11/10/2008

Body cavity search curbed by N.Y. ruling

By Rocco Parascandola
Newsday

NEW YORK — Police officers can lie to suspects. They can fight back if assaulted. And they can use deadly force if necessary. They cannot, however, pull contraband from a suspect's body cavities without a search warrant.

That is a new order in the New York Police Department patrol guide, put in place after a recent state Court of Appeals decision that said officers cannot conduct an "unreasonable body search" without first getting a warrant.

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