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a police officer may only search people and places when the officer has probable cause or reasonable suspicion to suspect criminal activity.
"Probable cause" means that the officer must possess sufficiently trustworthy facts to believe that a crime has been committed. In some cases, an officer may need only a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity to conduct a limited search. Reasonable suspicion means that the officer has sufficient knowledge to believe that criminal activity is at hand. This level of knowledge is less than that of probable cause, so reasonable suspicion is usually used to justify a brief frisk in a public area or a traffic stop at roadside. To possess either probable cause or reasonable suspicion, an officer must be able to cite specific articulable facts to warrant the intrusion. Items related to suspected criminal activity found in a search may be taken, or seized, by the officer.
Originally posted by CALGARIAN
THIS IS WILD!!
CNN just said on the news, with a Boston cop: We're going to knock, if no answer we will then use a bullhorn and if no response then, we're going to enter forcefully.
WHAT if you're just not home... You're going to come back with a destroyed door-frame and house ransacked.
I've never heard tell of this sort of treatment of citizens since the 40's in Europe.
Originally posted by Golf66
There is nothing legal about barging into people's homes without probable cause (I doubt a criminal seen or suspected to be in the area meets that burden) especially if they have no reason to believe that the owner/occupants are not associated with the suspect in some way.
Originally posted by DarthMuerte
Why the hell would you let them in without a warrant? Whether I am doing something wrong or not, no LEO is coming into my home without a warrant. I don't care what the circumstances are.