Warrantless House Searches to Prevent Gang Violence

TitleWarrantless House Searches to Prevent Gang Violence
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsLadenson, R
Corporate Authorsof Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, IIT
PublisherCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCriminal Justice , Social Justice
AbstractIn response to a recent outbreak of gang warfare violence at the Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago that left ten people dead over a weekend, the Director of the Chicago Housing Authority, Vincent Lane, wanted to have the Chicago police conduct a warrantless sweep search of the Taylor Homes, and to require residents to agree to such searches as a condition in their housing leases. The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) has challenged the constitutionality of the sweep search Director Lane wanted. The ACLU also indicated that it would vigorously challenge in court any policy of the Chicago Housing Authority that makes agreement to warrantless searches a condition of living in public housing. Under the circumstances prevailing at the Robert Taylor Homes would warrantless police sweep searches of tenants' apartments be morally justifiable?
NotesCase from the 1994 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl
URLhttp://ethics.iit.edu/EEL/Warrentless%20Searches.pdf
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