College Cop Fired after Barging into Dorm Room without Warrant

In what turned out to be a solid victory for camera-wielding citizens throughout the country, a University of Kentucky-Lexington police officer [__was fired__](http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-campus-police-officer-fired-after-confrontation-with-student) less than 48 hours after a [__video went viral__](http://www.photographyisnotacrime.com/2012/12/11/belligerent-student-records-himself-berating-cops-as-they-force-themselves-into-dorm-room/) showing him and another officer barging into a college student’s dorm room without a warrant.

There was no placing him on paid administrative leave until the “investigation” is completed.

There was no attempting to prosecute the student on felony wiretapping charges.

And there was no attempt to rewrite the Fourth Amendment on the basis that the student was guilty of contempt of cop.

The student, Graham Gaddis, was antagonizing and obnoxious, but there is no law against that.

The officer who was fired is David Thompson, the one who shoved Gaddis aside as he entered the dorm room and made his way to the refrigerator to search for alcohol.

Police say witnesses saw Gaddis dump liquor bottles out the window,  but that was not enough to gain them access into his dorm room without a warrant.

In what turned out to be a solid victory for camera-wielding citizens throughout the country, a University of Kentucky-Lexington police officer [__was fired__](http://www.lex18.com/news/uk-campus-police-officer-fired-after-confrontation-with-student) less than 48 hours after a [__video went viral__](http://www.photographyisnotacrime.com/2012/12/11/belligerent-student-records-himself-berating-cops-as-they-force-themselves-into-dorm-room/) showing him and another officer barging into a college student’s dorm room without a warrant.

There was no placing him on paid administrative leave until the “investigation” is completed.

There was no attempting to prosecute the student on felony wiretapping charges.

And there was no attempt to rewrite the Fourth Amendment on the basis that the student was guilty of contempt of cop.

The student, Graham Gaddis, was antagonizing and obnoxious, but there is no law against that.

The officer who was fired is David Thompson, the one who shoved Gaddis aside as he entered the dorm room and made his way to the refrigerator to search for alcohol.

Police say witnesses saw Gaddis dump liquor bottles out the window,  but that was not enough to gain them access into his dorm room without a warrant.

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Editor-in-Chief Carlos Miller spent a decade covering the cop beat for various newspapers in the Southwest before returning to his hometown Miami and launching Photography is Not a Crime aka PINAC News in 2007. He also published a book, The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which is available on Amazon.

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