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Useless Gesture Exception

  • By: Craig Hemmens
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Fourth Amendment
  • Edited by: John R. Vile & David L. Hudson Jr.
  • Subject:American Political History, American Political Thought, Law & Courts

The useless gesture exception is an exception to the knock and announce rule, which requires police officers to identify themselves, give notice of their purpose, and request entry before entering a dwelling. The rule has existed since the early common law ...

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