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A state representative issued a memo regarding legislation intended to allow police officers to remove someone off a residential property if they have probable cause to believe that person is trespassing with the help of a signed affidavit from the property’s owner.

Rep. John Taylor, R-Philadelphia, said his legislation would require police officers to allow “a reasonable opportunity” for an alleged trespasser to obtain proof that they live on the property legally. If that proof is not shown, the police can remove them from the residence. Probable cause can be based, according to Taylor’s memo, on a signed affidavit from the property’s owner. Under his proposed legislation, the residential owner can make various statements, but the memo specifically stated that owners can say the alleged trespassers were not tenants and that the owner has demanded that person to vacate the property. — V.H.