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    Re: If the police break down your door in executing a warrant...

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    If the police break down your door in executing a warrant...

    ...and they are at the wrong house... Should they be required to pay for repairs and a replacement door?

    The question presumes that the wrong address was listed on the warrant and/or the police went to the wrong address different from that which was listed on the warrant. The question does not presume a good faith but incorrect suspicion of an otherwise innocent person.
    Yes, of course they should.

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    Re: If the police break down your door in executing a warrant...

    Quote Originally Posted by Diogenes View Post
    Some years ago there was a case in Texas where the DEA "dynamically entered" the wrong motel room. The tear gas killed the two-year old daughter of the family staying there. I never heard how the case came out; I suppose it was settled under some sort of secrecy agreement.
    That's a terrible example and I don't think there's any way I would go away quietly if my 2yr old daughter was killed in such a scenario. Perhaps there's some type of federal law that protects agents in such a scenario but it doesn't seem right to me and unless there's public scrutiny and public contempt shown for such an act, it's liable to happen again.

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    Re: If the police break down your door in executing a warrant...

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    If the police break down your door in executing a warrant...

    ...and they are at the wrong house... Should they be required to pay for repairs and a replacement door?
    It should come directly out of their salary IMO.

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    Re: If the police break down your door in executing a warrant...

    I'm surprised they don't have to. I'll add something compensatory like a years pay for the homeowners/renters too.

    There was a story of a lady in Atlanta this happened to. She was elderly and didn't realize it was the police, grabbed her gun to protect herself from what she thought were thugs breaking in to do her bodily harm. A shootout ensued and several days later she was guest of honor at a funeral.

    Around the same time football player Michael Vick was on trial for animal cruelty and hundreds of animal rights activist lined the street of the federal courthouse in Atlanta to protest Vick during his trail. I was listening to a talk radio show where the host said its unfortunate that in 2006 the life of a black woman is less valuable than the life of a dog as evidenced by the community reaction to the Vick cases vs. hers.

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    Re: If the police break down your door in executing a warrant...

    I would have to hope that I became aware of them and realized they were, indeed, the actual legit police before the door was broken down.... otherwise the broken door will probably be the least of our collective worries.

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    Re: If the police break down your door in executing a warrant...

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    If the police break down your door in executing a warrant...

    ...and they are at the wrong house... Should they be required to pay for repairs and a replacement door?

    The question presumes that the wrong address was listed on the warrant and/or the police went to the wrong address different from that which was listed on the warrant. The question does not presume a good faith but incorrect suspicion of an otherwise innocent person.
    Yes, and in most cases they do that I'm aware of.
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    Re: If the police break down your door in executing a warrant...

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    As long as there's no malice involved, and usually there is not, I don't think criminal charges are necessary. But a thousand bucks or so to fix the literal physical damage is not unreasonable.
    I'm fine with criminal charges. Cops are not above the law.

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    Re: If the police break down your door in executing a warrant...

    You should be able to shoot them as well.

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    Re: If the police break down your door in executing a warrant...

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    If the police break down your door in executing a warrant...

    ...and they are at the wrong house... Should they be required to pay for repairs and a replacement door?

    The question presumes that the wrong address was listed on the warrant and/or the police went to the wrong address different from that which was listed on the warrant. The question does not presume a good faith but incorrect suspicion of an otherwise innocent person.
    The police should ensure themselves for these kinds of things. Fixing the damage is the least that they can and should do.
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    Re: If the police break down your door in executing a warrant...

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    if they screw up and kick down the wrong door, yes, the town should pay for repairs. my guess is that many departments already do this, though. those that don't should.

    it's easy to be hard on cops, but most of them are pretty good, and have to deal with the worst segment of humanity on a day to day basis. my (albeit anecdotal) experience is that most of them are pretty dedicated, and take the job seriously.

    They chose this profession, no one forced them to take a job dealing with the dregs of society...

    They wanted to for the authority it affords them. As such, they should be held accountable for their actions under the highest level of scrutiny.

    Simply put, it's easy to be hard on them but we should be hard on them

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