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Boulder Police: Officers routinely enter unsecured homes, practice not likely to stop (CO)
ABC 7 News Denver ^ | 06/10/2013

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.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: 4thamendment; donutwatch; govtabuse; policestate; rapeofliberty; tyranny

1 posted on 06/10/2013 9:27:47 PM PDT by bamahead
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To: bamahead

Although I am uncomfortable with this, in some neighborhoods an open door is an indication of something wrong, and should be investigated.


2 posted on 06/10/2013 9:31:00 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: bamahead

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.


3 posted on 06/10/2013 9:35:45 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: null and void
who the hell do they think they are ?

urban cops have become the enemy, criminals with badges

4 posted on 06/10/2013 9:38:55 PM PDT by KTM rider ( Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb)
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To: bamahead

That’ll work great right up to the time a cop gets shot.


5 posted on 06/10/2013 9:40:54 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: bamahead
I'd shotgun his trespassing, Constitution violating ass, as I would any other sneak thief...

Do you feel the butchery getting closer?

6 posted on 06/10/2013 9:41:19 PM PDT by jonascord (Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a Single Star!)
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To: bamahead

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.


7 posted on 06/10/2013 9:42:21 PM PDT by Auntie Dem (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Terrorist lovers gotta go!)
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To: bamahead

This may fly in urban/sub-urban/ex-urban situations, but in my neck of the woods, somebody’d end up dead.


8 posted on 06/10/2013 9:42:25 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: bamahead
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

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.

9 posted on 06/10/2013 9:46:59 PM PDT by ansel12 (Social liberalism/libertarianism, empowers, creates and imports, and breeds, economic liberals.)
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To: bamahead

Maybe they’re still looking for JonBenet’s killer.


10 posted on 06/10/2013 9:49:49 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: bamahead; null and void
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.

That's how the Night Stalker operated as well.

11 posted on 06/10/2013 9:51:55 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: bamahead

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12 posted on 06/10/2013 9:53:51 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: All

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.


13 posted on 06/10/2013 10:02:14 PM PDT by redreno (Americans don't go Gault. Americans go Postal.)
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To: bamahead
Sgt. Michael Everett tells the Boulder Daily Camera entering unsecured residences is a standard procedure for most law enforcement agencies

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.

14 posted on 06/10/2013 10:07:58 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: bamahead

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.


15 posted on 06/10/2013 10:13:38 PM PDT by microgood
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To: null and void

Agreed.


16 posted on 06/10/2013 10:14:53 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: bamahead

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.


17 posted on 06/10/2013 10:25:11 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: redreno

Entering a home in the dead of night isn’t going to result in anything good.

This cop is a hitman.


18 posted on 06/10/2013 10:27:49 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: jonascord
I'd shotgun his trespassing, Constitution violating ass, as I would any other sneak thief...

Just remember the Clint's words from "Line of Fire":

Aim High!

19 posted on 06/10/2013 10:50:49 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: SeaHawkFan
Hey...You opened the door..the shotgun went off....Didn't u see the string???
20 posted on 06/10/2013 10:51:00 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: Vendome

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?


21 posted on 06/10/2013 11:00:45 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: null and void

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!


22 posted on 06/10/2013 11:17:07 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.)
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To: bamahead

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.


23 posted on 06/11/2013 1:52:43 AM PDT by nvscanman
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To: bamahead

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.


24 posted on 06/11/2013 3:22:32 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: bamahead
Boulder police officials told The Camera officers can enter a home that is closed and even locked ...

That's called "breaking and entering", at least when the proletariat do it. Perhaps different rules apply to the praetorian guard.

25 posted on 06/11/2013 4:26:07 AM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Flick Lives

The “Castle Doctrine” could come into play here in Wisconsin. Not a good thing for the LEO’s.


26 posted on 06/11/2013 5:00:16 AM PDT by Progov (I'm for SMALLER , HONEST government)
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To: bamahead

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.
*BOOM*

Someone’s going to end up getting shot eventually.


27 posted on 06/11/2013 5:22:23 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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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…



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28 posted on 06/11/2013 7:47:20 AM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: bamahead

” “reasonable suspicion that something was amiss…”

Nice “catch all”. In other words, we will enter if we feel like it


29 posted on 06/11/2013 10:12:59 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: bamahead

A few booby-trapped houses will end this unconstitutional practice quickly.


30 posted on 06/11/2013 6:15:49 PM PDT by meyer (When people fear the government, you have Tyranny)
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To: null and void

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.


31 posted on 06/11/2013 6:29:28 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: bamahead

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.


32 posted on 06/11/2013 6:34:03 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: bamahead

“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.


33 posted on 06/11/2013 9:11:59 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: CodeToad

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?


34 posted on 06/11/2013 9:17:17 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: bamahead

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.


35 posted on 06/11/2013 9:47:14 PM PDT by apoliticalone (When banksters want what you own they'll use eminent domain. But first they want your firearms.)
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