1965 September 10

NYC Police Commissioner: Supreme Court Makes Law Enforcement “More Difficult”


New York City Police Commissioner Vincent L. Broderick charged on this day that recent Supreme Court decisions had “no doubt” made law enforcement “more difficult.” He added that courts are “often not aware enough of the civil liberties of the majority of the people,” meaning those who are law-abiding.

Broderick was in for an even bigger shock the following year when the Supreme Court handed down its famous Miranda decision, on June 13, 1966, requiring the police to advise suspects that they have a right to remain silent.

On the history of the police and the Supreme Court, read: Samuel Walker, Popular Justice: A History of American Criminal Justice, 2nd ed. (1998)

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