Friday May 10th, 2013
Cops Tells Woman In Her Own Home: ID Yourself Or You're Under Arrest (InformationLiberation)
Texas cops ordered a woman to ID herself at her own door, then entered her home without a warrant because she failed to ID herself. While police are defending the officers' actions, a legal expert says no such legal obligation exists.
HARRIS COUNTY -- A woman recently arrested by deputies with the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office has filed a formal complaint because she believes they violated her rights.
“What they did in my apartment in front of my kids was uncalled for,” said Jennifer Limon, who recorded the incident last week on her cell phone.
The video shows Limon pleading with the deputies to leave the apartment she shares with her sister and their five small children.
You can hear the deputies asking the women to identify themselves, but the women refuse to comply and demand a search warrant. Then, the video shows the deputies arresting Limon.
She was charged for failing to identify herself to a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.
[...]A spokesperson from the constable’s office said deputies didn’t need a search warrant because the women failed to give their names.
“That’s a violation of the law,” said Sgt. J.C. Mosier. “You have to identify yourself to a police officer. At that point, the officers entered.”
KHOU 11 News’ legal expert, who watched the video for himself, reached a different conclusion.
“I think the officers were out of line,” said attorney Gerald Treece. “There isn’t a ‘you didn’t identify yourself’ exception to enter your home and search it. There just isn’t that.”