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Court rules cops violated Constitution by filming man for 3 months

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A police force can’t set up a camera to peer over the top of a man’s privacy fence, then record him for months, before finally filing criminal charges against him.

That’s the ruling from the state supreme court in Colorado, where the decision freed suspect Rafael Tafoya from what was expected to be a significant prison sentence.

According to a report in Courthouse News, officers in Colorado Springs set up a special camera on top of a utility pole next to Tafoya’s home after a “tip” from an anonymous source.

Without a search warrant, they watched him and his property, recording events there, for months.

Eventually they charged him with drug violations and seized meth and cocaine from his home, the report said.

“The problem was a Fourth Amendment violation because it was a warrantless search,” defense lawyer Robert Borquez explained to Courthouse News. “It’s conceivable that police could get a warrant to look over somebody’s fence, but it’s not up to the police to

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