Fat cop, would you want this guy storming your home?In another move to further squash our freedom, the supreme court today effectively ruled that police may now enter a home to serve a search warrant without even knocking.

"The knock-and-announce rule is dead in the United States. There are going to be a lot more doors knocked down. There are going to be a lot more people terrified and humiliated."
-David Moran, law professor

Now in the old days, if police with a search warrant–read that again, not probable cause, not an arrest warrant, a search warrant–just busted down your door and started searching your house you could sue the pants off them.

Earlier Thursday, though, the court ruled in Hudson v. Michigan that the failure of police to knock on a man's door does not nullify the evidence they collected.

Now to really understand just how terrifying this ruling is, first think of what exactly a search warrant is. A search warrant is given to police when they can give a judge decent evidence that a person might be doing something wrong. So the judge says, "yeah, that's a little fishy, go check it out." They're allowed to come in, be courteous, and search your house for exactly what is named in the warrant. If the warrant says you might be an arms dealer and they find a little bit of weed, that's not permissible as evidence in a court of law, because they're there to look for guns.

Police with a search warrant are not there to necessarily arrest anyone, they are not there because a suspect is thought to be violent, they are not there to put a stop to any ruckus. They are there to confirm or deny a suspicion. Suspicions, nothing more, are not the stuff to authorize the unannounced entry of police into a private residence.

What worries me, maybe more than the implications of the ruling, is that this was not high on the list of AP stories. This event is yet another degradation of our rights, expansion of government power and authority, another step towards a police state that no one seemed to even notice.

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