Mumbles: Get Me Ed Davis, Pronto!
LAKEVILLE, Minnesota (AP) -- A Lakeville man says he feels violated after two police officers woke him up at 3 a.m. to tell him his door was unlocked.
Their surprise visit was part of a public service campaign to remind residents to secure their homes to prevent thefts. Usually, officers just leave notices on doors.
But they went further in Troy Molde's case on Thursday. Police entered the house where four children under 7 were having a sleepover, and then went upstairs to Molde's bedroom.
A police spokesman says the intrusion was justified because the officers' initial door knocks went unanswered, and they wanted to make sure nothing was wrong.
Of course, had Mr. Molde chosen to protect himself and the children in his care by shooting and killing these intruders who came into his home, unannounced, in the middle of the night, do you think this same spokesman would be calling his actions "justified"?
Yeah, me neither.
Lastly, can you say "slippery slope"?
I'm seeing all kinds of light bulbs going on over people's heads in Mumbles' office and BPD headquarters come Monday morning. If they can't get the peasantry to consent to unlawful searches of their homes, they can start training cops to look for "suspicious" dwellings to search, instead.
BPD Internal Memorandum
Date: June 23, 2008
Subject: Operation Suspicious Dwelling
Effective immediately, the following conditions will be presumed to be indicative of "suspicious" residences, in which officers will be permitted to conduct unannounced and unwarranted searches.
1. Misaligned welcome mats.
2. Curtains drawn closed during the daytime.
3. Children's toys in the front yard that haven't been moved for at least two days.
4. Grass taller than 6" in the front yard.
5. Out of place holiday decorations or Christmas lights left up past January 31.
6. Screen doors cracked open or with torn screens
7. Excessive litter near the front steps.
8. Loud music.
9. Excessive silence.
10. __________________ (Officers are invited to add their own items to the list prior to kicking in the front door of any residence that fails to meet any of the above criteria).