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Bill of Rights

What does the US Bill of Rights prevent?


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The Bill of Rights protects the people against the government. It allows the people to have their freedoms without the government imposing unjustly punishment. For example, if you were a journalist and you were gathering information for a story, a police officer may not arrest or harm you just because you are trying to gather information. Another example would be if the government started marching troops around and had nowhere to put them, you have the right to deny those troops entry into your home. Another example would be if an officer asks to search your car or your home, you have every right to deny him/her entry. However, if the officer obtains a court issued warrant, he or she may search but is still limited to what he or she may do to your belongings.