University of Pittsburgh

Harris on Use of Warrants in Pittsburgh Gang Arrests

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March 7, 2011

Professor David Harris discussed the use of arrest warrants in last week’s raids on gang members on Pittsburgh’s North Side. In the course of executing one of the warrants, FBI agents raided a house formerly occupied by the wanted suspect which now houses an unrelated family. Professor Harris pointed out that arrests warrants can only be used to raid a residence at which police have probably cause to believe the suspect lives. “Otherwise, a warrant for anyone could allow you to go anywhere that person could be.”

 

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