Could you identify a “bag of dope” through a tinted car window? A police officer in Euclid, Ohio thought he could, but it turns out the effort wasn’t close enough for government work. Under the Fourth Amendment, at least. IJ’s Rob Frommer joins us to tell the latest Sixth Circuit tale of cops not bothering to get a warrant. Then Suranjan Sen of IJ takes us to the Eighth Circuit where the police dispersed a crowd for “unlawful assembly.” That may have been unconstitutional, but when the protesters sue they encounter some pleading problems.

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