3/07/2012 1:21pm, #31We hold that there is no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers.
3/07/2012 2:14pm, #32
3/07/2012 2:25pm, #33
I'll bow out because in some cases, I personally feel, that "exigent BStances" is a way for some shitty cops to make the rest of you look bad.
I'll go right back to it and add your new term, if it stops the abuse of "exigent circumstances, and makes cops think twice I am all for the bill.
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3/07/2012 2:33pm, #34
3/07/2012 2:36pm, #35
3/07/2012 4:38pm, #36
Thus, the omission was intentional, but now clarified.
My reading is that Supremes are saying, "hey, lawmakers, you wrote this law which says you can't hurt a cop, and it doesn't jive with this other law you wrote about Castle Doctrine. But, it doesn't matter in this case because Castle Doctrine didn't apply."
3/07/2012 7:54pm, #37
3/12/2012 9:56pm, #38
Police using no-knocks seems to be becoming SOP. And a lot of people are getting hurt because of it - both officers and civilians.
BOOM! door gets kicked in middle of the night. 2 cops get shot, and I either get killed or go to prison for the rest of my life. Because I thought I was being the victim of a home invasion. The obvious argument is that if I wasn't doing anything illegal I would have nothing to worry about.
The problem with that argument is the propensity for corner cutting along police officers leading to a LOT of wrong addresses, etc.
Personally I think we need to spend a little more time with the ole Bill of Rights. The militarization of law enforcement has me a bit jumpy.
3/12/2012 10:56pm, #39
If people have an issue with the practice of no-knocks, it's the judges approving them without enough oversight that they should be looking at.
I'm sort of middle of the road on the "no-knock". I agree that far too many agencies look at them as SOP instead of an "option" for specific needs.
We (my unit) like to set-up surveillance and wait for the subject to leave the house, we get the person stopped on a vehicle stop...which is easy because we have a warrant to search the person as well. We then take the person back to the house and execute the search. Other times we have a uniformed officer knock on the door because a bunch of "street" looking undercovers knocking on the door may not go over well. There are some local agencies who don't like working with us at times because we don't "always hit" on every warrant. I don't think that dope is worth getting killed over.
But there are sometimes where the no knock is necessary. Yes it has to do with drug cases. I know the "war on drugs" is a matter of debate around here but we are still tasked with arresting drug dealers (which my unit focuses on vs "users" 90% of the time). Some evidence is easier to dispose of than others. 40 lbs of marijuana? Not so much. But ounces of coke or meth? That gets flushed fast. But we are WELL aware of what house we are hitting and who will be in that house before we hit it.
IMO..and I hope I'm not hexing myself...most of the wrong address stories I see are rooted in sloppy investigation vs sloppy execution.
3/12/2012 11:26pm, #40
Just typing now.
Something that comes to mind regarding the core of this thread...from my perspective at least... is that the popular conversational points on this issue tend to focus on no-knock raids, SWAT hitting granny's house, etc.
Those, of course are the "headline" issues that we all read on the interwebs and yup...many are flat out ****-up's and the issue needs addressing. But on a day-in day-out basis what goes on is more like the case that has been discussed up-thread:
You get dispatched to a "violent domestic" where a woman, whispering into the phone, tells the dispatcher to "send help". When you arrive on scene a male answers the door as asks you "what the **** do you want??...get off of my property!!!!
When you try to speak with the wife he only yells back into the house "do you need the police??" and all you hear is her voice saying "No..Im fine..." The husband tells you to beat it and starts to close the door.
What do you do? This is not a crafted scenario...I and probably every LEO on this board has faced this sort of situation. Do you leave and possibly let the woman get hurt or at worst killed than face accusations of "not doing your job when a woman cried for help?" Do you take hours trying to get a warrant? A warrant for what? Does anybody here know the process and time required to get a warrant? Or do you push your way in without a warrant due to exigent circumstances? Or maybe try and arrest the husband for obstructing an investigation and use that as the reason for entering the house? Tick tock...decision time.
That's the sort of stuff we get day in and out and that's the sort of stuff rulings and laws like this are going to impact far more often than the...while very important...rarer instances of the wrong address no-knock.