Friday, February 10, 2012

"I don't have time to play this Constitutional bullshit!"

    (CN) - A depressed Army reservist who made a phone call for help says dozens of police responded by surrounding his home and arresting him, vandalizing and searching his place without a warrant, seizing his dog and killing his tropical fish.
Matthew Corrigan, who lives alone with his dog, sued the District of Columbia in D.C. Federal Court.
Confronted with a massive police presence after his plea for help, Corrigan says, he denied officers permission to enter his house, but they entered and trashed it anyway, saying, "I don't have time to play this constitutional bullshit!"
Corrigan says the debacle started on Feb. 2, 2010.
"Corrigan telephoned what he believed to be the 'Military's Emotional Support Hotline' because he was depressed and had not slept for several days," the complaint states.
"The number Corrigan called was in fact the National Suicide Hotline. When he stated that he was a veteran, he was asked if he had firearms, to which he said yes. He said nothing about being suicidal or using a firearm or threatening anyone. After a short conversation, Corrigan hung up, turned off the phone, took prescribed sleeping medication, and went to bed.
"At approximately 4 a.m. in the morning of Feb. 3, 2010, Corrigan awoke because he heard his name being called over a bullhorn. There were floodlights outside his front and back doors and an estimated 8 police officers in the back yard and 20 in the front yard.
"Corrigan turned on his phone and found that Officer Fischer of the 5th District was calling him, asking him to come out, which he did at about 4:50 a.m., locking the door behind him. He was handcuffed and put in the back of a SWAT truck.
"When Officer John Doe I (upon information and belief, Officer John Doe I is Lieutenant Robert Glover) asked Corrigan for the key to his apartment, he informed the officer: 'There is no way I am giving you consent to enter my place.' Officer John Doe I stated: 'I don't have time to play this constitutional bullshit!' and ordered that Officers John Does II-V, members of the Emergency Response Team (ERT), enter the apartment." (Parentheses in complaint).
Corrigan says police took him to a VA hospital, broke his front door and entered his apartment without a warrant, where they confiscated his guns, vandalized his place and took his dog to an animal shelter.
"Although the officers had no information that there were explosives in Corrigan's home and the home had been secured, John Does VI-X, the Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team, entered Corrigan's home without a warrant and searched for explosives," the complaint states. "The EOD team opened closed containers and used X-ray equipment to search closed containers.
"After the initial warrantless search, the EOD team brought in a dog to search for firearms.
"During the search of Corrigan's home, John Does II-XV seized three firearms and numerous rounds of ammunition for those firearms and others. The three firearms were a rifle, which was unloaded and trigger-locked in a locked hard-side container under his bed, a hand gun which was in a hard case in a drawer in the closet, and another handgun which was in a zipped bag on the shelf at the bottom of a clothes rack (pillows and blankets were on top and next to the bag). The locked cases were taken but the broken latches were left on the floor. The ammunition was stored in a sealed plastic crate and the rest was in boxes, in their original packing, in a milk crate, which was stored under a sleeping bag in a utility closet.
"Corrigan's eyeglasses were broken and thrown in a corner." (Parentheses in complaint).
Corrigan says he spent three days in the VA hospital, because "having weapons pointed at him upon leaving his apartment triggered his PTSD hyper-vigilance and caused irregular heartbeat."
After he was released from the hospital and determined not to be a suicide risk, Corrigan says, police arrested him and put him in jail, where he remained for almost 2 weeks.
"When Corrigan returned to his apartment 16 days after being seized, he found that John Does I-XV had left the front door unlocked and unsecured, had left the electric stove on, had cut open every zipped bag, had dumped every box and drawer, had broken locked boxes from under the bed and the closet, and emptied shelves into piles in each room. All his tropical fish in his 150 gallon aquarium were dead."
Corrigan seeks more than $500,000 in damages for constitutional violations.
He is represented by Richard Gardiner, of Fairfax, Va. 
SOURCE
Link found at the Scary Yankee Chick's place

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And that's pretty much the attitude of every other law enforcement orifice (except one) that I have had the misfortune to encounter. Their whole attitude is that you're either a victim or a crook, no middle ground whatsoever.
Those fucking cops should be fired, every one of the motherfuckers that was on scene and witnessed what happened without intervening.

11 comments:

Slobyskysa Rotchikokov said...

Fired??? FIRED???? They need to be given a speedy trial by citizens, then hanged or shot and buried in mass graves. They are cheap imitations of the Stasi, only worse - because unlike the Stasi, these pieces of shit pretend to take an oath to uphold the Constitution. They are traitors.

Brock Townsend said...

Fry them.

Craig Cavanaugh said...

That's what you get for asking for help. The rest of what I want to say can pretty much be summed up by a pic of Yosemite Sam with steam coming out of his ears...

orbitup said...

That is FUCKED UP!! We need to find this guy and donate some $$ to help him out.

Sarthurk said...

This is why you should not call 911. You never know who they'll send with whatever preconceived notions going into it. I've been faced walking out my front door with deputies on both sides, guns drawn, because they didn't bother to ask first. They wanted to know if I had a gun because of a prank phone call they received. I told them, " maybe I do and Maybe I don't". They didn't like that answer, but they went away. One of them backed me up about 4 months later in a totally different incident, so, they're not all bad, but most of them are paranoid as hell. Unfortunately contempt follows.

Toaster 802 said...

Grumpy Unk pointed out another trip just like this. I have linked to his story and yours.

http://greenmnts.blogspot.com/2012/02/trust-not-there-anymore.html

timbo said...

This story, and so many other similar once, leave me feeling quite nauseous. I never hear of any justice being served in follow up articles. It gets a little worse every day.

Chris said...

"those motherfuckers should be fired"--upon until experation occurs.
There,fixed it for ya.

CIII

chinasyndrome said...

I second Mr Townsend!I am sure being a cop ain't an easy job and have met a few decent ones.But damn everyday you see more and more stories like this. If the motherfuckers don't have time for Constitutional bullshit they don't have time to live in my Country!Fry em,hang em whatever! Oathbreakers!

China
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Dan O. said...

Don't stop with just on-scene officers. Anyone ever involved in training or supervising them should go too.

Anonymous said...

Its gone to the point of fighting back. If it takes a few patriots to sacrifice all and leave an unforgetable mark on these bastards so be it.