A video recently uploaded to Facebook shows a man demanding a search warrant of police officers at his door who claimed the man could be harboring a criminal. Police in the US are generally required to have a search warrant to enter a home.
Avel Amarel, according to thefreethoughtproject.com, recorded every moment of his interaction with two officers of the local sheriff’s department. The officers said they were seeking a “wanted felon” who allegedly beat a woman in the apartment complex where Amarel lives.
Police immediately asked Amarel multiple times to turn off his camera. Each time, Amarel refused, as his right.
Amarel then asked for identification of the two officers, to which one amused officer asked, “Do you want to play games?” Amarel responded, “I’m not playing games.”
The officer then says, “I’m going to drag you out, if you….” before stopping, to which Amarel quickly replied, “That’s why I’m recording this. Straight to YouTube.”
In February, the US Supreme Court allowed law enforcement more search power, ruling that police may search a home without obtaining a warrant despite the objection of one occupant if that occupant has been removed from the premises.
The one thing I cannot stress enough is to learn your rights as an American citizen.
The 4th amendment is in place to protect us from this sort of tyrannical barging in of our homes and our personal lives.
This is the way to handle unruly police officers trying to gain entry into your home.
If police come to your door and you don’t need their help, you can simply decline to answer. They cannot come into your home without a search warrant. Even if the police have probable cause, they cannot come in your home without a search warrant. You might even be a suspect in a criminal investigation. In such a case you should remain silent — except to say “Officer, I can’t let you inside without a search warrant.” Following such an encounter, you should immediately contact a lawyer before speaking to police again.
The fact is that police can legally lie to try and gain access into your home and knowing how to deal with police at your door can go a long way. A video uploaded to facebook last week by Avel Amarel, shows Amarel doing a great job at shutting down the two officers who tried to gain access to his house. Notice that in the beginning of the video, police try to get Amarel to stop filming. Mission number 1, reduce accountability. Cheers to Amarel for standing his ground.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.