Supreme Court limits police power to enter homes with no warrant
The U.S. Supreme Court on [5/17/2021] refused to make it easier for police to enter a home without a warrant for reasons of health or public safety… The case centered on a legal doctrine that gives officers leeway to engage in “community caretaking” to ensure public safety. In its ruling, the Supreme Court, which has previously applied this doctrine to vehicles, said it does not apply to the home as well.
[The Supreme Court’s] unmistakable distinction between vehicles and homes also places into proper context its reference to “community caretaking.” This quote comes from a portion of the opinion explaining that the “frequency with which . . . vehicle[s] can become disabled or involved in . . . accident[s] on public highways” often requires police to perform noncriminal “community caretaking functions,” such as providing aid to motorists. . . . But, this recognition that police officers perform many civic tasks in modern society was just that — a recognition that these tasks exist, and not an open-ended license to perform them anywhere. What is reasonable for vehicles is different from what is reasonable for homes.
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