Category Archives: Emergency / exigency

NE: Shots fired at car led to officers seeing likely kicked in door and blood on doormat and that was exigency

Officers responded to a call about shots fired hitting a car, and, at defendant’s apartment building, defendant and his cohort fled when the police approached. Possible blood was found on his doormat, and the door had a boot mark that … Continue reading

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CA9: No articulable facts could be given for exigent based entry into apt; “lack of information is the opposite of articulable facts.”

There was no objectively reasonable basis for an emergency entry into defendant’s apartment because the police said that somebody might need immediate assistance. Defendant grabbed his waistband when running, but no gun was ever seen. “[L]ack of information is the … Continue reading

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OR: On a domestic call, “The officers heard a man say ‘shut the fuck up,’ a woman crying and whimpering, a loud thump, and then silence.” This was exigency

Police get a domestic call, and when they get there “The officers heard a man say ‘shut the fuck up,’ a woman crying and whimpering, a loud thump, and then silence.” This was enough for exigency for an entry. State … Continue reading

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CO: Def was accused of pointing a laser-sighted rifle from his house at a neighbor; police arrived and exigency justified the entry

The entry into defendant’s home was with exigent circumstances. A neighbor of defendant repeatedly called the police to say that defendant was repeatedly pointing a laser-sighted rifle at him from the house. Police came to the house to inquire. Defendant … Continue reading

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OH5: Warrantless fire scene search after fire out, power off, and property secured was unreasonable

During a fire in a house, a grow operation was seen and reported to the police. By the time the police came in, the fire was out, the power was off, and the property was secure. The warrantless fire scene … Continue reading

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OH11: Specific and articulable facts, including bullet casings in front of house and bullet holes in house, supported an entry an hour later

“[T]he officers had a reasonable belief based on specific and articulable facts to search for injured people” based on bullet casings in the street and bullet holes in the house even when the waited an hour. They didn’t have to … Continue reading

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CA3: Expired rental agreement justified extending the stop

Defendant’s rental agreement had expired, and calling the rental company prolonged the stop. Whether the dog alerted or not wasn’t obvious on the dashcam video, but the district court found that it did, and that’s a found fact, and it’s … Continue reading

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D.Utah: Officers had no objective information supporting exigency for entry

The officers had no objective information that even suggested that a protective sweep was required here, and the warrantless entry into the home was unreasonable. Moreover, the claimed consent wasn’t voluntary. United States v. Lawley, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 125920 … Continue reading

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ME: Def was about to go into surgery after suspected DWI and accident; warrantless blood draw was with exigency and PC

Defendant was in a serious accident, and he was about to go into surgery. The blood draw at the request of the police was with exigent circumstances and probable cause. State v. Palmer, 2018 ME 108, 2018 Me. LEXIS 111 … Continue reading

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M.D.La.: Leaving one’s garage door open is not a waiver of REP or standing

Defendant’s garage door was left open, and that reduced his reasonable expectation of privacy in it, but that didn’t mean he had no standing. By leaving open the garage, defendant didn’t invite the police in, and exigent circumstances or a … Continue reading

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LA5: Knock-and-talk cannot be used to create exigency

Officers came to defendant’s house because a couple of drug suspects had visited him. The officers’ knock-and-talk didn’t gain them entry into the house, and a knock-and-talk can’t be used to create exigent circumstances. A protective sweep was unjustified because … Continue reading

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NY3: No exigency justified this entry; exclusionary rule applies in NY probation revo proceedings

There was no emergency basis for entry into defendant’s apartment, a probationer. The police understood that another person might be there who they were curious about. Still, there was no justification for the warrantless entry with gun drawn at midnight. … Continue reading

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