Chalking Tires Is Not a Permissible “Administrative Search”
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has previously concluded that chalking tires to enforce parking regulations constitutes a “search” under the Fourth Amendment. Today, in Taylor v. City of Saginaw, it further held that tire chalking is not a valid administrative search.
Judge Griffin begins his opinion for the court:
The City of Saginaw routinely chalked car tires to enforce its parking regulations. In our prior opinion, we held that doing so is a search for Fourth Amendment purposes, and that “based on the pleadings stage of this litigation, . . . two exceptions to the warrant requirement—the ‘community caretaking’ exception, and the motor-vehicle excep
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