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Police Must Get Search Warrant to Look at Cell Phones

The US Supreme Court has ruled that police need a search warrant to look at your cell phone. But that won’t mean a change for the Yakima Police Department. Capt. Rod Light says once a person is taken into custody it’s been the policy in the yakima police department for years to air on the side of caution. “If we feel there’s evidence on a phone we tag the phone. We don’t delve into it. We don’t run it through out tech people until we have a search warrant.” Light says a cell phone holds a wealth of information, more than can be found anywhere else including social media sights. Light says the department has equipment that can mine even deleted information on cell phones that can play a big role in criminal cases. Warrantless searches have been justified by the need to protect officers from hidden weapons and to prevent suspects from destroying evidence.

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