mount, the most recent of which is a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that says police can now strip search for any reason - or no reason at all - when they're booking you into custody.
In a 5-4 ruling earlier this month, justices said police have the right to conduct strip searches even if they don't believe a suspect is carrying or hiding contraband.
Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy - who was joined by the high court's four other conservatives - said the Judicial branch was in no position to interfere with the judgment of police who were concerned that suspects could be hiding weapons, contraband or gang-related affiliations.
"Every detainee who will be admitted to the general population may be required to undergo a close visual inspection while undressed," Kennedy wrote, noting that some 13 million people annually are jailed.