In a New York Times report, a New York City Police Officer confirmed that the odor of cannabis is often used to justify illegal searches to meet arrest quotas. Many police officers use the smell of cannabis as probable cause for warrantless searches. Much like how “plain view” justifies the seizure of evidence without a warrant, countless numbers of Americans have been charged with possession after searches were executed following police officers claiming to smell weed. However, a new investigation by The New York Times found that in more than 25 cases since January 2015, judges or prosecutors ruled that key aspects of the testimony of New York City police officers were probably untrue. In Mapp. v. Ohio the court ruled that state judges must throw out evidence from illegal searches and seizures. Police officer confirms lies about cannabis odor are used to justify illegal searches

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