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Police Kicked Down My Neighbor's Door Because of an Extension Cord

Behind my father's property, there are two adjacent properties, one owned by my neighbor, and the other, technically still owned on paper by my father.

Several years ago, my father contracted with a couple to purchase the property adjacent to my neighbors. After paying off the property, my father would then transfer over the property to the couple.

Unfortunately, before paying off the property, the husband murdered the wife and became a fugitive, running from the law.

A couple years have since past since that incidence, and now my neighbor is interested in purchasing the abandoned property.

My father obtained permission to sell from the victim's family, and the process for selling the property to my neighbor begun several weeks ago.

Looking out for his future interests, my neighbor wanted to repair some damage on the property he was in the process of purchasing from my father. The mobile home on the abandoned property had suffered some fire damage in the past, and there was a hole in one of the walls exposing the interior to the elements.

My neighbor, knowing that after the bank paperwork cleared he would be the owner of the abandoned property, decided to repair the hole in the mobile home to protect the interior from any future damages.

He hired one of my cousins to board up the trailer. My cousin did so, but he made a small error. He left the extension cord out from my neighbor's property to the abandoned property.

Late at night on the night of April 3rd, city police passed by the properties and apparently noticed the extension cord going from my neighbor's house to the abandoned fugitive's house. They assumed that the murderer was hiding out there, and that my neighbor was aiding and abetting him.

Without securing a warrant, and after searching the abandoned mobile home, they kicked down my neighbor's front door, and he woke up to flashlights (and maybe guns) in his face while still in bed.

"Who are you? What is your name", they asked repeatedly. They grabbed my neighbor's wallet which was sitting on the night stand, determined he wasn't who they were looking for, searched the rest of his house, and continued to interrogate him about the extension cord.

They eventually left after determining that the extension cord was simply left over from some construction work.

My neighbor is extremely upset and not sure what options for recourse are available to him. What do y'all think he should do?

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Tell him to contact an

Tell him to contact an attorney. In addition to the damage to his door, he can claim pain and suffering.

Could we bear in mind that a guy murdered his wife?

Maybe it's just me, but I really hate it when some guy abuses his wife and/or children - even short of murdering them. The extension cord left dangling would be no big deal on its own; under the circumstance, with a torturer still at large, it certainly did open up the likelihood that, having nowhere else to go, Mr. Nice Guy had returned to his former (and still vacant) home... if maybe only briefly.

Seeing as there was surely an open warrant out for the murderer's arrest, and seeing as the individual is someone who'd be considered armed & dangerous, it's understandable to me that the police wouldn't wish to announce their presence but would barge in as they did. I'd say that there was an extenuating circumstance here that warranted the action they took. Okay, so they were wrong. I'd say they owe your neighbor an apology and a new door.

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I don't know what amounts

to probable cause. One cord doesn't sound like it to me.

If the police had more reason than an extension cord to think the fugitive was in town, I think they might be able to stand on that. How rural are these houses? I'd think even a house on a main strip, for police to even see the extension cord, could they have already had a reason to be scoping out the property for signs of the fugitive?

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Lawsuit ...

... and also file complaint with Internal Affairs. In some police departments, that's a big deal (in others, not so much).

They had suspicion. That means they could have done a stakeout or they could have gotten a search warrant and arrest warrant.

They have no authority to just break into someone's home based on suspicion that has not basis in reality.

Sue the cops and also the city. Should be worth a big payday.

Also, pursue a criminal complaint with the District Attorney, and look for a new DA to support in the next election if the current one will not do his job.

Check out Terry Ingram's stuff. He's a former cop who is showing people how to deal with corrupt and stupid cops:

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Like the other comments

Like the other comments below, he has grounds for a lawsuit. It will all depend on "probable" cause" though.
In this case, I think they lacked probable cause because the cause didnt make any sense.

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sue each of the cops in their personal capacity

learn to do it yourself- sui juris. Demand a common law grand jury. Do not allow them to get away with it or it will only get worse.

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Everyone should build a front door

that is cop proof. Youtube it, read about it, do it. Its hard to have a gun in your face if they are stuck at the front door

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I agree!

Not defending the police

They didn't have a warrant and behaved poorly and should be brought to justice.

These stories usually leave me furious, because it is cops just brutalizing or killing people for failing to roll on their back and expose their neck, and then maybe killing them anyway if they do.

These guys did have a reason to be checking it out that didn't involve being evil fcukers. They didn't follow the law and they should be given a real punishment, but they were investigating an actual crime, as opposed to some made up crime like a code violation or drugs.

Regardless thanks for sharing the story.

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i bet

the extention cord gave them "prabable cause"...

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect" - Mark Twain

Ask the local media to do a story on the incident.

Based on the response, determine whether to seek legal council for civil action.

The primary tool in our set

is you/we teach purchaser what to do.

1. Document extensively.

2. Consult with QUALIFIED sources. The DP frankly has an unfavorable signal/noise ratio (witness suggestions of weapons under pillows). In this early phase I'd reach out to PD command, explain the situation, the glaring issues with it and offer them an "out". For an out I'd accept something along the lines of:

2.1. A private omission of wrongdoing by their Chief.
2.2. A meeting with the officers involved to personally explain to them the problematic issues surrounding their actions.
2.3. A promise to improve training on this issue.
2.4. If they don't behave like human beings proceed to step 3.

3. Publish and gain local support, coalition with like minded groups and individuals. Do press releases, do a press event. Seek legal help and fundraise for same.

4. Demand redress.

5. Seek legal recourse.

Explain that you can't do this FOR them but you can HELP them. And normally this would be entirely their responsibility. HOWEVER we have this issue where the land is still, as you say, on paper, yours. This would make both of you aggrieved parties. You are the land owner but purchaser was, at that moment, OCCUPYING A PRIVATE DOMICILE.

Seems you both have this choice: fight or let it slide. Personally I wouldn't let it slide and still purchase the land. I'd need to fire a cannon across their bows to put that whole department on notice: OCCUPIED BY PATRIOT.

Thing is Rob, this is just one thing. I know you will do the RIGHT thing.

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Thanks for the comment Smudge!

You gave me some good ideas! Thanks.

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2.1. was supposed to read admission

2.1. A private ADMISSION of wrongdoing by their Chief.

but I guess you guys got that...

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Uhhhh...

Sue. Sue the ever-lovin' sh!t out of them.

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keep a 12 ga shotgun by the

keep a 12 ga shotgun by the bed loaded with #4 buckshot

AND

keep a pistol under your covers with you.

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Title 42 USC §1983 lawsuit

42 USC § 1983 - Civil action for deprivation of rights
Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer’s judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable. For the purposes of this section, any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District of Columbia.

Yeah, I got that far...

After skimming this document, it seems the difficult part is going to be proving damages other than the broken door.

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They probably thought the extension cord was probable cause.

It shouldn't be. I'd say your neighbor should contact the nearest ACLU office.

Unfortunately

(or fortunately, depending on the issue), the ACLU doesn't have the bite it had 10-15 years ago.

A signature used to be here!

Really

Looks like the good neighbor just got a lead on a funding source for his project.