At a protest recently somebody said in reference to a community member shot in the back by cops ” he was killed because he didn’t comply with the officer’s demands. Well, they sure haven’t complied with ours so we’ll see…” Or something to that effect. Cops are on borrowed time. Back when we were in California, my husband and I got pounding on our door at 1 am. Opened it to 4 cops with guns drawn. Apparently they had hopped the fence into my gated apartment complex in pursuit of a suspect and had then somehow lost them in a complex that was basically just a courtyard and units, so they started randomly pounding on doors and shouting at residents as if we were harboring someone, guns were drawn the entire time.
Whether they are legal or illegal isn’t really the issue. The issue is, that if the police knock on your door, you don’t have to open it. And opening the door leads to all sorts of problems. They can say you invited them in, they can say they say illegal paraphernalia and that gives them cause to come in. Don’t open the door, don’t talk to the police. Period point-blank. Keep interactions as brief and respectful as possible, let them talk and ask questions all they want, tell them you want a lawyer, and aren’t going to answer any questions without one present.