Community Caretaking Doctrine Sample Clauses

Community Caretaking Doctrine. The “community caretaking doctrine” allows police officers to impound vehicles that jeopardize public safety and the efficient movement of vehicular traffic. Ramirez v. City of Buena Park, 560 F.3d 1012, 1025 (9th Cir. 2009) (internal quotation marks and citation omitted). The County admits that this doctrine has not been extended to protect non-law- enforcement defendants, yet argues that it should apply in this case because the weapons in the Mathis House presented a danger to the community. The doctrine is too narrow in scope to justify extending it as far as the County suggests. “Whether an impoundment is warranted under this community caretaking doctrine depends on the location of the vehicle and the police officers’ duty to prevent it from creating a hazard to other drivers or being a target for vandalism or theft.” Miranda v. City of Cornelius, 429 F.3d 858, 864 (9th Cir. 2005). The weapons were locked inside of a home that had been sealed by the Sheriff’s Department. Although it is conceivable that someone knew the weapons were in an unattended home and thus ripe targets for theft, the community caretaking doctrine is premised on a much more immediate harm to the public. As a matter of law, the community caretaking doctrine does not excuse Glover’s failure to obtain a warrant.
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