Thursday, June 15, 2006

Better locks

My recent relationship with the police department has been friendly. It has taught me new acronyms such as CPTED and SNU, and that cops aren't scary when they aren't arresting you.

I've learned a number of home-barricading techniques, too, that might come in handy should the police want to search the place.

Those extra few seconds it takes them to bust through all the crime-fighting locks might come in handy; news from the courts suggests they're going to be breaking down the door anyway, instead of waiting for you to open it like a civilized person.

Our Supreme Court, sans O'Connor-the-Fleeing, ruled today that it's ok for the police to enter your home with their court warrant, even if they don't knock first.

While I'm in favor of protecting evidence that otherwise might be discounted in court due to faulty police procedure, faulty police procedure in the case of Booker Hudson of Detroit would have freed up another jail spot for someone violent.

Hudson, whose home was searched in 1998 without the proper knocking notice, was convicted of mere drug possession.

From now on, of course, it won't matter. Remember, no need for warrant to tap your phone, and with warrant, cops don't have to knock to come in.

How much difference does it make to have the cops wait a few more seconds after they bang on your door "like the g-damn police," when as the COPS show and my friend's experience with being raided demonstrate it's always going to happen when you're naked anyway?

That Constitution is mighty thin clothing these days.

!Viva la seguridad de la tierra!

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