On August 4, 2014, a mother of three minor daughters, those minor daughters (ages 7, 11, and 13 at the time of the incident), and her brother filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs, ...
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On August 4, 2014, a mother of three minor daughters, those minor daughters (ages 7, 11, and 13 at the time of the incident), and her brother filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs, represented by a public interest attorney, asked the court for compensatory relief, claiming that their Fourth Amendment rights were violated during a "violent nighttime home invasion" by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed that, in response to a traffic stop of an individual not living in their home that occurred thirteen days prior, twenty heavily armed MPD officers stormed their home brandishing shields, machine guns, handguns, and body armor in a military-style raid.
On April 5, 2013, MPD officers conducted a traffic stop and found contraband on the biological father of one of the daughters whose license stated that he lived at the plaintiffs' address. The complaint alleges that despite the MPD being told that the suspect did not live at the address and that there was no evidence of the suspect being a drug dealer, the police obtained a search warrant based on those causes. There were no facts connecting the home to the drug activity that was claimed to be occurring there. The complaint claims that obtaining a warrant in this case is reflective of systematic problems with the police procedures for obtaining search warrants that allow police to obtain warrants based on vague statements of their "training" and "expertise," even in the absence of facts.
On April 18, 2013, shortly after 10:00 p.m., the police conducted the raid of plaintiffs' home. The plaintiffs claim that the police burst into the home with shields and weapons and that the mother and two daughters were kept on a couch downstairs. The police handcuffed the younger brother of the mother and pointed guns at his head even though nothing illegal was found on his person or in his room. The police also threw open the shower curtain while the third daughter, an 11-year-old, was showering and pointed a gun at her. Nothing illegal was found in the home.
As of February 2015, this case is ongoing.Brian Dressel - 02/08/2015