The authority of an owner on his property trumps all others. I don't see where this incident interfered with the investigation.
Authority to expose himself to gunfire? That's a new one to me.
I don't see where this incident interfered with the investigation.
But we don't know the whole story either. But we do know that the police control a crime scene completely and have the legal authority to prevent access to anyone during the investigation, collection of evidence etc.
in my book someone who says, "don't you know who I am" tells me everything I need to know about that person and it ain't good.
You have got to be kidding ...
I believe very firmly in property rights, but you are full of hooey.
A property owner has no right to do anything that is going to endanger his neighbors, period.
If you were Hezbollah, and you started shooting Katusha's from your backyard, and the police have reasonable cause to believe it is your yard it is coming from, they have the right to enter your property, without permission. They may need a search warrent to remove evidence, but they can enter the propoerty and stop you from firing.
If a convict escapes from jail, and the police are following him, and he runs onto your property, they can follow him there, and you have no authority to make them leave, or grant him amnesty.
The police were fully within thier rights, regardless of whether the car was on Unser's property or not. A crime occured, and the police have not only the right, but the duty, to investigate. It is called a crime scene investigation. Whether the perp was still dangerous is only something that can be assumed in hindsight. Maybe he was dead, maybe not. Maybe the gas tank was leaking and about to blow, maybe not. Maybe they just needed to tag the evidence. Who cares. Regardless, it was a crime scene. You dont contaminate crime scenes with stupid property owners.