Subject to Inspection: Belleville's Housing Code Enforcement

Number 19619
Subject Housing
Source News-Democrat (Belleville
State Illinois
Year 2002
Publication Date December 8, 10, 12,14, 20, 22, 2002, January 1, 11, 12, 2003
Summary A Belleville News-Democrat investigation revealed that "a Belleville housing code enforcement officer and an armed police officer routinely show up for occupancy permit inspections without a search warrant. When residents refuse to let them enter, the residents are issued tickets, a violation of the Fourth Amendment guarantee against illegal search and seizure. In some cases, these inspections are used as a cover to search for drugs or other criminal activity."
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Keywords housing code enforcement;warrant;law;seizure;violation;Fourth Amendment;illegal;search;drugs;crime;search warrant;occupancy permit inspections;Belleville;Illinois
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