Washington, D.C., Cop Board Admits: We Need Retraining In 4th Amendment


The Washington D.C. Police Department’s board of police complaints issued a report Wednesday that recommends the city’s beat officers be retrained on when it’s legal to enter someone’s home without a warrant.

The report comes in response to a recent surge in the number of complaints the department’s received concerning officers illegally gaining entrance to residents’ homes without warrants or permission — a violation of 4th amendment limits on State searches and seizures.

According to The Washington Times, reports of illegal searches and entries make up 14 percent of the hundreds of complaints the D.C. police complaint board has received since 2009. It received 574 complaints in 2012 alone.

Sadly, though, the board doesn’t think the problem is systemic, saying only 12 of those complaints “raise valid concerns about unlawful entries into private homes.” Worse, Chief Cathy L. Lanier said the board’s findings, however meager, still aren’t lenient enough.

“The MPD [Metropolitan Police Department] most certainly supports all efforts to reduce incidences of police misconduct; however MPD believes the OPC [Office of Police Complaints] report inaccurately depicts a systemic problem, and that current policy and procedures are sufficient to prevent warrantless entries into private homes,” wrote Lanier in a response to the report.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • rick0857

    See this is what happens when you follow the advice of holder and lower the standards on tests for cops because because not enough minorities can pass the tests. You get stupid cops that not only don’t know what the 4th amendment is but couldn’t read it if you put it in front of them.

    There is another possibility though this could just be a bunch of welfare scum hoping for a big time cash settlement from the city for an unauthorized search.

    • Justsomeguy151

      Most pigs I see violating people’s rights are white but ethnicity plays no part in this. Its the fascist mindset of tyranny and subjugation.

    • k92509

      How many times have we read or heard of LEO’s (Legally entitled to oppress) enter the wrong house and shoot up the place cause major damage and (maybe if at all) say oops wrong house and leave without any consequences?

      How many times have we had to endure trigger happy police who shoot first and ask no questions and get away with state sponsored terrorism?

      It is my belief that the NEA is responsible for dumbing down our population by indoctrinating students with liberal propaganda. They have discontinued teaching government especially the US Constitution and The Bill of Rights.
      These indoctrination classes teach that it is OK to be subjugated to state sponsored terrorism and abuse.

      Several news stories have surfaced reporting on some fourth grade students being required to write that they would be willing to give up some of their constitutional rights in order to be safer. We all (or should) know what Ben Franklin thought about that.

      Sadly we have people who think nothing of ceding their constitutionally guaranteed rights including the erosion of OUR Fourth Amendment.
      These same sheep think the government is here to provide for their needs. Again sadly this is not the case government exists to serve the government.