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Legally Speaking: Police are at the Door

Attorney Scott Kimberly analyzes what the law says when the boys in blue show up at your door.

 

You’re on your couch watching television when you hear a knock at the door. You’re not expecting anyone. You didn’t order any takeout. Your girlfriend is out of town. As you approach the front door, still wondering who is there, a male voice booms out: “Good evening, it’s the police. We’d like to talk. Would you mind opening the door?”

The scenario above elicits a host of questions. Do I have to answer the door? Do I have to speak to the police? Do I have to let the police in my home? Will the mountain of cocaine on the coffee table be a problem?

This article addresses a situation in which the police arrive at your home, knock on the front door, and ask to speak with you, an investigative technique known as a “knock and talk.” A knock and talk has two primary benchmarks: the interaction must be voluntary and consensual. If a knock and talk becomes involuntary or nonconsensual, it is no longer a knock and talk. Instead, it is some other situation, which undoubtedly creates a host of other constitutional concerns.

Let’s be clear about the scope of this article. First, this article is not about the police arriving at your home with a search warrant. Houston-based criminal defense attorney Grant Scheiner has an excellent article addressing what to do when the police show up at your house with a search warrant.i In short, if the police have a search warrant, they have a right to enter your home and search the places described in the warrant.

Second, this article is not about the police arriving at your front door and demanding to be let inside. If the police demand that you act in a certain manner, your response is neither voluntary nor consensual; therefore, the resulting exchange is not a knock and talk.

Let’s take a look at the law surrounding the knock and talk procedure and your options in such a situation.

What the Law Provides

The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause.”ii In general, police must obtain a search warrant before conducting a search of a home or residence. However, federal law does not require police to obtain a search warrant to conduct a knock and talk.

To conduct a knock and talk, police arrive at a home, knock on the door, and ask questions in an effort to gain consent to search the premises. Federal courts have upheld the knock and talk technique as a constitutional method of investigation. One of the most frequently cited excerpts on the constitutionality of the police approaching your front door comes from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals:

[T]here is no rule of private or public conduct which makes it illegal per se, or a condemned invasion of the person’s right of privacy, for anyone openly and peaceably, at high noon, to walk up the steps and knock on the front door of any man’s “castle” with the honest intent of asking questions of the occupant thereof — whether the questioner be a pollster, a salesman, or an officer of the law.iii

However, federal courts have also emphasized that a knock and talk must be conducted within narrow parameters. Some courts, while upholding the knock and talk technique as constitutional, express outright disdain for the procedure. Consider this scathing review of the knock and talk technique from Circuit Judge Terence T. Evans:

The police had no warrant when they went to apartment 7. They were taking a shortcut in the hope that something good (from a drug-busting perspective) would turn up. A little more work would have given the police the probable cause they needed to secure a warrant, but they didn’t want to take the time to do something more. They wanted to go to apartment 7 and see what, if anything, was up… As I see it, the seeds of this bad search were sown when the police decided to use the “knock and talk” technique. And that process—which sounds more like a friendly visit to sell tickets to a police picnic than a perilous visit to a suspected drug hive—is fraught with danger, not to mention constitutional problems.iv

In short, courts have deemed the knock and talk procedure constitutional. However, just because police can come to your home and ask to speak with you doesn’t mean you have to invite them inside.

Can You Say No to the Police?

Let’s make something clear: if the police ask to come inside your home or ask to search your home without a valid search warrant, you can say no. Period.

There are several misconceptions about what must be done when the police ask to search your home or ask to search your vehicle. Often, this is because police request permission in a manner that isn’t technically improper, but that implies an improper threat. Consider the following:

POLICE: Can we search your home?

RESIDENT: No, I don’t think so.

POLICE: Well do you want to go to jail tonight?

Notice the stark difference between what the officer actually says and what the resident hears. The officer asks to search the home. After being told no, he asks if the resident wants to go to jail. However, the resident hears that if he does not consent to a search of his home then he will go to jail.

There are several other situations in which the police will say things like “you know this won’t look good for you” or “we will take your cooperation into consideration”. These situations almost always involve the police either explicitly or implicitly making improper threats, e.g., we will arrest you for no reason other than that you won’t let us do what we want, or impossible promises, e.g., we will talk to the prosecutor and make sure you aren’t charged for the eight pounds of marijuana in your closet.

POLICE: Can we search your home?

RESIDENT: No, I don’t think so.

