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Guest
03-12-2013, 01:35 PM
http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/dallas/Garland-Police-conducted-illegal-search-family-says-video-shows-197247791.html

GARLAND The two-story home at the end of the cul-de-sac is days away from going on the market.
"I don't feel safe here at all," said Jon Locke, who owns the house.


He isn't concerned about criminals, but instead is worried about Garland police after reviewing the images his surveillance cameras recently recorded.


"We lost that trust in GPD. It's time for us to go," Locke added.


Garland police had an arrest warrant for Locke's brother, who does not live at the address. Still, two officers showed up looking for him when the family wasn't home, according to surveillance video reviewed by News 8.


The images show one officer open Locke's truck and then dig through a bag of papers outside.


A second officer is seen at the back of the house peering through several large windows. When the policeman sees a surveillance camera watching him, the officer walks up to it and twists it off its mount, leaving it aimed at a brick wall.
"After looking through the windows and displacing my camera, [the officer] did open the [back] door here which was unlocked at the time and opened it up two to three feet, stuck his head in, and then closed the door," Locke said.


Garland police told News 8 that Internal Affairs is still investigating what happened at Locke's home, and the department cannot yet comment officially. But Bill Wirskye, an outside attorney who has seen the surveillance video, said it appears officers went too far without having either a search warrant or the homeowner's permission.


"The law gives them a little bit of leeway if they have reasonable suspicion to think a fugitive is in the house, but here clearly that didn't exist," Wirskye said. "They had plenty of signs that no one was there and they just took it too far."
Garland police suggested to Locke that officers were within their rights to do what they did. Police said the officer moved the camera to stay safe in case the suspect was watching him from inside

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Yes, cops are great guys and it is I who is the bad guy. ::double eyeroll and a snap::

st james
03-13-2013, 06:28 PM
LEO's are all liars and thieves. That feller is lucky they didn't steal from him. They would have justified that as well.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=nnyip6ZSFys


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Y3RSAtxvreQ

Guest
03-13-2013, 07:16 PM
Yes, damn shame.

Network
03-13-2013, 07:23 PM
Too bad its the new norm. "The 4th amendment isn't what is used to be, he really said that!"

Mainecoons
03-13-2013, 07:29 PM
I think the cops are just being absorbed into the growing Nazification of America's governments.

Fearandloathing
03-13-2013, 07:34 PM
Garland police suggested to Locke that officers were within their rights to do what they did. Police said the officer moved the camera to stay safe in case the suspect was watching him from inside

Oh, that's rich.

Right up there with yelling repeatedly "Stop resisting" while the 'suspect' is borderline comotose

Gemini
03-13-2013, 07:41 PM
And this happened in texas? Egads..... Ideally, they could sue them for big punitive damages and then perhaps the local PD might pull its head out of its ass. Not the case anymore.

Things like this are not winning hearts and minds.

Guest
03-13-2013, 07:43 PM
This is a provision of the Patriot Act's "Sneak and Peek". The ACLU got a report on how often it had been used, and found that in the last two years LEO's used it as much if not more than the Feds when it was sold as a means to protect us from foreign terrorists.

Thanks Bush administration!

Gemini
03-13-2013, 07:47 PM
This is a provision of the Patriot Act's "Sneak and Peek". The ACLU got a report on how often it had been used, and found that in the last two years LEO's used it as much if not more than the Feds when it was sold as a means to protect us from foreign terrorists.

Thanks Bush administration!

There will be zero gratitude from this person for that legislative monster that spawned from the nethers of the white house. Yes another nail in their future coffin, the democrats being the fetish of obamacare.

Sir Effington hath struck truly.

Maximatic
03-13-2013, 08:05 PM
These articles are coming out right and left, aren't they?