Thursday June 23, 2016

Should Bizarre Kidnap Case Be Tossed Over 911 Call By Police?

At first glance, cases like this that seem so cut and dried, are interesting because there are so many different things at play that you never know how they are going to turn out. You would think that, since the guy left his phone behind during a burglary, he wouldn't have the right to object to the police using 911 to identify the phone without actually searching it. Pro Tip: don't leave your phone behind at the crime scene.

The search Johnson objects to is one in which Dublin police determined the number of the white Samsung Galaxy cellphone by bypassing the lock screen, which required a code to open. Police managed this simply by dialing 911 (cellphones allow locked screens to be bypassed for emergency calls), then having dispatchers tell them what phone number made the call.