Lawsuit over Muncie Raid Emphasizes How Unlawful Search Victims Can Find Legal Remedy

Despite the growing obviousness of the failure of the War on Drugs on ending drug use, law enforcement at both the federal and local levels has continued its efforts relatively unchecked. Not only are drug stings a frequent sight in many urban as well as rural areas across the US, but surprise drug raids seem to be making headlines almost every other week.

If you took the time to follow any of those links, you’ll notice a pattern also emerging: the more drug raids occur, the more botched drug raids occur. The articles above link to a number of police killings that have resulted from surprise raids for any number of reasons, which could hardly be unexpected. After all, breaking down a door without warning will probably frighten the occupant, and places officers and SWAT team members in danger as occupants move to protect their homes from intruders.

One woman from Muncie, Indiana is filing a lawsuit over such a surprise raid conducted on her home last summer. The caretaker for a disabled child, the women alleged that she and the child were “intimidated” and injured when officers “burst” into her home. The suit also claims that the officers entered her home unlawfully without a warrant, holding she and the child “at gunpoint.”

The woman also claims that she was accused of being a criminal, restrained and then falsely imprisoned. Though the Star-Press gives no specific details of what the woman was charged with and how the officers handled her arrest and imprisonment, her allegations follow the tone and description of many similar stories that occur nearly daily throughout the US.

The Muncie Police Department, through its chief of police Deborah Davis, said that documentation of the raid had not been found yet, though the department was following up on the issue. It is not clear what will happen in this case, but the woman’s allegations are serious and will be taken seriously as the investigation and lawsuit proceed.

Those who have been subject to unlawful searches and seizures should know that legal recourse is available for those in this position. Searches with no warrant are prohibited by the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution, though the circumstances surrounding illegal searches can be complicated.

For much more on proper search procedures and illegal search and seizures, visit our search and seizure guide.

A criminal defense can advise you in greater detail concerning a search that may have been conducted unlawfully, and can also advise you if any incident occurred during the search.