Video evidence like the Youtube video seen above has begun to surface documenting how the house-to-house searches conducted by Boston Police, federal agents, and SWAT were most certainly not voluntary.
During the massive manhunt for boston bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the entire city of Boston was on police lockdown. Public transportation was shut down, businesses were forced to close, the region became a no-fly zone for civilians, and citizens were told that they needed to stay indoors while the extensive search was taking place. And during this truly unprecedented hunt for the single suspect that sent armies of police and SWAT into suburban streets, private homes were searched by police.
Videos like the one seen above have begun gaining serious traction on Youtube and other video sharing websites, which show how police actually surrounded private homes with armed military-style squads and then proceeded to enter said homes while taking the homeowners at gun point.
Forcing homeowners ( now turned suspects) to keep their hands above their head and go along with the search, the rights of individuals soon vanished among the highly charged search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.
Photos Show Streets Turned War Zones
And it’s not even causing much of an upset among the population. Below you can see photos of police, national guard, feds, and SWAT members equipped with military equipment and treating the suburban streets as a war zone in the pursuit of the 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect. In the photos, by the way, you can spot the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle used by the Department of Homeland Security domestically. This is the vehicle that features IED-resistant shielding due to the fact it was actually engineered for use overseas in Afghanistan.
It seems that when the suspect is of high interest to police, or involved in a major event like the Boston Marathon, police are magically able to deny the fundamental rights of citizens to their Fourth Amendment. It’s actually events in which the public supports, like the police hunt for Dzhokar Tsarnaev, that are the most destructive to our liberty. Why? Because in such circumstances, even the public is in favor of ‘temporarily ignoring’ certain rights to catch the suspect who they all want to see brought to justice.
The problem is you simply cannot pick and choose when to honor the rights of United States citizens, nor ‘when’ to honor the Constitution.