Monday, February 26, 2007

More Police Behaving Badly

Couple sues after terrifying night You discover 2 men in the bedroom of your 10-year-old daughter at 1:15 in the morning. What do you do?

Of course the 2 men in question happen to be sheriff's deputies. Or at least one of them is.
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Roanoke yesterday, Mark and Cheryl Hunsberger said Mark Hunsberger bolted into their screaming daughter's bedroom at 1:16 a.m. Feb. 2 to find Deputy J.A. Wood, in uniform, aiming a flashlight at the girl while another man tried to yank the bed covers off her.
The 10 million dollars is for violating their rights against unlawful search and seizure. There was no warrant, though the cops in question say "We had a reason to be there." They aren't saying what that reason is. (More shoddy investigations based on the word of drug-crazed informant?)

The cops, when the whole incident was reported, vowed to "investigate." They seem to be stonewalling.

The cops say that they knocked for 30 minutes before they broke in. No one inside heard anything. But if someone was knocking on my door at 1:00 in the morning, I wouldn't answer. If I heard anything I would (perhaps) call the police. And if I found someone in my house my first statement would be made with a .357 magnum.

[Hat tip to Bruce. Go take the survey on his site about what you would do in this situation.]

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