CA8: Community caretaking entry still justified protective sweep

Police came to defendant’s house for a community caretaking call, and they heard a person inside calling for help. They knew defendant was on probation for firearms, that he had a history of drug use, and that he had surveillance cameras. They entered and saw a woman on the floor at the bottom of the stairs. A brief protective sweep of the premises was reasonable. United States v. Hanuman, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 26116 (8th Cir. Aug. 18, 2020).

The officers entered plaintiff’s home on a mental health emergency, and the entry and their subsequent actions didn’t exceed the scope of the justification for the entry. They acted reasonably. Graham v. Barnette, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 25969 (8th Cir. Aug. 17, 2020).

Defendant’s broad consent permitted a full search of his cell phone. The consent logically permitted the police to review the evidence afterward, too. United States v. Gallegos-Espinal, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 26108 (5th Cir. Aug. 17, 2020).*

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