A WARRANT FOR POLICE TO ENTER A DEAF HOUSE
Making a huge newspaper story in the Baltimore area is
four police officers, with a warrant in hand, being shot
by an individual. He thought these police officers were
burglars and started shooting.
The police officers did not knock on the door. Instead
they yelled several times that they were police officers
and had a warrant. The individual was in the basement and
did not hear. The police department claimed that yelling
is equivalent to a door knock.
What about the Deaf House? Several considerations:
* would the police officers know the home resident is deaf?
* would an interpreter accompany the police?
* what if the Deaf House did not have a door flashing signaler?
(many Deaf Homes have dogs that alert them to the knocking
but the dog could be outside with someone for a walk)
* what if the door flashing signaler didn’t function and
the deaf person wasn’t aware of the malfunction?
This is why we have attorneys.