Court OKs Police Warrantless Entry of Student’s Home When There Is an Imminent Threat

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that four police officers were justified in entering a high school student’s home without a warrant because they were concerned that violence was imminent.

The incident in question occurred in 2007. Burbank police were investigating a rumor that a truant teen was planning to “shoot up” his high school, reports the Los Angeles Times. Officers reached the boy’s mother on her cell phone, and she came outside but would not invite them inside the residence. When the woman was asked about guns, she rushed back into her home, reports the newspaper. Police followed her because they were concerned the situation might turn violent.

The decision was unanimous and overturned a 2 to 1 decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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