The police state scored another victory last week. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Hudson v. Michigan that, if cops ignore the legal requirement to knock before invading an American’s castle, well, it doesn’t matter. They can still snatch up whatever they want as evidence, and such evidence can be introduced in court. This decision removes much of the incentive for police officers to obey the knock-first rule. And it undermines all other Fourth Amendment protections. By affirming contempt for Constitutional rights, the Supreme Court has put out the welcome mat for their further violation.
— general —