An attorney in Kansas City is accusing a police officer in that city of threatening to kill his pets and destroy his home and his reputation with his neighbors. Why? Because the attorney told him he couldn’t search his house without a warrant. Thinking you have 4th Amendment rights? That’s so 20th century.
They wanted to know where two guys were, and [Eric] Crinnian later found out police believed they violated parole.
“I said, ‘I have no idea who you’re talking about I’ve never heard of these people before,’” he said.
To prove it, he said police asked to search his house, Crinnian refused multiple times. He said they needed a warrant.
Then he said one police officer started threatening him saying, “If we have to get a warrant, we’re going to come back when you’re not expecting it, we’re going to park in front of your house, where all your neighbors can see, we’re gonna bust in your door with a battering ram, we’re gonna shoot and kill your dogs, who are my family, and then we’re going to ransack your house looking for these people.”
“If that’s the case and those are the things that were said, I would think those would be inappropriate,” said John Hamilton.
John Hamilton is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Park University and former police officer. He said having a warrant is always the best way for police to search a home, and while the threats aren’t illegal, they might violate a department policy.
It’s not illegal? It damn well should be. Unfortunately, this is a he said/he said situation where there’s likely no recording of it. Which is why every single police officer should have a recorder on their uniform. Every single interaction between a police officer and the public on the job should be recorded. And if it’s true that the officer said this, he should be fired and should never get another job in law enforcement (at the very least).
Like Dispatches on Facebook: