Skip to comments.Boulder Police: Officers routinely enter unsecured homes, practice not likely to stop (CO)
Posted on 06/10/2013 9:27:46 PM PDT by bamahead
BOULDER, Colo. - Boulder police say they have a right to enter unsecured homes if residents leave an open door.
Boulder police Sgt. Michael Everett tells the Boulder Daily Camera entering unsecured residences is a standard procedure for most law enforcement agencies, including Boulder police. He says the practice is not likely to stop.
Chrissy Smiley called police to complain after she returned to her south Boulder condominium after walking her dogs Thursday and found a card from a Boulder police officer sitting on her dining room table letting her know he had been there.
Boulder police officials told The Camera officers can enter a home that is closed and even locked if they have a reasonable suspicion that something was amiss such as if the officer observes mail piled up by a door or sees someone inside who appears to be in physical distress.
Although I am uncomfortable with this, in some neighborhoods an open door is an indication of something wrong, and should be investigated.
If I’m following the logic of some here today, they’d be within their rights to check the Call History on the phone in your bedroom as well.
urban cops have become the enemy, criminals with badges
That’ll work great right up to the time a cop gets shot.
Do you feel the butchery getting closer?
Does this mean if a homeowner comes home to find you in their bedroom, can you just say the door was open and I decided to investigate why—you know, just a neighborly thing to do.
Aren’t you a trespasser? Why aren’t the police? They’re not “special”, despite their thinking they are.
This may fly in urban/sub-urban/ex-urban situations, but in my neck of the woods, somebody’d end up dead.
Well, I'm creeped out, even 40 years ago the idea that when I left for a 3 day weekend that the cops might enter my locked house just to poke around, would have freaked me out.
Interestingly, it would have freaked out everyone 40 years ago, this would have been unimaginable then.
Maybe they’re still looking for JonBenet’s killer.
That's how the Night Stalker operated as well.
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Several years ago a home owner was shot and killed by a deputy that entered a home with an opened door. It was at night. The deputy entered the home and was confronted by the owner, armed with a fireplace poker. The deputy stated that he attempted to identify himself, before shooting the home owner. The deputy was cleared of wrongdoing.
I was burglarized about 30 years ago in San Francisco. I called the police and watched one cop climb the apt. building's fire escape, checking every window as he went. When he found one that wasn't locked, he opened it, announced it was the police and entered.
If a burglar with a gun enters your house and shouts, "POLICE," I guess you're not supposed to shoot.
They know if they get sued in Federal Court they will get their heads handed to them, but figure most people cannot afford to sue.
They do have the imperative to enter when something really amiss but, just walking in because the door is unlocked?
Mistakes are bound to happen and bad things too.
What if I’m on the toilet and can’t get to the door, which you discovered unlocked?
I frequently walk out of the house leaving it unlocked and this was ever so try when I lived in Oklahoma.
Not a good policy to enter a home because you feel you can, as a so called friend.
No, this is just you getting your jollies by violating a boundary of another person.
Kinduh like alcoholics but with a gun, badge and shielded by the government.
Entering a home in the dead of night isn’t going to result in anything good.
This cop is a hitman.
Just remember the Clint's words from "Line of Fire":
One MORE reason our door is ALWAYS locked. And of course it has, for a long time, if someone is in distress they can enter a house - breaking down the door if need be, without a warrant.
But mail piled up? How about the grass a bit too long? The flower pots a little too dry?
NO. Just because a door is opened, doesn’t give the police dept or anyone else the right to enter your home. No, no, no!
Entering a home without permission and without
a warrant is a felony....it’s called “breaking
and entering” and the possession of a piece of
metal called a badge in no way changes the fact
that the action is a crime.
But until we start hanging the judges and DA’s
who refuse to hold badgemonkeys to the law nothing
is going to improve.....and people WILL die.
Well now, I can see why the Colorado State Government and LEO’s want to impose strict gun control there. It’s a self-protection thing for them.
Of course on the other side, it’s a outward display of contempt for the people who live there and pay taxes.
That's called "breaking and entering", at least when the proletariat do it. Perhaps different rules apply to the praetorian guard.
The “Castle Doctrine” could come into play here in Wisconsin. Not a good thing for the LEO’s.
I was commenting on this story when it came on that site Monday morning.
I can’t believe that there are some there who see no problem with this.
Boulder resident, sitting on the pot, hears the front door open.
Resident grabs pistol.
Intruder (police) sees resident with pistol.
Someone’s going to end up getting shot eventually.
” reasonable suspicion that something was amiss ”
Nice “catch all”. In other words, we will enter if we feel like it
A few booby-trapped houses will end this unconstitutional practice quickly.
So, I need to move to Boulder, CO and leave my door unlocked and watch the door w/ my Tyranny Response Rifle... after all the criminal wouldn’t have a warrant, and thus would be acting unlawfully.
Back when we trusted cops they entered homes all the time to secure them, check if anyone needed help, see if a child wandered out, check if there is a prowler, etc, because an open front door is not a usually happening. Back then, a cop doing a good deed could help himself to a cookie in the cookie jar and we would be happy to have had the extra eyes watching out for us.
But now, we don’t trust cops and think they would rob us as much as any criminal would.
“Boulder police say they have a right to enter unsecured homes if residents leave an open door. “
Yet, I predict the first non-government employee citizen who dares to enter *their* homes when unsecured will be shot, survivors will be shot again.
And the government employees will ignore the hypocrisy.
From the comments:
“Fifteen years ago, I left a car door open when I was transferring something from one car to another. Denver police entered my home, searched all through it ... so I’m told by neighbors, then left. They did not leave a card, my house was locked, somehow they got in.
Two weeks later, my home was burglarized with a loss of tens of thousands of dollars. Funny thing, I could always get hold of the burglary detective in his office. He never did crap other than to take a report and tell me the stuff was probably in Mexico.
To this day, I believe the police had something to do with the theft. “
Gee, it couldn’t be that the government employees themselves are contributing to that impression, could it?
The fact that our civil rights are being eroded drip by drip, while Congress and many clueless Americans are unconcerned, is my biggest concern. Congress is not only unconcerned but they are aiding and abetting the process.
I listen to McCain and others in both Parties today tell us how Snowden is a traitor. Most politically involved people that I know see him as a hero. The real traitors are either conniving to weaken the Second Amendment or figuring out how to bail out the bankers again, or how to slip through amnesty to 20 million illegals.