Skip to comments.Chicago cop whose home was raided is awarded $565,000 in damages
Posted on 12/18/2012 10:06:59 PM PST by Altariel
When Chicago police broke into his Austin home with guns drawn and a search warrant, Markee Cooper Sr., a cop himself, and his family could only look on as drawers and closets were searched for crack cocaine based on an alleged informant's tip.
On Friday, a federal jury awarded Cooper and his family $565,000 in damages after finding one officer at fault for a falsified warrant and two others responsible for the illegal 2007 search.
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(Do I really need a sarc tag?)
Did they shoot his Dog?
Looks like it happened in 2007. Five years seems like a long time to resolve.
omfg, if the average citizen who goes through this crap could win an award like this, if they were not shot dead in the invasion.
We have a legal system, not a Justice system. :-/
This cop now knows what it feels like. With that said, it looks like some cops may not have liked the victim. Irregardless, the cop should be given an early retirement or he may end up like Serpico.
Hmmm...I wonder if I can get a crack addicted informant to falsely inform on my home.
Ha, you think a lowly civilian not in “the club” would ever see a six-figure payout?
Officer Sean Dailey, who testified that he secured the warrant based on information from an informant named "Lamar" who told him crack was being sold out of the second-floor apartment in the Cooper's building, was assessed by far the most $100,000. Sgt. Salvatore Reina was found liable for $10,000 and former Lt. Dennis Ross for $5,000. [...]
Cooper's legal team argued that Dailey either made up the informant or was reckless by making no effort to try to verify the tip. They pointed to the sketchy information Dailey initially had about Lamar's background no last name, phone number or address.
Interesting how the War On Drugs attracts the dregs of law enforcement.
You know this actually happened to me about 32 years ago. I was a cocktail waitress at a local hot spot and had gone home and went to bed about 3 am. About 5 am I was woke up by the cops and there were about 6 of them from our local police narcotics force. They came in to my 1 bedroom apt and tore the place apart and treated me like crap while doing it. Lots of nasty and snide comments. I had no idea why. They found 5 whites, they said, (old style speed) in my purse and arrested me. The next day or so an investigator showed up at my county job and threatened me and tried to make a deal with me to give up info on someone I knew. I had no info on the crime they were talking about.
The charges were dropped cause the 5 whites were actually caffeine tablets lol. My attorney said their warrant was based on the fact that an informant had told them I was a major drug dealer. It was all a ruse to get info on the crime they thought I had info on.
Good to see the. CPD dirt balls held personally liable. I hope they end up bankrupt, dead broke, and their kids in the streets begging for crumbs.