An outside investigation commissioned by Red Bank provided more than enough Fourth Amendment fodder to fire a police corporal and suspend two other officers, according to City Manager Chris Dorsey.
On Monday, Dorsey terminated Cpl. Rebecca Chauncey for allowing a bail bondsman to force his way into an elderly couple's home as he looked for someone who missed a court date -- all without a search warrant, consent or life-or-death circumstances.
The Fourth Amendment prohibits 'unreasonable' searches and requires signed warrants supported by probable cause.
'[Chauncey] stated that [bondsmen] have more authority than she does, that they don't have to have a warrant,' according to an investigation conducted by Tellico Resolution Group.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
From the Chattanooga Times Free Press: