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    Re: Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    it's not "no reason at all" - it is a bad intention and one i have no intention of allowing him to meet. and really, i couldn't care less. come into my house and threaten me without properly identifying yourself and all i can do is take you at your word and respond accordingly.
    In the situation you've descrbed in several of your posts here, I am confident that you would not be convicted -- though probably prosecuted. I could see myself saying, "Rather safe and sorry than dead." Judged by 12/carried by 6.
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    Re: Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    What's wrong with someone taking acop to court? A cop who violates the law like that can face getting booted out of the force - at least.
    Yes. I'm sure the possibility of someone getting fired will make this guy feel much better.

    A Cheshire, Conn., police captain today defended the department's response at the scene of a home invasion that ended with the torture, rape and killing of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and her two daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela,11, in 2007.

    Capt. Robert Vignola acknowledged that a half-hour passed between the time police first learned of the break-in, and the time they saw the two accused murderers, Steven Hayes, 47, and Joshua Komisarjevsky, 30, run out of the house, get into the Petit's car, and try to escape. It was only then that police noticed the house was on fire...

    Vignola's testimony came after jurors listened to a recording of a 911 call, made by the manager at the Bank of America branch in Cheshire, where Hawke-Petiti had gone to withdraw $15,000 in hopes of placating her assailants.

    "We have a lady who is in our bank right now who says that her husband and children are being held at their house," the manager told a 911 operator during the July 2007 incident. "The people are in a car outside the bank. She is getting $15,000 to bring out to them. [She says] that if the police are told that they will kill the children and the husband...

    Hawke-Petit may have believed her abductors would let her go, but they are accused of taking her home where she was sexually assaulted and killed. They also tied up and assaulted her husband, Dr. William Petit, a prominent Connecticut doctor.

    Hayes, is accused of sexually assaulting and strangling Hawke-Petit. Komisarjevsky, who is awaiting trial, is charged with sexually assaulting Michaela...

    On Wednesday, Dr. Petit, the sole survivor, sobbed as jurors in New Haven Superior Court saw graphic photos of his daughters' bodies. A juror also cried as the evidence was passed among jurors, The Associated Press reported...

    After describing a pleasant Sunday leading up to the killings, Dr. Petit testified Tuesday that he was beaten in his sleep and woke up around 3 a.m. face-to-face with Hayes and Komisarjevsky.

    "I remember I awoke in a daze thinking or feeling ow, ow, ow," he testified. "Something warm was running down the front of my face. ... I saw two people standing in front of the sofa. ...

    Petit said the men bound his wrists and ankles with rope and plastic ties, and covered his face, then took him down to the basement, where they tied him to a pole. He said he went in and out of consciousness. Upstairs were Hawke-Petit and the couple's two daughters.

    "I heard moaning and thumps. I may have yelled out, 'Hey!' Then he said he heard someone upstairs say, 'You are alright, don't worry it's going to be all over in a couple minutes.' It was a different tone, it was much more sinister," he testified..

    In court Wednesday, Hayes' public defender, Thomas Ullman, asked Cheshire police Capt. Robert Vignola why it took police 33 minutes from the 911 call to determine at least one person was in distress inside the house.

    Police said they followed standard hostage procedure by not going in until the suspects fled. But Vignola admitted that no attempt was made even to contact the family.

    "No phone call was made from any police officer to the home?" the defense asked him in court.

    "That's correct," he responded

    when the guy tried to get back in the house to rescue his wife and daughters - after it was on ****ing Fire the police tackled and tied HIM up. The police cannot protect you, and armed men can invade your house.

    He's a better man than I. I would not have responded rationally to that.

    but I'm sure he feels much better with the idea that maybe he can sue.


    this is why the 2nd Amendment is important.
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    Re: Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home

    the woman was an idiot going back with the kidnappers

    the father should be given a blowtorch a crowbar and "the pear of agony" and 2 hours with those mopes and a full pardoned after he gets done

    I don't believe in state sponsored execution all the much but I would have no problem with the father wreaking soul withering horrors on those two mopes

    but yeah the cops screwed up big time

    sadly the father cannot sue that incompetent bunch of stooges



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    Re: Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    In the situation you've descrbed in several of your posts here, I am confident that you would not be convicted
    i am confident I would never make it to trial. Cops respond badly to people shooting at them, and with good reason. That's why this is such an issue - the police are putting people in a lose-lose situation.

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    Re: Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Yes. I'm sure the possibility of someone getting fired will make this guy feel much better.




    when the guy tried to get back in the house to rescue his wife and daughters - after it was on ****ing Fire the police tackled and tied HIM up. The police cannot protect you, and armed men can invade your house.

