About a month ago, state and local police targeted the Exit 30 area of Davidson for a crackdown on criminal activity related to alcohol and drug use by motorists. The operation lasted four hours, and resulted in 49 arrests. Some citizens applauded the success of the effort while others expressed concerns that Davidson had become a “police state” overnight.
The framers of the Bill of Rights recognized the tension between the right of individuals to be free from government interference and the need for collective security. That is why they wrote the Fourth Amendment to protect the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures” and to prohibit warrants from being issued without “probable cause.” The interpretation of the Fourth Amendment has a profound effect on our ability to live as free people in an increasingly complex and crowded world. Read the full story