U.S. Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Police State
Yesterday I made mention of a case in Indiana where that states Supreme Court ruled that you cannot stop police from entering your home and doing whatever they want even though they do not have a search warrant. Unbeknownst to be at the time the U.S. Supreme Court was hearing a similar case for someone from Kentucky. Now remember, this is the same Supreme Court who has the privileges of reading the Constitution and determining if any of the “supreme laws of the land” had been broken.
The situation was a case of mistaken identity on the part of the police. Not identity of the person but identity of the house. The police arrived at the apartment building of the Kentucky man (King) because they were chasing a suspect who sold cocaine to a police informant. The man trying to escape ran into King’s apartment building and hid in an apartment slamming the door behind him.
The officers heard the door slam and when they arrived in the hallway saw two doors that were closed. Not knowing which door he went through but smelling burning pot, they went to the door on the left. The suspect actually ran into the door on the right and police arrested him also.
The U.S. Supreme Court, ruling on the case of these police bursting into the apartment without a search warrant ruled in favor of the police because they smelled marijuana and feared he was trying to get rid of evidence. According to the court no constitutional violations had occurred and the police had acted reasonably.
The Kentucky Supreme Court got it right and threw out evidence that was gathered when officers got into King’s apartment. He wasn’t a suspect of any crime. He wasn’t the person they were after. Any evidence they found was not pertinent to the case of the person they were chasing and therefore all evidence should have been thrown out.
The U.S. Supreme Court disagreed.
According to Alito, people do not have any obligation to answer a knock at the door. They do not even have to let the police in if they decide to answer the door. Anyone in those cases would have to gain entry via a warrant from a judge. However, Alito said, “Occupants who choose not to stand on their constitutional rights but instead elect to attempt to destroy evidence have only themselves to blame.”
So let’s see if we get this right. King was not a suspect for any crime. He was in his own apartment minding his own business. Police knocked at his door. He refused to answer. Because police “thought” he was destroying evidence the broke the door down and arrested him. He goes to jail. The case gets thrown out because evidence was illegally attained and finally the U.S. Supreme Court says the police were within their rights.
This doesn’t make any sense on the face of it. How do the police come to believe that the perpetrator they were chasing decided to stop running and start smoking a opt cigarette? What cop in his right mind would ever think of such a thing? Then they find out they made a mistake and the person they were chasing is actually somewhere else. So they go and arrest that person at the other location also.
Instead of dropping the case and admitting they were wrong. Police pushed the case all the way to the Supreme Court to “get their man”. And the kicker of it all, the original guy they were chasing, he never went to court because the police dropped the charges against him for reasons that were not explained in any court documents.
Talk about a travesty of justice and the incomprehensible ramifications of the war on drugs. Justice Ginsburg, the ONLY dissenting judge in the case, indicated that her fellow judges were giving the police too much leeway and make it way too easy to now avoid getting warrants. She said “Police officers may now knock, listen, then break the door down, never mind that they had ample time to obtain a warrant”.
Now it comes to pass, that the U.S. Supreme Court has followed the mistake of the Indiana Supreme Court. Citizens in their own homes are no longer safe from illegal entry of police even if they don’t have a warrant. The Indiana court said that the victims of this abusive police power could take it to the courts and find remedy. I had laughed at that and I am sure many people thought I was crazy because it sounded reasonable.
Well now, here we have proof that there is no remedy. It went all the way to the Supreme Court of the entire country and they found that the police can do what they want. I am positive that people will say, well if you aren’t doing anything wrong then there shouldn’t be a problem. To which I put one simple response, what happens if the police stormed King’s apartment and shot him dead because of what they “thought”. How do you or anyone else justify a dead person who was not involved in the original chase, was in his apartment minding his own business?
This is supposed to be the land of the FREE. With freedom comes great responsibility. If we want to remain free we must be responsible for ourselves. To allow the police or the state to make our decisions for, to allow them to run rampant and trample over us and to allow them to do whatever they want unfettered, is to be a slave of the political machine.
It is politics that give the police the ability to do what they want because it is the politicians that make the laws. The biggest problem in America today is not that the politicians are doing what they are doing but that WE THE PEOPLE allow it to happen. The politicians are ONLY in power because we let them be there. The only way to change what is going on is to change the politicians and their mindset.
Starting today, every American should be looking at their politicians. If those politicians are not doing what they should be doing then we need to get rid of them. There are several different levels of politicians, make sure first off that each one is doing their own job. The federal politicians are supposed to be dealing with the problems of THE COUNTRY not the state. All federal laws need to be addressing COUNTRY issues.
So things like marriage, sex, drugs etc. they have nothing to do with federal level laws and therefore there should be no federal laws against such stuff. If your representative is voting on these issues you need to remove them from office. Either remove them or teach them the right things to vote on. One of such things is who sits on the Supreme Court.
When there is a conflict in the law it is ALWAYS supposed to err on the side of freedom – ALWAYS. If your congress critter is voting to allow someone who will not follow this into the Supreme Court, then you need to remove that critter. To do otherwise is to destroy your own freedom.
This new court ruling needs to be overturned. There is but one way for citizens to do so, Nullification. If the court wants to create the police state and if congress won’t do anything about it, then we as citizens need to take care of it ourselves. Should you be selected for the jury in cases like this, you must acquit. DO NOT ALLOW the police state to rule.
2012 is fast approaching. You have a chance to put the right people into office and get this country back on the correct path. We have veered too far away from freedom. It is no longer realistic to just sit back and let the government do its thing. We must take an active interest and hold our representatives accountable for their actions.
Yours in Liberty