POLICE: You know if you don’t let us search your home then we are just going to go get a warrant. If you let us search your home right now, it will be much easier for you.

What the officer means here is that it would be much easier for him if the resident simply consents to a search. Remember the words of Judge Evans, above: “A little more work would have given the police the probable cause they needed to secure a warrant, but they didn’t want to take the time to do something more.”v The police know that there are certain constitutional requirements that must be met in order to conduct a search. However, they also know that consent eliminates these requirements. Quite frankly, the police are seeking your consent to avoid doing their job. Don’t help them.

The short of it? You can say no if the police ask you for something. In any situation where the police make you feel that they have you pinned down, make the police play their hand. If it is easy to get a warrant or secure a drug dog, then the police won’t mind doing so.

What You Can Do With Police at the Door

You have several options if the police arrive at your door and ask to come inside. You can invite the police into your home, you can decline to come to the door, and you can do practically anything and everything in between. Let’s take a look at your most likely options when the police come to the door.

Invite the Police Into Your Home

Most law-abiding citizens, when faced with a request from the police to search their home, vehicle, or person, think to themselves: Why not? I’ve got nothing to hide. Your inner ideal citizen beams with pride; however, your criminal defense lawyer cries out in anguish.

Quite simply, you should never consent to a police search of your home. Ever. There is nothing to gain. The status quo with police at your door is that neither you nor anyone else in the home will be arrested. If you allow police inside your home, the best-case scenario is that they find nothing and, just as before, neither you nor anyone else in the home will be arrested.

Consider the following:

Police arrive at John’s home and ask to come inside and talk. John politely declines. No one gets arrested.

Police arrive at John’s home and ask to come inside and talk. John invites the officers inside. Once inside, the police ask to search the premises, which John allows. Police search the living room area and various bedrooms, but find no evidence of illegal activity. The officers thank John for his time and return to their police cruiser. John resumes his pre-visit activities. No one gets arrested.

Say it with me: there is nothing to gain.

On the other hand, there is everything to lose by consenting to a police search. As Scott Morgan, Associate Director of Flex Your Rights, thoroughly explains, a number of things can go awry when you invite the police into your home.vi If you allow police inside your home, the worse-case scenario is that they find evidence of a crime and that either you or someone else in your home will be arrested. Consider the following:

Police arrive at John’s home and ask to come inside and talk. John invites the officers inside. While inside, one officer catches an aroma of smoke and asks John for permission to search the premises. John obliges. Upstairs, in John’s son’s room, police open a lockbox and find an ounce of marijuana, rolling papers, and a digital scale. John’s son is arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana with the intent to sell. John uses his son’s college fund, which may no longer be necessary, to pay for a high-priced criminal defense lawyer.

Police arrive at John’s home and ask to come inside and talk. John invites the officers inside. Much to John’s chagrin, one officer sees a marijuana cigarette under the couch, which had been dropped there by John’s gardener, Jimmy McPot. Jimmy had taken a break from work last week to burn one down and watch some daytime television. John tells the officers that the marijuana isn’t his, but this is something that the officers hear every single day. Nice try, John.

Don’t do it. Don’t ever, ever, ever consent to a police search. There is nothing to gain. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, nothing may come of it, but the one time that a police search goes wrong could stay with you for the rest of your life.

Step Outside to Speak with the Police

If you are comfortable speaking to police, but nonetheless want to protect the privacy of your home, you can always step outside and speak with police. Whatever is outside your door, be it a stoop, a porch, or a hallway, is certainly less invasive than your own living room.

If you do step outside to speak with police, remember to close the door. Under the Plain View Doctrine, police may seize property if three conditions are met: (1) the item is in plain view of the officer; (2) the officer is lawfully present in the place where he discovered the evidence; and (3) the incriminating nature of the evidence is immediately apparent. As we discussed above, it is lawful for police to stand at your front door; therefore, police can seize any incriminating property that they observe from that position. Consider the following:

Police arrive at John’s home and ask to come inside and talk. John steps outside to speak with the police, but leaves his front door open. While speaking with John, one of the officers notices a marijuana plant sitting on the floor of an open closet inside the home. Police arrest John for possession of marijuana and subsequently search the home, which yields three additional marijuana plants and an extensive collection of Cyndi Lauper records. On the way to the police department, one of the officers quips that they would have had nothing if John had just closed his front door.

