If you're even a casual reader of newspapers, you know about the First Amendment -- hell, we can't shut up about it. And if you pay attention to the news at all, you've heard the Second Amendment debates: Give me that gun! Stay away from my gun! But the Third Amendment gets no attention and no respect. When have we ever had to worry about soldiers quartering themselves in our homes? Except . . .
Jacksonville, Flas. -- Deborah Franz feels violated. She claims the SWAT team went into her southside home without her permission during a standoff involving her neighbor Sunday afternoon.
Franz said it all started shortly after overhearing a fight at her neighbor's house across the street Sunday. A short time later, the SWAT team swarmed her neighborood.
"The cop goes, 'You all need to leave, you can't be in your house,' " said Franz.
The Third Amendment language applies to the military, yes, but couldn't it also apply to law enforcement? In case you hadn't noticed, the police are becoming more and more militarized, and they're getting overly fond of raids, never mind the occasional domestic violence call.
I used to laugh at the over-the-top tactics depected on cop shows -- you know, where the cops cause more danger to the neighborhood than whoever they were after did. Especially amusing was the part where a cop pulled a civilian out of his car so he could use it to chase the bad guy. The idea that an officer could violate the law to uphold the law was just so preposterus.