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Mich. Supreme Court lays out new guidelines for police “knock and talk”

Jun 2, 2017

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The Michigan Supreme Court has put new limits on the so-called “knock and talk.”

Police officers suspected a house had marijuana butter inside. Around 4 a.m., they knocked until someone inside came to the door. The officers talked to a resident and eventually got permission to search the house.

The Supreme Court said this wasn’t OK.

Mark Reene is the president of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Association of Michigan. He says for law enforcement, this is just a matter of looking for new best practices.

“And that’s what we’re continually looking at and looking at ways of accomplishing objectives in the best manner possible,” he said. “And I think law enforcement uniformly has that thought process.”

The Court said police can approach a house and knock during the same time it would be acceptable for the general public.