Target: Henderson, Nevada police department
Goal: Condemn Henderson, Nevada police department for needlessly entering home and assaulting inhabitants
You don’t often hear about violations of the Third Amendment, “no soldier shall in time of peace be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war but in a manner to be prescribed by law.” This is rarely a problem in 2013, but Henderson, Nevada’s police department didn’t seem to get the memo.
Police were responding to a domestic violence call from one of the Mitchell family’s neighbors. Officer Christopher Worley called the Mitchell residence, telling Anthony Mitchell that he needed to enter the house to gain a “tactical advantage.” Mitchell asserted that he wanted nothing to do with that, and hung up the phone.
But the police didn’t listen. Minutes later a group of officers banged on the door. When Mitchell wouldn’t let them in, they broke down the door with a metal ram and pointed their weapons at him. They swore at him and told him to get on the ground. They also allegedly told him to shut off his phone and crawl towards the officers. While he was still lying on the ground, the officers shot at him and his dog with a pepperball gun, hitting him at least three times.
Anthony Mitchell was charged with “obstructing an officer,” but the charges were dropped. His parents, Linda and Michael Mitchell, filed a suit against the police department, charging them with violations of the Third and Fourth Amendment and also with assault, battery, defamation, abuse of process, malicious prosecution, negligence, and infliction of emotional distress.
Condemn the Henderson, Nevada police department for violating the Mitchell family.
We are disgusted at the actions of the Henderson, Nevada task force that invaded the home of the Mitchell family. The Third Amendment states that no soldier should be quartered in anyone’s house; the Fourth Amendment guards citizens against unreasonable searches, and you violated both.
We rarely hear stories as dramatic as the one that brought about the Mitchell’s allegations of assault, battery, defamation, abuse of process, malicious prosecution, negligence, and infliction of emotional distress. Police brutality seems to occur often towards people convicted of dubious charges, but very rarely do you hear about police battering someone who did nothing at all.
We agree with the Mitchell’s lawsuit and we hope it goes through. Then maybe you’ll learn not to do such things anymore.
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