1) A group of people show up at his door in plain clothes.
2) Some of them identify as police officers.
3) They ask him about the iPhone 5 and he denies it.
4) They threaten him a bit and then ask him to allow a search of the premises.
5) Since, from his perspective, there are a bunch of police officers threatening the immigration status of his family, he consents.
6) Two people from the group (Apple employees) enter the premises and search for the iPhone. He assumes that they are police because they are all in plain clothes (no way to tell them apart without asking to each each badge).
Seems to me like the police used their muscle to strong-arm the guy, but then stopped short of doing the search themselves (because that would be illegal). Since the guy consented to the search, then there may not be anything illegal about the Apple employees performing the search.
This whole thing stinks:
* Sounds like the ex-police security guy that Apple hired got some of his buddies to use their badges to get him in the door.
* The police performed a search without technically performing a search.
* The Apple security employees impersonated police officers without technically impersonating police officers.
A bunch of police officers (and an ex-cop) were behaving badly on their off-hours and now the SFPD is going to go into CYA-mode. No charges will be brought. Nothing will happen to anyone. Maybe the Apple security guy will get dressed-down by his superiors for being so heavy-handed and causing bad press.
KNOW your rights. Nothing stinks here. As one of the videos below states: If police is entitled to a search then they will just break in and do a search. If they ASK for consent, and even more, if they threaten, they KNOW that they are not entitled.
Keep the door shut and don't given up your rights.
Also, you're telling me that /nothing/ here stinks?
- This was likly an 'off the books' operation until it hit the media. This is why the SFPD spokesperson thought that no police were present.
- This was likely a bunch of officers using their badges to help a friend in their off hours. Now the SFPD is probably feverishly writing up paperwork to make this look legit to cover for the cops in question.
- The cops in question committed what amounts to fraud by implying that the Apple employees were cops.
Don't point out that the guy didn't know his rights and act like that is the only thing wrong with this picture.