DE: Warrantless entry into def’s home seeking a man for questioning in a week old murder violated 4A

Police had no warrant to enter defendant’s house looking for another person for questioning in a robbery-homicide, not to arrest him. The alleged need for a security sweep violated the Fourth Amendment because the police were searching for a third party who was wanted for questioning in connection with a robbery and homicide. There was no emergency because the crimes had occurred a week early. The police had surveilled the home the day before the search seeing nothing. In addition, there was no evidence that the officers feared for the safety of life or property before the search. Defendant’s lie to the officer about no one else being in the home did not create an emergency. State v. Roundtree, 2017 Del. Super. LEXIS 494 (Oct. 4, 2017).

Plaintiff claimed that his stop was based on race and without probable cause. The paper LPN appeared to have been altered so there was probable cause. Summary judgment for last defendants affirmed. Daniels v. City of Wyoming, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 19642 (6th Cir. Oct. 5, 2017).*

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