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Should police knock before entering - SC to decide [CNN]
> SUPREME COURT CASE: SHOULD POLICE KNOCK BEFORE ENTERING?
> SCOTUS graphic January 13, 1998
> Web posted at: 2:14 p.m. EST (1914 GMT)
> WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Supreme Court was being asked Tuesday to
> decide whether law enforcement officers should ring the doorbell or
> knock before entering a building if they sense danger.
> The case focuses on a 1994 incident in Oregon. Hernan Ramirez fired
> his gun after police broke in his garage window after they received
> a tip that a fugitive was in the Ramirez house. It was a tip that
> turned out to be wrong.
> Ramirez fired his gun without knowing that those intruding were law
> officers, and once he realized who the intruders were he
> "The police fire back a fusillade of fire, screaming 'police!
> police!' -- this is the first time Mr. Ramirez realizes that the
> police are there," said public defender Michael R. Levine.
> Even though Ramirez was not the fugitive that police had been
> looking for, they still arrested Ramirez on weapons charges since,
> as a convicted felon, he was not permitted to possess a gun.
> A federal judge later ruled that the police search had been
> unconstitutional. The federal government then brought the case to
> the Supreme Court, arguing that the increased danger in that
> particular case had warranted the window-shattering no-knock entry
> into the Ramirez building.
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