07/07/2013

Federal lawsuit claims police violated 3rd amendment

A Nevada SWAT unit entered a home without permission to monitor a neighboring home, according to the suit

By Francis McCabe
Las Vegas Review-Journal

HENDERSON, Nev. — Members of the Mitchell family said they had done nothing wrong when Henderson police broke into their two homes without warrants, according to a federal lawsuit.

The family on July 10, 2011, had refused to let SWAT officers use their homes to perform surveillance in what authorities suspected was an ongoing domestic violence incident involving a neighbor.

Officers then manhandled Linda Mitchell and arrested her husband, Michael Mitchell, and her son, Anthony Mitchell, charging them with obstructing a police officer, family members allege. The lawsuit, filed earlier this week in U.S. District Court, said the Mitchells’ constitutional rights were violated, including their Third Amendment right that prohibits soldiers from quartering in a home without the homeowner’s consent.

Full Story: Henderson family sues police for breaking into their homes

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