Compare the following two cases. In United States v. Peters,vii the Defendant opened his hotel room door to speak with police, but did not close the door behind him. Police looked past the Defendant and spotted a clear plastic bag with what appeared to be drugs, a razor blade, and a scale. Police immediately arrested the Defendant. The Peters Court held that the evidence was properly obtained.viii In United States v. Washington,ix the Defendant opened his hotel room door to speak with police, but closed the door behind him. Later, a second occupant exited the room and the police ordered that the door remain open. The Washington Court held that police violated the Defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights when they gained visual access to his room by refusing to let the second occupant close its door.x

What can you learn from these cases? If you go outside to speak with police, close the door behind you!

Speak to the Police Through the Door

If you are comfortable speaking with the police, but you do not want to open your front door, you are free to speak with the police through the door. You can ask for officer names, ask for identification, provide your own information, or even have a full conversation through the front door. You may feel silly, or your may even feel like a kook, but the police will remain outside your door and your constitutional rights will remain intact. Another hypothetical:

Police arrive at John’s home and ask to come inside and talk. John walks to the front door, observes the police outside, and responds through the door loud enough for the police to hear. The police inform John that they are conducting a community involvement canvas. John answers a few questions, thanks the police, and sends them on their way. No one gets arrested.

If you speak with the police through the door and still do not want the police to enter your home, just say no! It’s that simple. You are well within your rights to inform police that you do not wish to speak to them at that time. Remember, knock and talks only work if they are voluntary and consensual. Once you inform the police that you do not wish to speak to them, the knock and talk is over.

Do Not Answer the Door for the Police

If the police knock on your door and ask to speak with you, but you do not want to speak to them, you are not required to answer the door. There are a number of reasons not to speak with the police. First and foremost on that list is the simple reason that you don’t have to. A common misconception in society is that citizens must speak with the police upon request. False. Untrue. Blasphemous in certain circles. You do not have to speak with the police. Spare yourself the headache— don’t.

Police arrive at John’s home. John is watching Breaking Bad. Police knock on the door. John continues watching Breaking Bad. Police peer inside the window and say they just want to talk. John opens a beer and keeps watching Breaking Bad. Police promise that they don’t want to cause any trouble and are really just out to protect innocent women and children. John makes some nachos and returns to watch Breaking Bad. No one gets arrested.

It is important to emphasize once more that you must allow police to enter the home if they have a valid search warrant. The scenario above only encompasses instances in which the police ask you to voluntarily open the door and engage in a consensual conversation.

Conclusion

If the police knock on your door and ask to speak with you, there are a number of ways you can respond. You can invite them inside, you can refuse to answer the door, and you can do just about anything and everything in between.

As is the case with several legal questions, the law varies from state to state. If you are concerned about your rights and obligations in a knock and talk, talk to a local criminal defense attorney. Additionally, state-specific law blogs may have already addressed this issue. For example, Tennessee-based attorney Joe Brandon recently published a blog post that squarely addresses whether the police can come to a house without a warrant and ask questions in the State of Tennessee.xi

In the view of this author, unless the police have a valid search warrant, there is no reason to invite the police into your home and even fewer reasons to consent to a search of your home. State your respect for those who serve and protect, but politely decline to speak. You may feel rude, but you may very well spare yourself from a legal quagmire.

NOTICE: This article is written for informative purposes only. This article is not legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship between the author and any reader. Readers are cautioned against relying on the information contained in this article for legal purposes. Always consult with an attorney before taking any legal action as case law and statutes frequently change.

Footnotes

i Grant Matthew Scheiner, What to do when the police show up at your house with a search warrant, Avvo Legal Guides (Nov. 17, 2013, 8:35 p.m.), http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/what-to-do-when-the-police-show-up-at-your-house-with-a-search-warrant.

ii U.S. Const. amend. IV.

iii Davis v. United States, 327 F.2d 301 (9th Cir. 1964).

iv United States v. Johnson, 170 F.3d 708 (7th Cir. 1999) (Evans, J. concurring).

v Id. at 721.

vi Scott Morgan, 5 Reasons You Should Never Agree to a Police Search (Even if You Have Nothing to Hide), Huffington Post (Nov. 17, 2013, 8:40 p.m.), http://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-morgan/5-reasons-you-should-neve_b_1292554.html.

vii United States v. Peters, 912 F.2d 208 (8th Cir. 1990).

viii Id. at 212.

ix United States v. Washington, 387 F.3d 1060 (9th Cir. 2004).

x Id. at 1077.

xi Joe M. Brandon, Jr., Can the Police come to my house without a warrant and ask me questions?, Murfreesboro Law Blog (Nov. 17, 2013, 8:45 p.m.), http://joebrandonlaw.com/2013/09/23/knock-and-talk/.

