The future looks bleak indeed... :shock:
North Coast couple says rights were violated in drug raid
The Associated Press
Article Launched: 09/25/2007 06:06:10 PM PDT
PETALUMA, Calif.â€"A couple whose home was raided by drug agents filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against a police officer and two U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents.
The suit filed by Carl Keane and his girlfriend, Chieko Strange, of Mill Valley, names as defendants Petaluma Police Officer Paul Acconero and DEA agents Seth McMullen and John Silva.
The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, is meant to "redress one of the worst nightmares of any law-abiding citizen," the couple said in their filing.
The three defendants were among a group of DEA agents who burst into the couple's home Dec. 19 using a search warrant signed by a Sonoma County judge for an investigation of a cross-country shipment of six pounds of marijuana.
No drugs, drug residue, money or weapons were found during the search of Keane's house.
Strange, 63, said in the suit that a DEA agent held her down with a boot on her head as agents stormed through the house yelling, "Where are your weapons?" and "You know why we're here."
The couple claim police violated their constitutional rights when they failed to properly announce their presence or identify themselves, didn't have permission to arrest Keane, lacked probable cause to search and used excessive force.