    He's a better man than I. I would not have responded rationally to that.

    but I'm sure he feels much better with the idea that maybe he can sue.


    this is why the 2nd Amendment is important.
    So - in this situation everything led to court.

    Which is the appropriate and rightful thing to do *no matter what* because that's where bad people are convicted of the wrongs they have done - yes?

    I see nothing wrong with preferring to take things to court instead of risking getting your head blown off over a domestic scuffle.

    And if someone's posing as a cop then you have ever right to defend yourself because he's not *really* a cop. *shrug*
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    Re: Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    A police officer can enter any property - break down any door - if he has a reasonable suspicion that a crime is being committed. If a cop is chasing a suspect, and that suspect enters his home and closes the door, the copper does not have to get a search warrant to break it down. If a cop comes to the front door in response to a 911 call and hears screaming on the other side of the door, he does not have to get a search warrant. If a cop comes to the front door in response to a 911 call, someone answers it and refuses to let them in -- and they hear cries for help in the background, the copper does not have to get a warrant to enter a home. There are many exceptions.

    And this state supreme court ruling simply says you can't shoot a police officer (or whatever)for trespassing even if entry later proves to be illegal. You may be able to sue him and his jurisdiction, but ya' can't shoot 'im. This is just plain common sense. You don't argue with a copper in the street -- you argue with him in court.
    We'll never have a law that like here in Texas. We're all raised to shoot first and ask questions later. We're fixin' to pass an open carry law. That means we can wear gun belts everywhere we go, and slap leather whenever we feel like it. The Cops are much more careful to get the right address around here.
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    Re: Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    So - in this situation everything led to court.
    actually from what i understand it looks like the guy isn't going to be able to sue at all. the cops tied him up and made him watch his wife and little girls burn - and there's not **** he can do. because cops are inviolate.

    Which is the appropriate and rightful thing to do *no matter what* because that's where bad people are convicted of the wrongs they have done - yes?
    no. sending people to court because they have beaten, raped, and murdered a mother and two young daughtres is not what we want to have happen. what we want to have happen is for those innocents not to lose their life in the first place.

    I see nothing wrong with preferring to take things to court instead of risking getting your head blown off over a domestic scuffle.
    much rather risk having my head blown off than risk having my family go through that.

    And if someone's posing as a cop then you have ever right to defend yourself because he's not *really* a cop. *shrug*
    and how am i supposed to tell the difference in the half-second i have to make a decision when someone breaks through my door?
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    Re: Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home

    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey Shane View Post
    We'll never have a law that like here in Texas. We're all raised to shoot first and ask questions later. We're fixin' to pass an open carry law. That means we can wear gun belts everywhere we go, and slap leather whenever we feel like it. The Cops are much more careful to get the right address around here.
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    Re: Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home

    I would generally agree that it isn't lawful to shoot an officer for conducting what you think is unlawful search. It means little to have the judge make the call after the fact if someone is already dead. However, non-violent forms of resistance should be allowed, on the condition that if the search is later upheld to be lawful, the suspect faces additional penalties.

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    Re: Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    Do not fight cops in the street. You will never, ever win and even if they're wrong you'll be lucky if they even pay your hospital bills. The only weapon you can beat a cop with is a lawyer.
    That, pretty much.

    The best thing to do is comply with the cop, then call an attorney afterward and seek redress through the legal system. Seriously, nothing good comes of fighting the police if it can possibly be avoided.

    The only thing that bothers me is the case (and this does actually happen, more often than people like to talk about) of a dynamic entry by a SWAT team or a felony-warrant-service team... where they've actually gotten the wrong house. If the homeowner may mistakenly think he is being subjected to a criminal home invasion and attempt to defend his home... and might even manage to wound or kill someone. There have been well-publicized cases where criminals engaging in home invasions have entered shouting "Police!" and even sometimes wearing clothing with "POLICE" stenciled on.

    I don't know of a case offhand where a wrongly-targeted homeowner has shot it out with a police team, mistakenly thinking they were criminals, but it could happen and it is a nightmarish scenario. If it is a case of the cops being at the wrong house, the homeowner (if he survives) should certainly be protected from criminal charges for defending his home against an illegitimate police entry that should never have happened. He or his heirs should be able to seek substantial recompense.

    Regardless of any generalized right-to-privacy, the Fourth Amendment is pretty explicit: The right to be secure in our homes, papers and personal effects against unreasonable search and seizure, except where warrants have been issued specifically naming what/who is to be seized.

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