Utah Supreme Court: police can run background check on car passengers without suspicion of crime

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Salt Lake City Tribune 

The Utah Supreme Court has ruled that police are allowed to ask for passengers’ identification and run a background check on them during a traffic stop — even without suspecting criminal activity.
In a 5-0 decision last week, justices overturned a 2014 district court ruling that argued such police actions were “beyond the scope of a routine traffic stop.”
The ruling stems from a case involving Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremy Horne, who stopped a car for an improper lane change. Horne collected IDs and ran a background check on the driver and the passenger, George Matthew Martinez Jr.

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