S.D.Ohio: Putting def in the back seat of a police car wasn’t unreasonable during a basic traffic stop

“Ward also argues that the traffic stop was extended by placing him in the back of the police cruiser. … However, the officer(s) needed to walk back to the police cruiser in order to complete the mission of issuing a ticket for the traffic violation anyway. Furthermore, Officer Johnson was permitted to ask Ward to sit in the squad car until the citation for the traffic violation had been issued.” See “Rodriguez, 135 S. Ct. at 1614-15. (‘the Fourth Amendment tolerate[s] certain unrelated investigations that d[o] not lengthen the roadside detention’).” United States v. Ward, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 202810 (S.D. Ohio Nov. 22, 2019).

The officers’ reliance on a Playpen NIT warrant was in objective good faith as to the locations permitted to be searched. United States v. Grisanti, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 34813 (7th Cir. Nov. 22, 2019).*

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