Category Archives: Emergency / exigency

CA9: Neighbor’s 911 call about burglary justified police entry protective sweep

A 911 burglary call by defendant’s neighbor led to police coming to the house, and the police entered to look for suspects. This was a reasonable entry based on exigency. United States v. Booth, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 28377 (9th … Continue reading

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CT: No justification for welfare check entry; and then they waited an hour to enter

The trial court erroneously held that there was an objective basis for finding probable cause to enter defendant’s apartment for a welfare check. There wasn’t. There had been an altercation in the laundry room. The fact his car was parked … Continue reading

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CA6: Alleged false statement to get an arrest warrant overcame QI

Alleged false statement to get an arrest warrant overcame qualified immunity. Tlapanco v. Elges, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 25595 (6th Cir. Aug. 12, 2020). The state failed to show exigent circumstances excused obtaining a search warrant for defendant’s BAC. Commonwealth … Continue reading

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D.Me.: No exigent circumstances for BAC blood sample without SW

A Park Ranger in Acadia National Park in Maine followed Maine law to get a blood sample without a search warrant. There were no exigent circumstances, and the blood sample is suppressed. United States v. Manubolu, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue reading

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MA: Info there might be armed men holding a hostage inside justified entry

“In this case, the police had information that there might be armed men holding a woman in an apartment against her will. In the circumstances presented here, so long as the officers had ‘an objectively reasonable basis to believe’ that … Continue reading

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CA9: Police following a blood trail onto curtilage after recent crime was exigency

The district court concluded defendant had no standing to challenge a tribal police search of the curtilage of his grandmother’s house where he was an overnight guest. Assuming, without deciding, he has standing, there was clear and obvious exigency for … Continue reading

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CA10: Entry onto curtilage at 3:30 am was reasonable based on exigency of domestic battery call

Police approach to defendant’s house at 3:30 am was reasonable because it was based on a domestic violence report to check on his wife. “Finally, Jardines, King, and Manzanares do not apply here. The Officers did not search Mr. Martinez’s … Continue reading

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CT: Police wait for def to attempt to retrieve sawed off shotgun in backyard was still exigency

The police had a reasonable belief defendant had used a sawed off shotgun to threaten someone and that it was likely in his backyard. They waited for him to reappear to attempt to recover the gun, and when he did, … Continue reading

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WI: Officer didn’t have PC for BAC warrant until def was in hospital, and that was exigency

The officer didn’t have justification for a DWI blood warrant when he first arrived on the scene. That came later, and defendant was about to be administered painkillers in the hospital that would have degraded the BAC. There was exigency. … Continue reading

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CA9 applies QI standard to “egregious violations” of 4A for ICE entries

ICE entry onto appellant’s curtilage to arrest him was not an egregious violation of the Fourth Amendment, the court applying qualified immunity language to show it wasn’t. “At the time of the entry, no binding authority held that an officer’s … Continue reading

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Cal.1: Cell phone ping to find def after a stabbing was with exigent circumstances

Police having defendant’s cell phone pinged to find him after a stabbing he was alleged to have done in a populated area was with exigent circumstances and reasonable. People v. Bowen, 2020 Cal. App. LEXIS 659 (1st Dist. July 15, … Continue reading

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IN: Def’s sitting inside in front of open door visible outside had reduced REP compared to exigency for his arrest

Defendant’s door was wide open, and officers could see him sitting inside directly in front of the door. They had an arrest warrant for him. Based on the “particular facts” here, officers had exigency combined with defendant’s reasonable expectation of … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: Exigency justified entry of a hotel room to freeze it against destruction of evidence

Exigency justified entry of a hotel room to freeze it against destruction of evidence. “Lakedon, the registered occupant of the room, answered the door while engaged in a conversation on her cellphone. The reasonableness of Officer Thul’s concern is apparent. … Continue reading

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W.D.N.Y.: Exigency usually applies in seizure of computer for CP

“Given that the Defendant admitted that he had used the laptop to view child pornography previously, it appears beyond dispute that Couch had such probable cause. … [¶] Defendant instead argues that the Government failed to prove that an exigent … Continue reading

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OH2: Furtive movement during knock-and-talk justified entry

Officers entered an apartment building with the consent of one of the tenants when they were investigating a threat with a firearm by one of the tenants. Their knock-and-talk at defendant’s door was reasonable, as was ordering him to open … Continue reading

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S.D.N.Y.: Strong evidence of ongoing sexual abuse of 13 year old was exigency for warrantless entry

The court finds no consent but probable cause and exigent circumstances from ongoing sexual abuse of a 13 year old girl. “In the analysis that follows, the Court considers the circumstances confronting the officers at the moment they entered Hernandez’s … Continue reading

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