I'd still like to know ... .


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F4GIB
August 8, 2005, 06:36 PM
I'd still like to get these questions answered.

[In the earlier thread (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=150372)] in partial justification for the police raid a poster said:] they were serving a search warrant not an arrest warrant. The information they had said the drugs, money and book keeping records were at his home,

Question 1 Then why do it when he was home? They are searching for things.

Question 2 Why do it at 6:15 AM when he's likely to be sleepy and not in any condition to make a good judgement (knowing he could be armed)?

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Dynamic entry isn't inherently an illegitimate tactic and, apparently there is some evidence it is safer for the officers involved but I've never seen a speck of evidence that "dynamic entries" (particularily regarding search warrants) are safer for the civilians involved. There seems to be lots of instances where this tactic has proven to be unreasonably dangerous to innocent 11-year olds, innocent 87-year olds, sleepy occupants, and so forth * * * so

Question 3 Are there any studies or other evidence that dynamic entries reduce the number of non-police "participants" injured as a result of police action? Please identify the study, state the findings, and supply the URL.

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SMMAssociates
August 8, 2005, 07:08 PM
Question 1 Then why do it when he was home? They are searching for things.I'm guessing that it was simpler to get a warrant to do it when they can hand the homeowner a copy.

Question 2 Why do it at 6:15 AM when he's likely to be sleepy and not in any condition to make a good judgement (knowing he could be armed)?

"Flash-bang" effect.... They want the guy too "out of it" to react at all. Downside, of course, is that he may sleep with a gun under his pillow, which could get somebody dead.

Can't give you an answer on Question 3, but my view is that the shock effect kind of freezes everybody, minimizing the risks to the occupants, and letting the LEO's stay fairly well in control.

Unfortunately, it can fail.... Sometimes standing outside and hollering "POLICE" doesn't always work.

Regards,

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