Cop Kills Resident for not Consenting to Home Search Without Warrant

Under ordinary circumstances, this would be considered a home break-in, assault and battery, and murder. It would be an open-and-shut case. There were plenty of eyewitnesses and evidence to convict the criminal. He’d be behind bars now, and hopefully would remain there for a long time. But there’s just one factor that changes everything. The man breaking and entering, assaulting and battering, and killing an innocent and unarmed man, was a cop. That means that it will be very difficult to Read more […]

The Absurd “Dog-Authorized” Civil Forfeiture Case Reversed by Honest Judge

Civil forfeiture laws look a whole lot like legalized highway robbery. Because that’s basically what they are. And because of the fact that they constitute basically free money for federal and state governments, it’s highly unlikely for civil forfeitures to be overturned in court. But occasionally it happens. Take the recent, mind-numbing case of Straughn Gorman and his RV full of cash. Mr. Gorman was driving near Elko, Nevada when a state trooper, Greg Monroe, pulled him over for driving Read more […]

Chris Christie Thinks the 4th Amendment is “Ridiculous”?

During the sound bite contest presidential debate, Chris Christie was asked about Rand Paul’s position on the NSA’s surveillance programs. “Do you really believe you can assign blame to Senator Paul just for opposing the people’s bulk collection of phone records in the event of a terrorist attack?” moderator Megyn Kelly asked. Christie had commented just last month that Senator Paul “should be in front of hearings in front of Congress if there’s another attack.” Oh, brother. Read more […]

Are You Required to Answer Questions in a DUI Checkpoint?

According to Florida attorney Warren Redlich, you’re not required to even roll down your window, let alone speak to the police in a DUI checkpoint. (In Florida anyway.) When he rolls through one of those checkpoints, he puts up a piece of paper to the window that reads:  “I remain silent. No searches. I want my lawyer.” Below those emboldened words, he also lays out these stipulations: Please put any tickets under windshield wiper. I am not required to sign – §318.14(2). I am not required Read more […]

Wisconsin Police Chief Wants Residents to Voluntarily Have Their Homes Searched for Guns

In an effort to “raise awareness” of “gun violence,” the police chief in Beloit, Wisconsin is asking residents to voluntarily subject their homes to police searches in order to locate guns. How does this exactly “raise awareness?” I have no idea, but the police chief seems to think it’s a good idea. I think it’s just an excuse to search people’s homes. Maybe it’s a training exercise. The Blaze reported: Police in Beloit, Wisconsin, want residents to volunteer to let officers Read more […]

Video: Cop Slaps Man for Refusing to Consent to Car Search

Consent to car search or suffer abuse! They say we have a 4th Amendment right to be safe from unreasonable searches and seizures, unless there’s probable cause and a warrant, or if we consent. Yet, if you don’t consent, that must mean you’re guilty of hiding something. And if you ask that the officer first obtain a warrant based on probable cause, that must also mean you’re hiding something. Obviously, we don’t really have those rights, because cops violate them routinely with impunity. Read more […]

FBI Lobbying for a Backdoor into Your Devices

Recently, Apple and Google both made policy and software changes to make it more difficult for spies, government agencies, and identity thieves to get information off of your devices. Well, the FBI director, James Comey, is lobbying Congress to force technology companies to make device exceptions for law enforcement—a little backdoor just for them. Comey urged Congress to update CALEA [ the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act] to “create a level playing field” so new tech companies Read more […]

Proposed Town Ordinance: No Warrant for Police to Enter Home to Bust Underage Drinkers

All they have to do is claim they have probable cause and no warrant is needed. They wouldn’t have to go through the trouble of obtaining a judge’s agreement. I don’t know what the big deal is here with police wanting so badly to circumvent the 4th Amendment. If they truly have probable cause that a crime is being committed or has already been committed, what’s wrong with taking the next step in getting a warrant to authorize a search? Is underage drinking in the minors’ own home that Read more […]

Police Falsely Claim They Got 911 Call to Justify Entering Someone’s Home

I wonder how often this happens across the country. Police SWAT raids are happening more and more, where police break in people’s houses to serve a search warrant that’s often based on an anonymous tip. Sometimes the police find incriminating evidence; but most of the time, the evidence is little or nothing. In this case, police in Durham, North Carolina are being accused of falsely claiming that they received a 911 phone call from a particular house so that they could enter the house. According Read more […]

Supreme Court Rules that Warrantless Police Cellphone Searches are Illegal

It seems kind of silly that we need a Supreme Court ruling to tell us that something’s illegal that’s already illegal. Any kind of warrantless search or seizure is illegal. It’s a violation of the 4th Amendment. If police want to search your car, they’d better have a search warrant, which presupposes probable cause. If they want to search you, your house, or your cellphone, the same rule applies. It’s really quite simple. But the reason there’s a fight about what kinds of searches Read more […]

Cop Sues Police Department Over Unlawful Ticket Quotas

Next time a cop pulls you over for no apparent reason and asks you if you know why he pulled you over, maybe you should respond, “Because you’re trying to meet your quota?” Actually, don’t say that. They might get mad and arrest you for “assaulting a police officer” or “resisting arrest.” Quotas vary per police department. Of course, they don’t call them quotas. They don’t call them anything. That’s why no police department will acknowledge their existence. They’re sort Read more […]

How to Meet Quotas: Florida Police Consider All Residents “Suspicious”

Since police can now consider everything we do “suspicious,” they can pull over, detain, or arrest anyone for anything. It used to be that the 4th Amendment protected against all unreasonable searches and seizures, but they’ve been steadily redefining “unreasonable” for the past several decades. Bottom line:  if a cop does anything at all to you, then by definition, it was not unreasonable. Of course, this isn’t just an aggressive crime deterrent. It’s not public safety that they’re Read more […]