2007-03-17 / Editorials & Letters

Writer reminds us of our right to be secure in our homes

Editor:

I am writing in response to the letter written by Chris Fowler of Buckeye Lake. It is a terrible thing to have ones home violated by a police officewith complete disregard for the Constitution.

This gives me an opportunity to remind everyone of our Fourth Amendment rights. The admendent reads;

"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"

This amendment was wisely written by our Founding Fathers who did not always follow the law set by England. Many colonists were smugglers or purchased goods from smugglers without paying taxes.The Red Coats would search homes whenever they wanted and arrest Colonists who had anything illegal This did not sit well with the colonists, and after they overthrew England, they set out to make sure that, we as Americans, could be reasonably secure in our homes. This Constitution is what makes America great.

If Mr. Fowler's letter is factual, those officers, who entered Mr. Fowlers home, were wrong. They violated their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.

We should never tolerate violations of OUR Constitutional you request a copy of the policy and procedures for entering a home that should be in your police department's Policy and Procedure Manual. They certainly violated any policy, if your allegation is correct. You should receive a copy of the policy within days if you have honest and competent officials.

Mr. Fowler, I thank you for your service to this Country. I applaud you for standing up for your Constitutional Rights. The terroists win if we allow our rights to fade away. What those police officersdid is far worse than a curfew violation. This should be a good civics lesson for your son. Keep fighting the good fight and the best to you and your son.

Mitchell Fellows Thornville

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