Thursday, March 05, 2009

Because a Dog Sniff Isn't a Search


From across the pond:
A hand fell heavily on my arm. "Excuse me, madam," came a voice, "Could you come over here, please. The dog has detected drugs and we need to search you."
There and here, instant "probable cause" for a search.
Eventually conceding that the mutt had got it wrong, I was told politely, but without apology, "Probably you've sat next to someone on the Tube who had some cannabis in their pocket. The dog is really sensitive."
And infallible. Right?
I can't say my first encounter with the Met was anything but polite. But I wonder if 25 police officers would be better deployed on other duties. The dog certainly would.
If only it were just 25....

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