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Police don’t have to knock, justices say – Jun 15, 2006

June 17, 2006 – Police don’t have to knock, justices say – Jun 15, 2006

Those of you reading this blog who are involved in drug dealing (you never know, there might be one or two. I don’t expect that a certain so called “supermodel” will be a fan though) might be interested in this story from the US.

Apparently, a drug dealer tried to get off a charge by saying that the police who raided his house didn’t knock on his door and give him chance to answer. Fortunately, the powers that be decided that common sense should prevail and kicked it out of court.

In the UK, police don’t have to knock on the door. If we believe that the purpose of the search is likely to be frustrated, we can force entry unannounced. Luckily, for once, our law actually makes sense.

I can’t believe that our American cousins have to knock and wait – it must be incredibly frustrating to be standing on the door step, listening to the repeated flushing of the toilet!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    June 21, 2006 20:01

    Police in the US can apply for a ‘no-knock’ warrant, which might be granted.

    Of course, if you’re a normal, non-criminal person, and someone breaks in to your house in the middle of the night, your first thought is probably not “here’s the police”, but quite possibly might be “I’m being burgled”.

    That’s how people get shot.

  2. EFG permalink
    June 22, 2006 09:36

    Grindle, that’s gotta be the funniest thing I’ve heard in ages!

  3. thinblueline permalink
    July 9, 2006 09:42


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