This seems big.
That search, Hennepin County District Judge Tanya Bransford ruled, was unconstitutional. She wrote that the â€œmilitary styleâ€ tactics were a violation of the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.
She was â€œtroubled,â€ she wrote, â€œthat the types of militarized actions used in this case seem to be a matter of customary business practiceâ€ for Hennepinâ€™s drug task force squad, known as the Emergency Services Unit (ESU).
If the courts start throwing out cases because of the tactics used by police, that could be a tremendous step toward forcing reform.
â€œThey could have said, â€˜Weâ€™d like to search your house,â€™â€‰â€ he said. â€œThey could have just asked.â€