E.D.Tenn.: Confronting possible trespassers in a house and asking for IDs was reasonable

The officer here confronted trespassers which he suspected might be squatters and drug users. “The Court finds that the officer’s questions and actions were reasonably related to learning the identities of the people on the property, learning whether they were trespassing, and then investigating whether the Defendant was a felon in possession of firearms. Once the officers searched the car, locating guns and ammunition; confirmed the car belonged to the Defendant; and confirmed that the Defendant was a convicted felon, they had probable cause to arrest him. The Court finds the scope of the investigatory stop was proper.” United States v. Smith, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27739 (E.D. Tenn. Feb. 21, 2019).*

The seizure of cash off plaintiff and transfer to the DEA was in accord with policy and before he objected to anything. Therefore, it did not deny due process. Chunn v. Amtrak, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 5090 (2d Cir. Feb. 21, 2019).*

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