The Fourth Amendment

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

This Amendment protects people from being victimized by excesses or abuse in governmental power in law enforcement; helps ensure that our criminal justice system is fundamentally fair and respects the legal rights of individuals to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures, including false arrest; and provides the primary legal protection against excessive force. Police Misconduct, Excessive Force, False Arrest, Wrongful Conviction/Imprisonment, Fourth Amendment Violations.