Friday, May 17, 2013
Shocking Video Of Police Forcing Themselves Into Couple's Home Without A Warrant
This video has gone viral on YouTube showing Cotati California police officers breaking and entering the home of a couple after they received a call that the couple were arguing loudly inside. Both presented themselves at the door and said there was no problem, but the police ordered them out of the home at gunpoint. When they refused their request, police forced open the door and, as you can see from the video, use a taser on the woman. The Fourth Amendment protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures. Police are allowed to enter a home without a warrant only if exigent circumstances exist, such as to apprehend a fleeing suspect, to render emergency aid to someone inside the home, or to prevent the destruction of evidence of a crime. Reports of a couple yelling, which probably happens from time to time in most households, is not suggestive that domestic violence was taking place in the home. The couple appeared to show no threat of harming the officers so it is unclear why they felt justified in using a taser. You can bet that a lawsuit will be filed against these police officers and the city of Cotati, California.