Ohio court upholds officer peering into bathroom stall


SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio appeals court has upheld a police officer’s decision to peer over a bathroom stall at a man he suspected of illegal drug use.

Last week’s unanimous ruling by the Second Ohio District Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of a man arrested in a Springfield Wal-Mart following reports of a suspicious man in the store.

Springfield police officer Roger Jenkins testified he first looked under the stall and saw a man with his pants up and moving his hands as if placing something on the toilet paper dispenser.

The officer said after he looked over the stall he saw items consistent with drug use, including a spoon and a syringe.

The court said the officer had sufficient cause to peer into the stall without a warrant.

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