eye-3-yellow-3d-2-new-logo philly_kyw_new philly_94wip_new 35h_cbssportsrad_philly philly_wpht_new
NOW LIVE: Eyewitness News: Watch Live Stream

Local

Phila. Police Dept. Sees Little Impact From US Supreme Court Cell Search Ruling

View Comments
(Credit: Thinkstock)

(Credit: Thinkstock)

Paul Kurtz Paul Kurtz
Paul Kurtz is a Philadelphia native who has been working as a reporter...
Read More

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

By Paul Kurtz

 

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –  Many police departments across the United States are updating their policies in the wake of Wednesday’s US Supreme Court ruling on cell phone searches.

The ruling requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant before searching the cell phone of a suspect (see related story).

But the Supreme Court decision will have virtually no impact in Philadelphia, where Lt. John Stanford says such has been the Philadelphia Police Department’s policy all along.

Similarly in Upper Darby, says police superintendent Mike Chitwood.

“If we feel that there’s evidence and we have probable cause to seize a phone — for example, a drug raid (where) you go into a drug house you have half a dozen phones in there, so we want to get the intelligience from the phone and see if there’s any type of criminal activity, we’ll get a search warrant,” Chitwood tells KYW Newsradio.

Chitwood calls it “unfair” to arbirtrarily search through cell phones.

The US Justice Department has already announced that it will help law enforcement agencies implement the new law.

 

View Comments