About

Scott Kimberly is an Associate Attorney with the Law Office of Joe M. Brandon, Jr. in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. His practice currently focuses on criminal defense, family law, and personal injury. Outside of his law practice, Scott enjoys golf, movies, politics, and his beloved LSU Tigers. You can read more about Scott at www.joebrandonlaw.com.

 
  • Gardner

    This makes me want to have police come knock on my door… just so I can ignore them.

    • Scott Kimberly

      Agreed. If I had a nickel for every person who told me “you can’t just ignore the police.” *facepalm* Yes. You. Can.

  • Jay

    As a criminal justice minor in Las Vegas I threw my fair share of parties knowing exactly what could and couldn’t happen. Couldn’t tell you the amount of times cops came to the door and people scrambled only to have me tell them we have NO reason to answer whatsoever. After about 5 minutes of knocking they always left and we resumed our evening. Good times….

    • Scott Kimberly

      Thanks for sharing. I wish everyone was that law-savvy. Hope you enjoyed the piece.

    • The Other Guy

      Legal, sure, but still a dick move to your neighbors. They cops didn’t just show up on their own, someone called them ’cause their kids couldn’t get to sleep with a party going next door. Good times indeed bro.

      • Jake

        I would advise against this practice. “Minoring” in criminal justive versus those who practice it on a daily basis in their career (be that lawyers, police officers, etc.) is truly a gamble (no pun intended; Vegas). Had you done that where I live, you would have awoken the following day with $1,000 tickets for everyone on the lease, whether they were home or not, for disturbing the peace. The suits at the City’s financial office would then pursue getting their money from each of you by garnishing your wages, issuing warrants for your arrests, etc.
        Remember, no matter how smart you think you are, there’s always someone smarter (or wiser).

  • Tom

    You keep mentioning marijuana. Not that I need the advice personally, but this could come up in bar conversation. What if the police say they smelled marijuana? Is that the same as them “seeing” something and they are allowed to demand you let them in instead of asking?

    • Scott Kimberly

      Tom, that is a great question. And a complicated one. There are a few points to (briefly) address. The short answer is yes, they can probably demand to be let in the home, or even force entry if need be, if they smell marijuana from outside. Remember, from the article above, police can legally stand at your stoop.

      The Supreme Court recently addressed the odor of marijuana outside of a residence and whether police may search that location. The Court basically said that, if police know that drugs are present and have reason to believe that the drugs may be destroyed, then police can search the home without a warrant under the “exigent circumstances” exception to the warrant requirement. There are volumes of legalese involved, so I would suggest that, if you’re interested, check out SCOTUSBlog coverage of the case to learn more (http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/kentucky-v-king/). I don’t want to bog down this board.

      Also, consider that state constitutional requirements inevitably vary by state. The U.S. Constitution creates a minimum protection that all states must afford. Think of it as a floor. State law, however, can create heightened protection if they wish to do so, which simply raises that floor of protection. Therefore, always do your due diligence and check state law. Most of the time, state protections are going to mirror federal protections, but some states, and their respective supreme courts, have certain issues that they are very touchy about.

      Lastly, “Not that I need the advice personally…” Uh huh. http://bit.ly/btiWhg.

      • Tom

        That last line and James Franco had me seriously cracking up! Thanks for the response.

  • TJ

    Interesting article, thanks Scott. It’s good to know this kind of stuff before hand because in the heat of the moment with the cops at your door, it’s kind of hard to think if you don’t know what to do.
    We had similiar rules when I was an RA. I could only bust them for things in plain sight and I had to ask when I came in their room, other than to do health and safeties during each break, which I gave them plenty of warning about. Didn’t like to bust people, but some were just stupid enough to get caught.

  • Steven

    How does this apply if you are having a party and police knock on your door for a noise violation? Will they introduce themselves in a different way?

