Welcome back to #QualityMatters. Your host Darci Chambers and Co-Host Kyle Chambers are discussing a recent nation wide news story in Houston Texas involving a shooting, multiple injured officers, the death of two suspects, and the infamous no knock warrant. From a process and procedural point of view, how could this have gone differently? What can be done in the future.
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — It was a mother worried about her daughter’s drug use that alerted Houston police to a home in southeast Houston, leading to a deadly drug raid, say ABC13 sources.
Below is a little of what we have read and understand about the case so far.
Search Warrant Requirement
The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects people’s right “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” Police must obtain a search warrant from a judge, although courts have identified exceptions to this rule, such as emergency situations and items plainly visible to police officers. A defendant may ask a court to suppress evidence obtained in violation of the Fourth Amendment, which prevents the state from using it in a criminal trial.
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — We’re learning more about the suspects police said opened fire on narcotics officers while they were trying to serve a search warrant in southeast Houston late Monday afternoon.