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Arrest and Warrants

Debate the following statement:

A law enforcement officer should never have to knock and announce before entering a dwelling to arrest a dangerous felon or a drug offender.

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The Supreme Court requires that officers "knock and announce" before executing warrants, except where certain exigent conditions exist. The common law knock and announce principle deals with the right to privacy, specifically in one's home. From a constitutional standpoint, the framers of the Fourth Amendment were familiar with the abusive search and seizure practices used by the British government and adopted that amendment as a response to such practices. Although unannounced searches are not ...

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Both sides of the Arrest and Warrants debate are presented.