In the linked article, the author states (among other things) "An investigation by Denver's Rocky Mountain News revealed that of the 146 no-knock raids conducted in Denver in 2000, only 49 resulted in charges. And only two resulted in prison sentences for suspects targeted in the raids." While this may not be representative of all departments, it is a disturbing statistic.
After discussing that there have been raids on wrong houses, the following is also stated in the article "homeowners who mistake officers for robbers can be sentenced for assault or murder if they take defensive actions resulting in harm to police." Kind of makes you think about the hierarchy of rights confered by the law and the courts and where the castle doctrine and 4th amendment rank.
SWAT Team Mania: The War Against the American Citizen
As I have stated before, I think we should be petitioning our Congressmen and Senators for legislation reaffirming the founders' intent in the 4th amendment and providing guidance to the courts about the 4th amendment. While the courts have acted as if they have powers superior to the other 2 branches of government, they are equal in power to the others and the Congres and Executive can tell the courts that they have erred in their application of the Constitution. They do this by passing legislation that makes it clear how the Constitution is to be applied. If the legislation is not consistent with the Constitution, an amendment would be in order, but in this case, legislation, consistent with the 4th amendment, making it clear to all what is and is not acceptable behaviour would greatly benefit the American people - we the people.
I am interested in your thoughts.