DanaT, as a practical matter the law enforcement people have few options when faced with the facts as we know them. They had just engaged in a prolonged gunfight (with explosives used against them) with two men whom they believed killed at least one officer that evening and were likely responsible for a major crime (the marathon bombing) only a few days ago.
We can wax philosophically about whether law officers should/should not be allowed to act in this manner. Particularly from the safety of our chairs in front of our computers. However, until someone comes up with a reasonable alternative to conducting house to house searches for the perpetrator of this type of crime, such searches will be conducted.
If I were responsible for the actions of officers under my command, given the same situation, I would order them to conduct house to house searches.
Last edited by ChiefWPD; 04-19-2013 at 08:59..