First time poster here. It is nice to meet you all. I have been at the receiving end of what I feel to be illegal entries by the Buffalo Police Department. I am a student at the University At Buffalo and I have had more encounters with the police then I have had in my past 20 years of existence.
A few nights ago I was at a friends house we were all on the second floor in a friends room with the door locked. The only people in the residence were in the room and we were all just smoking hookah (tobacco) and drinking a few beers just enjoying the night. We hear a knock at the bedroom door and when we opened it we were greeted by eight Buffalo police officers.
Their stated reason for being at the house was a noise complaint (my friend left the speakers outside playing in the backyard on accident). My question is, are they allowed to be inside my friends house? They were never given permission to enter the residence. The door was unlocked but don’t they still require permission to enter the house?
This is not the first time I have been greeted by police that never asked if they could come in. I feel that they have a total disregard for my constitutional rights because that believe that I have no ability to fight back because I am unfortunately a poor college student and that they can trample my constitutional rights because I do not have enough money to pay for a lawyer that would probably rake the department over coals.
It is upsetting that they feel that they can get away with what they are doing with little to no recourse.
Buffalo Police Department
74 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Editor: It sounds like some working for the Buffalo, NY police department aren’t exactly following the text on paper they swear to uphold. Do you have any suggestions for the submitter?
What a difference a camera could have made – document the entry into the friends dwelling would have been irrefutable evidence of their actions. Also it could have captured the names of each of the eight people who entered, uninvited. Perhaps that information can be obtained by a police report but I’d guess a report wasn’t even filed because the complaint was so minor.
It might be good to request the 911/dispatch logs from around the time in question to hear the complaint itself and whom it was made by, as well as the response from those employed by Buffalo PD.
Perhaps the submitter could share his write-up with some more details obtained via his campus paper? It’s likely others who have had faced similar situations will step-up as there’s probably a lot of truth to the thought that the police are use to treating college students like this. Perhaps then, you can all work together to bring more attention to this disregarding of property rights. -Pete