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Police Give Up Search for Sacramento Suspect

Posted on Monday, November 17th, 2014    

A five-hour search for a suspect in Elk Grove was abandoned after officers failed to find the wanted person, according to recent reports.

Elk Grove police were assisted by Sacramento police in trying to locate a suspect, but the agencies did not reveal the person’s alleged crime. The departments set up a perimeter around the 3400 block of 24th Avenue, and Sacramento police tweeted messages that they were looking for a wanted suspect who had fled into the neighborhood. One home was the subject of a SWAT “flash bang,” which is a form of stun grenade. However, about five hours after the commencement of the search, police broke down their cordon and left the area without explanation.

When Can Police Enter a Residence to Search?

The question of whether police officers can search a residence is one that has been ongoing for many years. While the state recognizes the need to protect each individual’s right to privacy, it is also important to protect the public. Therefore, citizens are expected to comply with reasonable requests by police officers to search homes, sheds and other property if it is suspected that a dangerous criminal may be hiding.

However, these terms are very subjective and recent possible overreaches on the part of police officers have made many people wary of allowing them into their homes. Ultimately, we must turn to court decisions on what constitute the reasonable use of force to enter a home if police suspect that a violent or dangerous person may be inside.

According to research performed by the University of Kentucky, the number of “no-knock” warrants, in which police are issued a warrant that allows them to simply enter a residence without prior notification of any kind, has increased from 3,000 nationwide in 1981 to more than 50,000 in 2005. Furthermore, more than 40 innocent victims have been killed in these raids.

What Can I Do If The Police Come To My House?

For safety purposes, it is usually best to comply with police officer directions. However, you should also seek the advice of a trusted criminal defense attorney like those at Amerio Law Group in Sacramento. We will fight to protect your rights and work with you to dispute any illegal search and seizure in your home. Contact us today for a consultation to learn more about your rights and how you may be able to form a defense to any criminal charges you may face.

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