When police commanders found out, they said Sipple “had no lawful reason to enter the apartment and was in violation of the suspect’s Fourth Amendment rights” by not having a warrant, according to documents obtained by Channel 2.
“He had a legal theory,” Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter told the news station. “It just wasn’t a correct one.”
Sipple was suspended for one day, taken off the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas task force and demoted to patrol duty, documents show. Porter said up to 18 or 19 cases could be affected as a result of Sipple’s actions, including one that has already been dropped.
He added that this incident will also hurt Sipple’s testimony in future cases.
“It’s going to impact him going forward because every time he’s called to the stand, he’ll face cross examination about this,” Porter told Channel 2.
Sipple told investigators he didn’t want to leave the drugs on the streets, Channel 2 reported.
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