Virginia Police Did Not Violate Rights
GPS Tracking Without A Warrant
One of the more controversial topics making headlines over the past couple years has been the practice of GPS tracking among police before obtaining a warrant. Police have been using real-time tracking and passive GPS units to conduct cost-effective surveillance on potential drug traffickers, sex offenders and other violent criminals for years. There is no doubt that the GPS monitoring technology has led to the arrest of numerous criminals, but many privacy advocates have stated concern that police may be violating the rights of criminal(s) because most states do not have laws requiring law enforcement to obtain a warrant before equipping a car tracker on a suspect’s vehicle. Looking to make a statement in regards to the application of car tracking by police agencies, an appeals court in Virginia ruled that cops do not need to first gather a warrant before placing a car tracker on a potential criminal’s automobile.
The Virginia Appeals Court ruling came after police placed a car tracker on David Foltz’s vehicle after he was suspected of being involved in numerous sexual assaults. The GPS tracker placed on Foltz’s vehicle led to an arrest for abduction with intent to defile. Police believed that Foltz was the man engaging in the sexual assaults because of his past history of sexual assault/abuse, and the fact he was in the area when some of the reported assaults took place. The evidence collected from the GPS tracking system helped police build a case against Foltz, leading to a conviction.
The court found that the police did not violate any of the dirty sex offender’s rights because when they equipped the car tracker to his vehicle they did so on a public street. This is similar to how video cameras can be used on public streets to capture what people are doing.
Tracking System Opinion
Did police violate the dirty sex offender’s rights, or did they do a good job by removing one more pedophile creep from the streets?
Source: Washington Examiner