    • BYC

      Exactly what I was wondering after reading Jay’s Las Vegas comment

    • Scott Kimberly

      As is the case more times than not, it varies by jurisdiction and by the facts of the case. Some courts have held that the caretaker function of the police, i.e., maintaining peace in the community, justifies police knocking on a door and speaking with the resident upon a noise complaint. Others have held that, as long as the noise complaint is resolved at the time that the police arrive, then police have no reason to enter the home.

      In general, I would say what is in the article above— make the police do their job, i.e., if they want to search or gain entry to your home, make them get a warrant. The general rule is that police require a warrant to search a home. There are several exceptions, but police know they need a warrant without an exception. If the police truly believe that a noise complaint has broken the law and that they need to investigate, they can get that warrant.

      As always, please don’t act on this advice. It is for informational purposes only. Legal advice varies wildly depending upon whether your jurisdiction has a noise complaint civil violation or criminal offense and also depending upon the case law of your jurisdiction. I’m just answering generally.

  • Adam

    Great article. Here’s a question that comes up often in my life (Though not as often anymore). What if you are throwing a party and the police officer is called to your home for a noise violation. Do the same rules apply?

    • Scott Kimberly

      See above. It varies by jurisdiction. The short of it is as long as the noise complaint is resolved, it shouldn’t be an issue.

      The bottom line is that if police ask you to open the door and you are not comfortable doing so, then don’t. If police *demand* that you open the door, the resulting search is forcible and you need to comply. However, in the end, if that search is deemed illegal, then anything they find will be thrown out of court.

      As always, this information is for informational purposes only. If you actually have a situation needing legal advice, consult an attorney.

  • austin

    Although, not covered in the article (a good one btw) it’s important to know that if you choose to answer the door and speak with the police. Take care to secure any pet you may have running loose. It’s becoming a common occurrence to have family pets seen as a threat to an officers safety and put down.

    • Scott Kimberly

      Excellent point. Family pets have been injured or killed far too many times as a result of miscommunication or mismanagement.

  • Billca

    Another point to remember is that if it is truly a “knock and talk”, but the officers start asking you personal questions about whether you have drugs, guns, children, how many people live there or “where you at or near the CVS drugs store yesterday?”, it is time to end the conversation. A simple, “We’re done now” and closing the door is all the reason you need to give them.

    The main problem, and I’d like to hear Mr. Kimberly’s take on this, is when they knock on the door, you do not really KNOW that they are there for a simple “knock and talk”. Cops are known to lie to suspects all the time — “We have a witness who fingered you for the crime” — so why not lie to get you to open the door?

    • Scott Kimberly

      Excellent points all around. The knock and talk procedure is always voluntary and consensual and you can revoke your consent at any time by simply ending the conversation.

      • Billca

        Am I right that a recent court decision held that you must tell police you are invoking your 5th Amendment rights and that simply not answering questions or saying “I don’t have to talk to you” isn’t enough?

  • S Brown

    This is a great article. I honestly had NO idea I could decline ANYTHING from the cops. My default inclination is to simply comply with everything in the hopes things go well, but that’s clearly not necessary or even advisable.

    One question: A few years ago there was a criminal suspect loose in my neighborhood and the cops were doing a house to house search. I knew it was legit because they swarmed by neighborhood/it was on local news, etc. I knew the bad guy wasn’t in my apartment (I checked), but let them in to take a look anyway. Two officers did a cursory glance in each room and left.

    Was I required by law to allow them in?

    • Scott Kimberly

      You aren’t required to let them in voluntarily. However, if the police determine to search the home under an exception to the search warrant requirement, you must submit to their authority.

      As stated above, the general rule is that police need a search warrant to search a home. However, there are several exceptions, one of which is when “exigent circumstances” necessitate a search. When there is a criminal on the loose in the neighborhood, courts have often held that to be an “exigent circumstance,” which means police no longer need a warrant to search where they believe the criminal might be located.

  • BYC

    Great article. A similar one for regular traffic stops would be great too.

    As a regular citizen with a few lawyer friends, i’ve always been told to simply be respectful and provide as little evidence as possible in any situation (even if you have nothing to hide as the article states). Don’t allow any searches, have short answers to questions, don’t consent to any tests, no matter how much they make implied threats as the article also states. In fact, you can even tell the officer “Officer I am feeling threatened” if you are or ask for a lawyer if you are unsure about your rights. Despite what alot of TV crime shows depict, all cases come down to hard evidence (what you say and do is also included here), and it is very difficult to convict somebody of a crime if there isn’t any.

