ACLU Accuses San Fran Of Illegally Searching Activist's Phone

Law360, Los Angeles (March 21, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT) -- The ACLU of Northern California sued the city and county of San Francisco and the city’s police chief in California state court Wednesday, claiming police officers violated the U.S. and California constitutions by searching an activist’s cellphone without a warrant after he was arrested at a protest.

The ACLU says a warrantless search of activist Robert Offer-Westort’s cellphone after he was arrested violates constitutional rights to privacy, speech, association, and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. 

Offer-Westort had been protesting a proposed law limiting where the...
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