“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, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Not anymore. The people have lost the right to be secure in their houses.
Apparently, the consensus of the Supreme Court, expressed by Justice Alito, is that citizens are not required to grant police permission to enter but if police hear movement that suggests evidence is being destroyed they are within the law to break the door down. I am curious what destroying evidence sounds like. Does it sound like gathering trash for disposal, does it sound like flushing the toilet, does it sound like running the trash compactor??? If it sounds like any of those common functions of the every day household, we are all in deep trouble.
The 4th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1791. Obtaining a search warrant is not a new and untried process. I feel confident in believing it is a relatively seamless procedure. I fail to see the need for immediacy that caused the Court to annihilate the rights of the law-abiding majority. I know the police are our friends, they are in place to protect us, which is why a couple of them are being investigated in the case of the murdered prostitutes on Long Island.
There was no mention of this travesty of justice on the evening news last night. In fact, spring allergies, as they affect Jake the dog, were more newsworthy than the vanishing rights of “We the People”. This monumental change to our rights should have led the news because it affects each and every one of us.
Please do not dose your dog with human allergy medications; take your pet to the vet.