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Are lockdowns legal?

wolfshadow 2012/06/13 17:21:36
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Just finished reading a story about a lock down at a medical center in Buffalo New York that happened this morning. 2000 employees and patients... adults... were forced to remain inside a building with an alleged shooter...

I can understand a school... a shooting in the area... lock it down and keep the students safe.

But these are adults, they didn't go to school, they went for a doctors appointment. Then the police surround the building and force them to remain inside... where a suspected gunman is... so not only are they forcing people to remain somewhere against their will, they are forcing them to remain in a potentially deadly environment.

Don't we have a Constitutional right against unlawful detainment? Are these lock downs legal?
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  • KB 2012/10/21 18:15:54
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    If you are not under arrest, then you are free to go. Just because it might make things easier for police, that does not mean you give up your Constitutional rights. Whether your safety is in jeopardy or not. This is not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia. That being said, it's probably not a good idea to try to leave.
  • beach bum 2012/06/14 12:09:07
    Yes....
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  • Raphy 2012/06/14 02:20:15
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    Better to contain the suspect than let them get away. But It also depends on the situation.
  • Werkea 2012/06/13 18:06:39
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    idk, but the news sounds pretty shady
  • moonchild 2012/06/13 17:51:59
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    Since one of them could be the assailant, I'd say, yeah, the lock down may be necessary.
  • Sister Jean 2012/06/13 17:37:38
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  • dahvievanity<3er 2012/06/13 17:35:15
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    the hospital one no the shooter in the building that was just stupid and unsafe they should have evacuated
  • Your Favorite Nerd 2012/06/13 17:30:19
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    It does make it easier to find the criminal. People coming in and out of the building, the shooter could have slipped away. I was in a lockdown before at my school where a former teacher came in and was told to leave. He was found an hour later inside the school and began to attack. They did get him though in another hour. It was kinda scary, but it could have been worse
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/06/13 17:28:40
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    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
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    Yes, they are doing it for safety or at least that is the stance. if they do not lock-down and someone is harmed, they will be sued for not taking action to protect. Damned if they do and damned if they don't

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