What Are Your Rights When Police Come To Your Door?
Anchorage man may sue over "civil rights violation"
Original Article Posted Oct. 5, 2010
ANCHORAGE–It began as an argument last winter between neighbors about dog urine at a Muldoon condominium complex.
“I guess the pee fell through the neighbor's house,” said David Zellmer, the dog owner. “The dog catcher showed up at the door, asking me questions about my dog. I told him I wasn't going to answer any of his questions and I asked him to leave my property.”
A short time later, Zellmer said the animal control officer returned with three police officers.
Zellmer recorded what happened next:
Officer: Got any ID on you?
Zellmer: Uh, no.
Officer: Is your ID inside?
Officer: Then let's go inside and get it.
Zellmer: You guys can stay out here and I'll go and get it.
Officer: Actually, we're going to go inside with you.
Zellmer: No, you're not, unless you have a warrant.