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Pending Anal-probe Case Brings Up Many Questions of Accuracy of Drug-Sniffing Dogs

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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    NEW MEXICO - The case of Timothy Young made national headlines in 2012 when New Mexico police anally probed him in search of drugs (no contraband was found).

    His ordeal was the result of a false positive alert by a drug-sniffing police dog. Incredibly, the same dog was involved in a case involving another New Mexico resident that resulted in forced rectal exams that uncovered no drugs. That case ended with authorities paying a $1.6 million settlement (Young's case is still pending).

    Although presented as impartial and infallible, it turns out that such dogs are not only often poorly trained, they are frequently wrong.

    Cops, explains Andy Falco, a former K-9 handler and officer for the Anaheim Police Department in California, "will often motivate their dog or cue their dog to alert when there's absolutely nothing there." A 2011 analysis by the Chicago Tribune of police departments in the greater Chicago area found that vehicle searches initiated after dogs alerted failed to turn up drugs or drug paraphernalia 56 percent of the time. Other studies find false positives as high as 74 percent and 80 percent.

    Yet in 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that as long as police say the dog is trained or accurate, "a court can presume that the dog's alert provides probable cause to search" people, vehicles, and property.

    "If [police] have a dog that will alert on cue," says Reason Senior Editor Jacob Sullum, who has written extensively on the issue, "that's a very useful tool to have to search people you have other grounds to think are suspicious." Sullum stresses that there are no uniform or reliable certification standards for training drug-sniffing dogs. While convinced of dogs' potential usefulness, Falco agrees that police dogs are generally poorly trained and handled.

    Indeed, in the wake of such appalling cases such as Young's in New Mexico, Falco worries that drug-sniffing dogs will be completely discredited. "I've seen cases where people have trained their own dogs in their backyards and then taken it to work as a drug dog. I've seen that happen," he says. "We're going to lose them because we're not using them the way we're supposed to."

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    Reason.com/September 16, 2014

    http://reason.com/blog/2014/09/16/v...on/HitandRun+(Reason+Online+-+Hit+&+Run+Blog)

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    Beenthere2Hippie
    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.

Comments

  1. Alien Sex Fiend
    Re: Pending Anal-probe Case Brings Up Many Questions of Accuracy of Drug-Sniffing Dog

    They pay $1.6 million for prostate check? Where was I?
  2. tidruid
    Re: Pending Anal-probe Case Brings Up Many Questions of Accuracy of Drug-Sniffing Dog

    At least they are being forced to pay their victims huge settlements for sexually assaulting them for no reason. The policemen who were involved should not even have their jobs anymore.....hhaha...anal probe..
  3. TheBigBadWolf
    Re: Pending Anal-probe Case Brings Up Many Questions of Accuracy of Drug-Sniffing Dog

    Do NewMexican Police like to look in other person's arses?

    I knew that LEOs can be very anal, but this here is clearly too much of hurting human rights. The dog needs to be put out of service, so should be the trainer and the officers who decided to use this dog tho he had caused trouble like this before.

    That dogs like sniffing arses is saying hello, you trainer loonies. And if he does his work badly he needs to be replaced - If you need to have people sniffed for drugs.

    Medieval methods at best.

    BBW
  4. Beenthere2Hippie
    Re: Pending Anal-probe Case Brings Up Many Questions of Accuracy of Drug-Sniffing Dog

    I cannot imagine what life must be like for someone whose personal misfortune is everyone in the world's business. This is beyond a laughing matter, I'm sure, to those who have been put through such degradation in the name of "law enforcement" this nightmare is an ongoing one. What a fucked up state of affairs this kind of mis-judgement brings with it. Let's hope that reform from humiliation and personal agony such as this are around the corner for all those who live in and visit this country: Home of the free and the....(brave?)
  5. Diverboone
    Re: Pending Anal-probe Case Brings Up Many Questions of Accuracy of Drug-Sniffing Dog

    Ok in a vehicle it may be true that I have a lessor expectation of privacy. But you can be damned well sure that I have the greatest expectation of privacy in my anal end! I be damned, sniffing fido or not.

    The infallible drug sniffing dog is merely a mythical creature. A much better descriptive term for these nosy K-9s would be "probable cause on a leash".
  6. rollerz70
    Re: Pending Anal-probe Case Brings Up Many Questions of Accuracy of Drug-Sniffing Dog

    Id let it happen for that amount of money! Bring on the goldfinger
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