Police Kicked Down My Neighbor's Door Because of an Extension CordSubmitted by RobHino on Sun, 04/06/2014 - 04:20
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?