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Canadian Court Rules Sniffer Dog Searches Violate Rights

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled today that police can't randomly dog search people to find drugs and other things in public places(except airports). The court ruled 6-3 that these random searches violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Canada which protect against unlawful searches.

This ruling came out from two cases where evidence was seized with the use of sniffing dogs. They ruled that the police didn't have grounds to use the sniffer dogs at their whim. They need to have probable cause to use them.


I'm glad to hear this since people's personal rights are very important. No one should have to put up with random searches. We are free people and we don't need to be degraded with this kind of treatment.

What I find scary is the comments on the source page of most people saying there has been an injustice done... to the law enforcement. It makes me sad that Canadians don't have a sense of individual rights. There are people demonizing civil right groups. Scary stuff.


Anonymous said…
I am very interested in this story, as I was given a 'random pat-down' by Rogers Centre staff at a Blue Jays game recently. I know that the police need to have Reasonable and Probable Grounds to search you, so why are ordinary civilians now granting themselves super-police powers in the name of "stadium safety" (read: we want to make sure you're not bringing your own food etc.? When was this ruling made with regard to police dogs? S.

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