Police breaking into house of man not suspected of any crime
A veteran of the U.S. military was denied the right to own a gun, because of a decades old drug conviction. Ron Kelly is denied a firearm because of a misdemeanor drug conviction that happened before I was born, way back in 1971. He was caught with a baggie of marijuana in high school. This is simply absurd. This might as well as has been something that President Obama could have been convicted of, if caught, when he was in high school.
I favor ensuring that volent felons don't get guns, as they do too often at gun shows and from non-federally licensed gun dealers. But, someone convicted of a non-violent felony (especially if they have completed probation/parole) should not be banned from a gun and this man (who served our nation for decades) especially should not.
In Henderson, Nevada, we get a very rare case of a possible Third Amendment violation. The Third Amendment protects the right aganist the forced quartering or housing of soldiers. There have only been one or two cases ever of Third Amendment violations.
Well, in this suburb of Las Vegas, police violently arrested a man for not leaving his house so they could do survellience on some neighbors of theirs suspected of domestic violence. I don't necessary take an opinion if they should have made their house available, but the idea that police can arrest you for choosing not to make it available is very concerning and troubling.
This man, Anthony Mitchell, had police bust into his house with weapons drawn on him after he didn't answer their knocking. Again, he was not suspected of any crime in the least.
Even if he was suspected, police would need a warrant or exigent circumstances plus probable cause to break into his house. Does an innocent man have less rights then someone suspected of a crime?
While Mitchell lay on the floor, he was hit with multiple pepperballs shot at him. His house and personal possessions were searched by the police, in an obvious attempt to justify this illegal 4th Amendment violation (this is more of a 4th then 3rd Amendment violation) by trying to find illegal drug.
Indeed, even if Mitchell had consented to the police usage beforehand, the cops still might have searched his house for drugs, just because that is how some cops roll.
Mitchell's father was later arrested after being tricked by the police. Mr. Mitchell has sued the police department, and with good cause. Without such a lawsuit, this case would be ignored by senior police commanders who usually side with officers in illegal acts then the citizens of the town or city.
If you want to oppose such horrible drug policy and civil rights violations, please support the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the American Civil Liberties Union, or the ACLU. Thanks