Category Archives: Protective sweep

SC: Three psuedo buys in one day was RS, and the smell of ammonia at his house justified a protective sweep

Defendant’s three purchases of pseudoephedrine in one day was reasonable suspicion that he had a meth lab to support a protective sweep because, when the dwelling door was opened, the smell of ammonia was overwhelming. State v. Kotowski, 2019 S.C. … Continue reading

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W.D.Mo.: Primary object of SW found right inside front door, but that didn’t preclude larger search

The search warrant was for a package found right inside the front door. That did not preclude the officers from searching further in the house. Also, a protective sweep incident to execution of the search warrant was proper. Searching inside … Continue reading

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N.D.Ohio: Sitting alone on porch doesn’t justify a protective sweep; but consent was still valid

The protective sweep here was invalid: “Here, the officers had no articulable basis to believe that anyone was in King’s house as King sat on the front porch.” However, his later consent search was valid. “Defendant claims that he did … Continue reading

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D.N.J.: Way overbroad protective sweep violated Buie

The protective sweep went far beyond the requirements of Buie, searching the entire house, and it is ordered suppressed. As to “the inevitable discovery analysis, the Court finds that the Government has failed to demonstrate, by a preponderance of the … Continue reading

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TX10: Exigency and protective sweep justified entry after a shooting

“The evidence presented at the suppression hearing, when viewed in the light most favorable to the trial court’s ruling, supports the denial of Weems’s motion to suppress based on either the exigent-circumstances or protective-sweep doctrines. … Specifically, once Taylor opened … Continue reading

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LA1: Protective sweep completely unjustified and suppressed

Police surveilled defendant’s home for two hours before he arrived to arrest him. In that two hours, there was nothing that suggested anybody else was in the house. When police arrested him, they conducted a protective sweep which was facially … Continue reading

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D.Utah: Def’s suspicionless parole search was valid under Samson

Defendant signed a parole agreement that he was subject to warrantless and suspicionless searches under Utah law. His parole condition wasn’t unconstitutional under Samson, and it doesn’t matter that law enforcement officers were along. Miranda v. United States, 2019 U.S. … Continue reading

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N.D.Cal.: GFE doesn’t apply to protective sweeps which must be objectively reasonable

The good faith exception cannot be applied to an overbroad protective sweep. [Yet, the court finds the exclusionary rule doesn’t apply for other reasons.] United States v. Garcia, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27861 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 22, 2019):

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S.D.N.Y.: Protective sweep was invalid, and SW predicated on it is suppressed

The government’s assertion of need for protective sweep was belied by the delay in getting around to conducting it. The product of the protective sweep made it into the search warrant application, and the product of the warrant is suppressed. … Continue reading

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M.D.Fla.: No showing of RS for protective sweep on entry; observations in other rooms suppressed

The protective sweep of other rooms had no reasonable suspicion justification under Buie that another person might be present. There were two and they were unreasonable. The product of the walk through made it into a search warrant for the … Continue reading

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S.D.Ohio: Cursory search of garage was permissible protective sweep

The bodycam video shows that the entry into the house for a search was by consent of a co-occupant. A cursory search of garage was permitted under protective sweep. United States v. Russell, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9977 (S.D. Ohio … Continue reading

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KS: Smell of MJ at def’s door was PC it was inside; protective sweep valid

The smell of marijuana at defendant’s door was probable cause there was marijuana inside, and that justified a protective sweep to secure the premises pending getting a warrant. State v. Hubbard, 2018 Kan. LEXIS 592 (Dec. 7, 2018):

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