With the recent Indiana Supreme court ruling giving police unfettered access to people’s homes, Newton county Sheriff Donald Hartman Sr. believes the ruling makes house to house searches possible.
In one reported interview regarding the Barnes vs. State of Indiana case, Sheriff Hartman showed such an indifference toward the rights of the people that he was asked three times to explain his views. The sheriff made it clear that he would use random house to house searches if he believed it was necessary.
The opinions of Newton county Sheriff Hartman has created a movement to remove him from office.
The facts and procedural history of the Barnes vs. State of Indiana began on November 18, 2007 in Vanderburgh County. The incident involved a married couple arguing, no attacks of violence were committed by either party, but officers on the scene escalated events when they forced their way into the couple’s apartment.
In writing for the court, Justice David Steven said that if a police officer wants to enter a home for any reason or no reason at all, a homeowner can not do anything to block the officer’s entry.
This 3-2 decision by the Indiana Supreme Court has in affect overridden the 4th amendment to the US Constitution which says;
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized- [4th Amendment to the US Constitution]
A legal precedent has now been set for Indiana residents; people have NO reasonable expectation to be secure in their persons, house, papers and effects.