CA7: Hot pursuit of a purported drug dealer into ptf’s house was valid under Santana

The police approached a young man on the street in an area known for drug trade to talk to him. He “turned on his heels” and fled, with the police in pursuit, right to plaintiffs’ house, past one plaintiff out front, and locked the door. The hot pursuit entry was lawful under Santana. The plaintiff outside tried to get his keys out to let the police in, but they knocked down the door instead. The trial and appeal was over whether the young man’s guilty plea to his drug crime was admissible or not to show the police had cause to chase him in the first place and other evidentiary issues. White v. Hefel, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 22259 (7th Cir. Nov. 7, 2017).

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