Category Archives: Protective sweep

E.D.N.C.: Removing protective sweep from affidavit for SW still leaves PC

While protective sweep was unreasonable, excising it from the affidavit for search warrant, still leaves probable cause. United States v. Lee, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 171270 (E.D. N.C. Sept. 18, 2020). “In sum, counsel reasonably could have concluded that movant … Continue reading

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CA11: Plain view supported SW; protective sweep essentially moot

Defendant’s arrest in a motel room resulted in a plain view of a distinctive sneaker that was probably worn in a robbery. That supported a search warrant. Defendant’s protective sweep argument wasn’t timely raised, but it would lose anyway because … Continue reading

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M.D.Pa.: Govt’s justification for protective sweep or exigency based entry were speculative so motion to suppress granted

The government contention a protective sweep or exigent circumstances justified the entry was speculative and lacked foundation. Motion to suppress granted. United States v. Lara-Mejia, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 156946 (M.D. Pa. Aug. 28, 2020). The automobile exception doesn’t apply … Continue reading

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TX14: Arrest outside a house can justify a protective sweep inside

An arrest outside a house, depending on the circumstances, can justify a protective sweep as much as an arrest inside. Defendant also claimed that a secondary protective sweep was unreasonably intense. Even if it was, it doesn’t affect the search … Continue reading

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CA8: Community caretaking entry still justified protective sweep

Police came to defendant’s house for a community caretaking call, and they heard a person inside calling for help. They knew defendant was on probation for firearms, that he had a history of drug use, and that he had surveillance … Continue reading

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W.D.Mo.: Def’s arrest at door in underwear permitted protective sweep before getting his clothes

Defendant was arrested in his house on a cold and dreary day. He answered the door in his underwear. Officers were permitted to conduct a protective sweep before getting his clothing for transport because at least one other person expected … Continue reading

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DC: Entry on arrest warrant was limited to protective sweep, but here it was a full search

U.S. Marshals entered defendant’s home on an arrest warrant and, instead of just securing it, they succeeded in searching it, too. The search violated the Fourth Amendment and is suppressed. Green v. United States, 2020 D.C. App. LEXIS 240 (July … Continue reading

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CA5: Protective sweep reasonable after def first barricaded himself and then surrendered

A protective sweep was justified on defendant’s arrest after he’d barricaded himself inside and then gave up. United States v. Hernandez, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 17027 (5th Cir. May 28, 2020). Petitioner isn’t entitled to a writ of mandamus for … Continue reading

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MO: Radio report of def being potentially armed and dangerous plus unusually cluttered car justified protective weapons search

Defendant was stopped for expired tags. The officer noticed the inside of the vehicle was unusually cluttered. He got the DL and went back to his patrol car to call it in. “After the report came back that Lindsay was … Continue reading

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D.N.J.: Protective sweep of house after arrest outside was unjustified; it was a search for a gun

Defendant’s arrest outside his house near his front door did not justify a protective sweep of his house. “Indeed, this Court finds that the marshals’ broad search of the Westberry residence was conducted specifically to find the firearm. … Because … Continue reading

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CA9: Protective sweep of house after medical emergency at front door unjustified

Officers responded to a medical emergency at the entryway of defendant’s house. They ended up conducting a protective sweep for which there was no justification whatsoever. The firearm found in the protective sweep is suppressed. United States v. Gonzalez-Martin, 2020 … Continue reading

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CA11: Protective weapons search of car or an envelope in the car unjustified by any facts

A purported protective sweep of defendant’s car for a weapon was not justified by any facts, and neither was a search of an envelope which would hardly contain a weapon. Neither was there probable cause for the automobile exception. “In … Continue reading

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CA11: 911 call about def threatening people with a gun in his house justified protective sweep

A 911 call reported that defendant pointed a gun at two people and threatened them in his house. Responding, they talked to the victims outside. They entered to do a protective sweep for the weapon, and saw drugs. They got … Continue reading

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CA8: A home security system alarm is an invitation for a protective sweep when police see a broken window

A home security alarm went off signaling a burglary and police responded. Seeing a broken window, they could enter to conduct a protective sweep, and contraband in plain view could be seized. A cell phone was also seized and later … Continue reading

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N.D.Ohio: An open container in a car is probable cause under the automobile exception to search for other open containers

An open container in a car is probable cause under the automobile exception to search for other open containers. In addition: “Here, Patrolmen Link and McClamroch had received information that a retaliatory shooting could occur near the location they stopped … Continue reading

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E.D.Mich.: Navarette-like stop was reasonable in shots fired call and that also supported vehicle search for weapon under Long

“Navarette supports a finding of reasonable suspicion here. In light of the totality of the circumstances, including that officers spotted the white pickup in close proximity to the park soon after being dispatched, the court finds that the 911 call … Continue reading

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