Monday, July 21, 2014

Police fake 911 calls to gain illegal entry into private homes

(NaturalNews) A very dubious new police tactic has been revealed, in which an officer used phony information in order to gain "consent" to search private properties without first obtaining a warrant, as required by the Fourth Amendment.

Officers in Durham, North Carolina, have found out they can create a legal pretext for a search after lying about calls to 911 emergency services that never really took place. Apparently, the tactic is legal, if you can believe that, and fairly common, according to one officer's sworn statements.

As noted by WTVD:

A Durham police officer admitted under oath that he lied in order to gain entry to a home and to serve an outstanding warrant.

During a court hearing last May, court officials say he told a District Court judge that it was a common practice within Durham's police department.

He said he knocked on a resident's door, claiming police had received a 9-1-1 hang up call. But, it never happened.


Not department policy

According to the local news report, the tactic was being used often enough that the Durham police chief was forced to issue a department-wide memo immediately calling for it to cease:

It has recently been brought to my attention that some officers have informed citizens that there has been a 911 hang-up call from their residence in order to obtain consent to enter for the actual purpose of looking for wanted persons on outstanding warrants. Effective immediately no officer will inform a citizen that there has been any call to the emergency communications center, including a hang-up call, when there in fact has been no such call.

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