What is your take on no-knock search warrants?
Question by Tea Party: What is your take on no-knock search warrants?
Is this practice constitutional, and should it be allowed for common searches? I can understand hostage or other emergency situations, which is why these searches were first allowed. Police are now abusing the system just to look for some marijuana. I’ve talked to police friends about this, and also one who is a magistrate. Police claim that they need the element of surprise so those inside the house won’t have time to get rid of the evidence.
If the evidence is so small that they can flush it down the toilet in a matter of 3 minutes or so, is it worth breaking down the door and putting the police and the occupants in danger? Is it really worth people getting killed? Both police and occupants have been killed during these raids. And sometimes the occupants who were killed were innocent. These raids have gone wrong and police had the wrong house or got their information from informants who weren’t reliable. One case is the elderly lady in Atlanta who was killed in 2006. There’s many more examples, but I won’t elaborate.
Personally, I’m a law abiding citizen and have never had my house searched. I have nothing to hide. But if I’m awakened when my door is busted down at 3AM and a bunch of screaming idiots come rushing in, there’s no telling what I will do. What would you do if your door is busted in and there’s a gun nearby? Just because they are screaming “POLICE” doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what they really are.
I hope the judicial system wakes up and one day puts an end to this senseless practice. What’s your thoughts?
Answer by Sart Bimpson
It depends on what the person is wanted for. If the warrant is to arch a sex offender or something fine.
Drugs, no. Drugs should be legal anyway. The drug laws are unconstitutional so the police shouldnt enforce these laws.
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