Colorado Court strikes down certain uses of police cameras without warrant

A recent Colorado Court of Appeals decision tossing the conviction of a suspected drug dealer based on continuous video surveillance without a search warrant doesn’t impact more general uses of the technology, Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein says.

On Thursday, a three-judge panel of the court ruled that Colorado Springs police violated a defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures when they installed a video camera on a pole outside of a suspect’s home without a search warrant and watched him for more than three months.