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.