Friday, December 12, 2014

Dollree Mapp, Who Defied Police Search in Landmark Case, Is Dead

Police photos of Dollree Mapp in 1957. She resisted a search of her Cleveland home when officers could not produce a warrant. Credit Associated Press        
(Via the New York Times.)
On May 23, 1957, three police officers arrived at a house in Cleveland and demanded to enter. They wanted to question a man about a recent bombing and believed he was hiding inside. A woman who lived there, Dollree Mapp, refused to admit them.
It was a small gesture of defiance that led to a landmark United States Supreme Court ruling on the limits of police power.

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