    • Scott Kimberly

      Great points all around. Even when declining to consent to searches, always be polite and respectful. Police have a very difficult and stressful job. It’s one thing to stand up for your rights. It’s another thing to be a jackass about it. Choose the former.

      “Ask for a lawyer if you are unsure about your rights.” Right on.

  • Anthony G.

    I’ve had several confrontations with police at my age (19) that have all ended well (mainly noise complaints for parties, one was pretty serious but I won’t bore anyone with that). What I’ve learned (in my own personal experience) is that there is no reason to comply with police unless you are breaking a law right then and there. They are God on the scene so there is no reason to try and talk your way out of it if they’ve caught you red-handed. You want to present yourself as a generally law-abiding citizen who made a mistake. If you are as honest as you can be, without incriminating yourself, most of the time they will let you off the hook if it’s a minor thing mainly because there’s a butt load of paperwork that has to be done if they book you. For more serious offenses, you just have to bite the bullet, understand that you are going to be arrested and then fight it with the prosecutor. Like I said though, this is in my personal experience. Granted I am a white male so I couldn’t say whether this would apply to those who are black, hispanic, asian, etc.

    • Jake

      “What I’ve learned (in my own personal experience) is that there is no reason to comply with police unless you are breaking a law right then and there.”

      This right here is incredibly foolish (no offense). Are you certain in that moment that you aren’t breaking a law? There’s probably a lot of laws out there that you aren’t aware of-chances are, the cops with 18 years on the department know a few more than you do at age 19. As the author said-always be cooperative with the police. You’re allowed to decline permission when asked to search, decline to answer questions, etc., but must submit to the officer’s authority if told/ordered to do so.

      With regard to the laws-I always think about those news stories that come up every few months.. Somewhere in the midwest someone will find that there’s still an old law in the books that you “can’t eat hot dogs on Sundays,” or something silly. I’d hate to be the smug goon in front of the police officer who thinks he knows all about what he’s doing and the cop decides to book him on that charge.

      As always, if uncertain, don’t say anything and speak with an attorney first.

      • Anthony Gordon

        Comply was definitely not the right word for me to use there. The cops where I live are really lenient as long as what you’re doing isn’t hurting people physically or destroying property. I can’t seem to come up with a word for it, comply definitely isn’t it. Either way, I do comply with police, I just tend not to self-incriminate or be completely open to them doing whatever they want.

  • Anonymous

    I feel bad; my first impulse, as soon as I saw a footnote, was to scroll through to the bottom to check the Bluebooking.

  • Mike

    How often are Police just showing up to talk? And when they show up, what are they talking about? Is this a common random occurrence? If the police come for a noise concern, remember that they probably weren’t just driving by and heard a party, one of your neighbors called them. If you haven’t respect for police, you could at least respect your neighbor!

  • Stewie

    Here’s one. State of LA. Cops show up and start banging on front door. I inform my wife and granddaughter not to answer the door, there’s no law says you have to. We all sat still. Knocks turn to hard bangs along with “open up we know you’re in there”. Then they enter my gate intro my back yard and start banging hard on the back door repeating same. I hear the door knob turn and the door being pushed on. It was locked. They return to the front and actually open the dor and take a step inside and repeated themselves. My 12 yr old granddaughter walks out and says what are you doing ? They threatened her that they saw us through the window and she could go to jail for hiding and not answering. I came out and said what do you want? He asked me to step outside. He asked for my wife to serve a citation for her dog getting out the door for 5 minutes a few days prior and breaking the leash law. I told them she was not home and would return in an hour. After threatening me with if she wasn’t there the next day when he came back, he would come with a search and arrest warrant. My granddaughter had recently witnessed her mother being murdered and robbed and was terrified of police from the way they interrogated her and threatened her if she didn’t tell the truth. Do I have any cause for recourse? Thanks.

  • lilbear68

    well gee I didn’t hear about search warrants being issued when the pigs were searching houses after the boston bomber. what happened there? I can just picture a homeowner telling the boston pigs ‘no you cant come in’
    im pretty sure a general warrant cant be issued for 100′s of un specified houses and properties.

  • Kennith

    The problem I have with ignoring police as they think you aren’t home, and will come back later.

    So if the police arrive at 9am, 11am, 3pm, 6pm and 10pm, it would make the person nervous. And make the neighbors think he is some kind of Mr Big.

    Should people speak through the door the first time, and just say “no comment”?

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