Open Records Request Submitted to Racine Police Dept.

It seems clear to me, but answer for yourself, was this family’s 4th Amendment rights violated?  It appears that a 14 year old young man was apprehended and taken in for questioning but no charges were subsequently filed and no evidence of a crime was retrieved.  At least no evidence of a crime on the part of the residents.  A dead pet was taken away, which could be construed as evidence of a crime by the police.

An open records request was submitted to the police department December 7, 2016 to discover just what the process was that resulted in this horrific and disturbing event.  If they are provided, they should answer the questions as to whether this home invasion was in compliance with the constitutional mandates of the 4th Amendment.  Was this search “reasonable”?  Was it based on “probable cause” or is this going to be a case that someone attempts to justify as based on “reasonable suspicion,” which some are attempting to establish as the new standard?  I’ll be interested to see just what the description was of the “place to be searched, and persons or things to be seized.”

Records request to the Racine WI. Police Department
Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seen.

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