Bodycam Review Counts as 4th Amendment ‘Search’ in Massachusetts

Sept. 10, 2021, 7:20 PM

Massachusetts police officers who record video of themselves while investigating a domestic disturbance must get a warrant to review the bodycam footage for criminal evidence unrelated to the purpose of the original visit, the state’s top court ruled Friday.

The novel ruling came in the case of Abdirahaman Yusuf, who was convicted of unlawful gun possession after Boston detectives allegedly based a warrant to search his home on bodycam footage they took responding to an earlier call from his sister.

Justice Dalila Wendlandt, writing for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, confronted two issues of first impression within the state: whether ...

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