A fake 911 call tactic being used by police officers in North Carolina is unusually conniving for law enforcement. Officers have told citizens of Durham that they've received a 911 call from their home to gain access inside. Once inside residents can be arrested on numerous infractions, like one woman who was arrested for possession of marijuana, according to the Canada Journal on July 15.
Durham's Police Chief Jose Lopez has passed the word down to his officers that they need to stop lying to residents to make arrests by entering peoples' homes on false pretenses. It also appears that the judge on one of the arrest cases also sees it that way. This became evident when he tossed a case out of court after an officer gained access to a home by using this tactic and finding marijuana, according to Newser.
Officer AB Beck knocked on a door and told a woman that they received a 911 call from her home, but the caller abruptly ended the call. Once in the home the officer found a marijuana grinder and two marijuana blunts and arrested the woman. The judge pulled this case right off the court roster and the woman's charges were dropped. The judge then stated to Beck that he "cannot enter someone's house based on a lie."
The sad part about this case is that the judge shouldn't have to be the one to tell the officer that this is unlawful. The officer should have known this all along as he did take an oath to protect people under the laws of the land! Beck apparently isn't the only officer taking liberties with this fake 911 ploy. He told the court that it is "standard procedure" for domestic violence cases.
The police chief in Durham denied Beck's claim, but told the media that he has started an investigation into the fake 911 call reports to residents of the city. He also addressed this to his officers in a memo saying that he has learned that officers are using this tactic to gain access to homes and "this has to stop."
An attorney from Durham equated this unlawful tactic being used by the city's cops as a "right to privacy" issue. He put it elegantly by saying "You can't fake someone out of their constitutional rights."