Boston Cops, Schools and Warrantless Gun Searches

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Boston.com reports that the Boston police plans to “allow detectives into their homes, without a warrant, to search for guns in their children’s bedrooms.”

This fixation on objects is tragic. Blame the gun!

Here’s how the plan will work:

“In the next two weeks, Boston police officers who are assigned to schools will begin going to homes where they believe teenagers might have guns. The officers will travel in groups of three, dress in plainclothes to avoid attracting negative attention, and ask the teenager’s parent or legal guardian for permission to search. If the parents say no, police said, the officers will leave.

If officers find a gun, police said, they will not charge the teenager with unlawful gun possession, unless the firearm is linked to a shooting or homicide.”

Are we to believe that the police will not charge people with unlawful gun possession? I believe it already.

(Thanks to Mike Barnett for the link.)

12:38 pm on November 17, 2007