Shelton on the 3rd Amendment and modern police
posted at 11:16 am on July 6, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
I’ve enjoyed Mike Shelton’s editorial cartoons ever since I was a regular reader of the Orange County Register. He’s now at Watchdog.org, a publication of the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, and he’s just as incisive as ever. Today, Mike — who comments here at Hot Air as Cartooner — tackles the unusual 3rd Amendment case in Nevada, which Jazz covered yesterday on the main page:
This is a bizarre case, for a number of reasons. I’d think that this is not just a 3rd Amendment case — which is truly is, as the police were a paramilitary occupying force in this case — but also a 4th Amendment case, and maybe more so. It’s well established that police cannot enter a house where they’ve been refused permission by the owner without a warrant or without emergent circumstances, such as a reasonable suspicion that serious crimes were being committed on that specific property and delay would allow serious damage or loss of life. If the actual circumstances of this case are what has been alleged, then not only should heads roll in that police department, but perhaps a couple of them should end up in prison, too.
Keep in mind that all of this was in service of investigating a report of a domestic disturbance. Instead, it created another kind of domestic disturbance altogether.