A Times Article on a Supreme Court ruling that refused to throw out evidence the police obtained when the didn't knock before entering with a search warrantincludes this paragraph:
But Justice Scalia expressed confidence that there was an 'increasing professionalism of police forces, including a new emphasis on internal police discipline' that minimizes the need to deter misconduct by excluding evidence.
A typically moronic remark from Scalia. First off, I've heard the argument that we don't laws because people are better before; I knew a guy who said labor laws are no longer necessary because corporations are more moral than they were back in the days of child labor and 15 hour work days. If you believe that you are surrounded by a wall of stupidity that nothing can pass through.
Are police trying to keep their excesses in check? Yes. Why? Because if they don't, courts will throw out cases. If they can do what they like and their cases don't get dismissed, they will do what they like.
Expect a lot less knocking.
This isn't the most upsetting thing in the world to me. I mean, if they break down the door rather than knocking I think they should replace the door, but if they've got a warrant they're going to come in and a pause just gives you time to hide evidence, which isn't what anyone wants. But Scalia's comment is just so laughable that it makes me a lot madder about this ruling than I would be otherwise.