Ruling: Cops must see crime happen

5c3803461dfcc imageThis is not good for women and domestic violence victims. 

Women will die because of this decision. 

I hope it’s appealed. 

An Idaho Supreme Court opinion negated decades of common practice and now requires officers to witness a misdemeanor in order to arrest a suspect.

In a case where a northern Idaho man was arrested for allegedly touching a woman’s backside without her consent, he won an appeal, claiming he was arrested without a warrant and it violated his right to warrantless search and seizure. The Supreme Court vacated the man’s conviction Wednesday and enacted statewide change in a pen stroke.

The man, Peter Clarke, was arrested after the woman reported the incident to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, which relied on her witness statements to make an arrest.

https://lmtribune.com/northwest/ruling-cops-must-see-crime-happen/article_fa72e872-8c8f-556b-b85f-f24c992cdd06.html