Thurgood Marshall: Dissent in Florida v. Bostick

(1991)

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Marshall’s Dissent

Our Nation, we are told, is engaged in a “war on drugs.” No one disputes that it is the job of law enforcement officials to devise effective weapons for fighting this war. But the effectiveness of a law enforcement technique is not proof of its constitutionality.… In my view, the law enforcement technique with which we are confronted in this case—the suspicionless police sweep of buses in intrastate or interstate travel—bears all of the indicia of coercion and unjustified intrusion associated with the general warrant. Because I believe that the bus sweep at...

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