Police 'visit funeral home to unlock dead man's phone'

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He allegedly dragged one of their officers when he tried to drive off, however, Armstrong has argued that her fiancée did nothing wrong to warrant being killed. He also confirmed that the police only wanted to access Phillip's phone to help in the investigation regarding his death and to help solve a separate inquiry that links Phillip to drugs.

Linus Phillips was killed by a Largo law enforcement officer after authorities reveal that he tried to flee a crime scene before he could be properly searched. Police said Phillip got back into the vehicle and drove off in reverse, dragging Officer Matthew Steiner, who fired his weapon.

While you may waive your Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination by using biometric factors like facial or fingerprint recognition to unlock your phone, the same can not be said for passcodes. At the funeral home following the incident, officers held Phillip's finger to the phone's fingerprint sensor, but the effort failed to unlock it. "I just felt so disrespected and violated", Armstrong says. Dead people do not have Fourth Amendment protection against unlawful searches and seizures, but Stetson University Law Professor Charles Rose noted that the deceased's family have an interest in his remains. Police said they didn't believe a warrant was needed because there is no expectation of privacy after death.

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"The law has been most cruel, really unforgiving to a dead person", Nwabueze told the Times.

Whether the finger of a dead person could unlock a smartphone is debatable. "It provides no entitlement or legal rights after death to a deceased person".