What Are Your Rights When Police Come To Your Door?
Anchorage man may sue over "civil rights violation"
“The police have the right to search your home if they have a warrant, or they certainly have the right to arrest you if they have a warrant, if they believe you've been involved in criminal activity,” Mittman said. “Otherwise, for them to search your home, for them to detain you, for them to question you, they essentially need your consent.”
Consent Zellmer says he did not give.
“Basically, they bullied me and after they threatened to Tase me,” Zellmer said. “I opened the door. They kind of pushed their way through.”
Mittman said that was “an improper threat of force. That is essentially coercive and is being used as a way to coerce consent, which is not actually consent.”
“I sit in my living room and there are four cops standing in my living room,” Zellmer said. “It was totally surreal. I just couldn't believe I was in America and this was happening to me.”
Turns out, animal control officers were called to Zellmer's home because his neighbor said his dog's urine was dripping down through the porch on to her head.