Whren v. United States
|Whren v. United States
|Supreme Court of the United States
|June 10, 1996
|US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit
In June 1993, two police officers were patrolling an area in Washington DC known for high drug trafficking.
Two black men in their Nissan Pathfinder car turned right at an intersection without using a turn signal and drove away from the police at an unreasonable speed.The officers stopped the car for not using a turn signal and speeding. When the officers approached the car, they found bags of crack cocaine in plain view inside the car.
The defendants argued that the stop and search of the vehicle were unconstitutional under the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution. They stated that if the police hadn't followed them, they wouldn't have sped away.The defendants argued that the police wouldn't have stopped them but for the fact they were black men.