Pubdate: Mon, 31 Jan 2000
Source: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (TX)
Copyright: 2000 Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas
Author:  John Wallace


Perhaps there should be an independent investigation into the death of Troy 
Davis, but your recent editorial did not address the fundamental question: 
Why do we permit gangs of armed police officers to invade the sanctity of 
our homes simply to search for evidence of a nonviolent, victimless crime 
like drug possession?

We need a law (or preferably a constitutional amendment) stating that the 
police are never allowed to forcibly invade a person's home unless there is 
clear evidence that the occupant has recently committed, or is about to 
commit, a serious crime of violence.

Two hundred years ago, William Pitt summarized the English common law 
thusly: "The poorest man may, in his cottage, bid defiance to all the 
forces of the Crown. The wind . . . the storm . . . the rain may enter but 
the King of England cannot enter."

Today in America, our own government treats us far worse than the king of 
England ever did.

John Wallace
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