Monday, May 16, 2011

Now those cops in Indiana have a convient excuse for kicking in your door.

In ruling handed down today by the US Supreme Court, the Court ruled 8-1 that if a cop thinks he smells week, and knocks on your door and thinks he hears sounds that could be consistent with you destroying evidence, he can then kick in your door:

In an 8-1 ruling, the Supreme Court today ruled that Kentucky police were okay to kick in the door of an apartment that smelled of pot and was suspected of harboring a drug suspect.

The police did not have a warrant to enter the apartment, and it turns out the suspect who they were chasing was not in the apartment. But once inside the police found marijuana and cocaine in plain view and arrested one of the inhabitants.

The Kentucky Supreme Court held that the search was illegal.  But the Supremes reversed, holding that the police could enter the apartment without a warrant, because after they knocked on the door and announced their presence they heard  noises inside that sounded as if  drug-related evidence was about to be destroyed.

Just another logical extention of police powers in the War On (Some) Drugs.  Logical, that is, if you live in a police state.

Once again, I believe this is the third time I've asked this recently, you wonder how people can be hostile and distrustful of the police? 

This case is nothing more than allowing something that has long been in practice.  I figure it only went this far because you had enough members of the Kentucky Supreme Court willing, for whatever reason, to call it what it was. 

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