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Pair Sue Over Search By Drug Task Force Agents
Helena Independent Record ^ | Oct. 23, 2005

Posted on 10/29/2005 4:14:47 PM PDT by Wolfie

PAIR SUE OVER SEARCH BY DRUG TASK FORCE AGENTS

POLSON - Two former Plains residents have filed suit in District Court in Missoula over alleged mistreatment by Northwest Drug Task Force agents, who searched their home for marijuana two years ago.

No criminal charges resulted after agents searched the home of Gabrielle Wescott and her daughter Annabelle Heasley on July 29, 2003.

According to the complaint, the women were mistreated, threatened, cursed at and terrorized during the raid by "three men dressed entirely in black with black hoods over their faces."

"At no point did any of these individuals identify themselves as law enforcement officers or members of the Northwest Drug Task Force," the lawsuit alleges.

The suit names as defendants 21 law enforcement agencies in five counties and "John Does 1-100." It says the women incurred medical expenses and suffered panic attacks and emotional distress, and seeks more than $1 million in damages.

The women's attorneys, Milton Datsopolous and Clinton Kammerer, did not return calls for comment.

Sanders County Attorney Bob Zimmerman also had no comment Monday, other than to confirm that he had referred the lawsuit to the county's insurance attorneys.

The Northwest Drug Task Force consists of officers from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Sanders and Mineral county sheriff's offices.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Jan. 5, but no trial date has been set. The plaintiffs, who now live in LaCenter, Wash., have requested a jury trial.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: wodlist; wodlsit
Could be trouble. I'm thinking Montana might be one of the few places in the States that remember what freedom feels like.
1 posted on 10/29/2005 4:14:48 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

but she might have had drugs according to an anoymous tipster.

One day I hope the DEA folks have as high a place in American thought as "the revenuers" do from the moonshine era.

End prohibtion already.


2 posted on 10/29/2005 4:19:20 PM PDT by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: Wolfie

WOD - giving cops a bad name since 1918.


3 posted on 10/29/2005 4:25:44 PM PDT by Lexington Green (Tell 'em lies and feed 'em candy...)
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To: Wolfie

I thought this kind of behavior by LEOs was illegal...


4 posted on 10/29/2005 4:27:02 PM PDT by thoughtomator (Ninety-nine Republican Arlen Specters arenít worth one Democratic Zell Miller)
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To: thoughtomator

The huge SWAT type raids are supposed to cut down on police casualties, but this one sounds dumb; why not wait until both people were out of the house, arrest them, then go raid an empty house.


5 posted on 10/29/2005 4:29:30 PM PDT by drlevy88
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To: thoughtomator

They do stuff like that here in NE Louisiana all the time. They figure that most of the folks they mess over don't have the money or initiative to take them to court and they are usually right.


6 posted on 10/29/2005 4:30:33 PM PDT by cajun-jack
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To: drlevy88

what would be the fun in that? And I do think that is part of it.


7 posted on 10/29/2005 4:38:14 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (di hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: Lexington Green

No knock searches, seizure without due process.....

WOD, giving cops an excuse to earn a bad name since 1918


8 posted on 10/29/2005 4:48:08 PM PDT by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: Wolfie

So where did the tip come from that lead to the search?

Evil neighbor? A mad relative? They had to have some info that lead them to search the house.

If I were these people, I think I would like to know that information. Another lawsuit could be in order.


9 posted on 10/29/2005 4:50:38 PM PDT by Peace will be here soon ((Liberal definition of looting: "Self-help Humanitarian Aid."))
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To: Peace will be here soon

lead = led.


10 posted on 10/29/2005 4:51:31 PM PDT by Peace will be here soon ((Liberal definition of looting: "Self-help Humanitarian Aid."))
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To: Wolfie

"The suit names as defendants 21 law enforcement agencies in five counties and "John Does 1-100." It says the women incurred medical expenses and suffered panic attacks and emotional distress, and seeks more than $1 million in damages."

Too bad this is not on a non-drug thread. We would all be here talking about the ambulance chasing lawyers and their 'get-rich quick" clients ....


11 posted on 10/29/2005 4:54:22 PM PDT by WildTurkey (True Creationism makes intelligent design actually seem intelligent)
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To: drlevy88

"The huge SWAT type raids are supposed to cut down on police casualties, but this one sounds dumb; why not wait until both people were out of the house, arrest them, then go raid an empty house"

Doing smart things like that do not provide justification for all the latest SWAT equipment, or forming your own SWAT team.

Dramatic raids for the evil weed means your friendly neighborhood narco swat team looks like it's actually worth all the money and loss of freedom.


12 posted on 10/29/2005 4:55:06 PM PDT by flashbunny (Ask yourself why some posters here use the term "uber conservative" like it's some kind of slur.)
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To: WildTurkey

Why did they stop with John Doe #100? Is there some law that you can't sue more than that without making it a class action?


13 posted on 10/29/2005 4:56:21 PM PDT by drlevy88
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To: WildTurkey

Reality check:

'ambulance chasing lawyers' making money off a voluntary transaction (mcdonalds made me fat, etc etc etc) is much different from a lawyer suing an out of control government agency, where the victim really has no say in being involvedi n the matter.

Sometimes a lawsuit is the only way for government to be held in check.


14 posted on 10/29/2005 4:58:18 PM PDT by flashbunny (Ask yourself why some posters here use the term "uber conservative" like it's some kind of slur.)
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To: flashbunny
Reality check:

My bad. Reality check. Drugs good, government evil. Lawyers good, government evil. ACLU good, governement evil. 9th District court good, government evil.

15 posted on 10/29/2005 5:20:03 PM PDT by WildTurkey (True Creationism makes intelligent design actually seem intelligent)
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To: Wolfie

no knock - no announcement - hooded felons with guns?

My shotgun (kept very handy) would be blasting them until the end. They would have deserved every shot.

We used to live in America, the Beautiful - now ..... ?


16 posted on 10/29/2005 5:55:55 PM PDT by soltice
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To: Wolfie

This business of people in government not identifying themselves is very troubling.
No identification means no accountability.
They did the right thing in suing everyone.
The next thing we need to do is find a way to remove their indemnification.
As soon as we take the houses of a few of these thugs, official misbehavior in America will drop off.


17 posted on 10/29/2005 6:01:43 PM PDT by henderson field
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To: WildTurkey

Litigous ambulance chasing scumbag lawyers have screwed up this country SEVERELY from everything to the labels on the food we eat t me giving one of the little kids I coach in softballl a hug for doing a good job.

These people don't need an ambulance chasing scumbbag lawyer, they need a constitutional scholar lawyer of the highest caliber to screw the living bejeezus out of everyone involved in this strauight up travesty of "law enforcement"

BTW, I have no problem with most drugs being illegal.


18 posted on 10/29/2005 6:06:30 PM PDT by ctlpdad (What IS our exit policy in the War on Poverty?)
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To: WildTurkey
I'll highlight where you are correct:

My bad. Reality check. Drugs good, government evil. Lawyers good (in this case, defending citizens rights), government evil. ACLU good, governement evil. 9th District court good, government evil.

19 posted on 10/29/2005 6:11:11 PM PDT by ctlpdad (What IS our exit policy in the War on Poverty?)
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To: WildTurkey

Sarcasm / reality check:

Constitution good. overreaching government evil.

Those founding father guys were just a bunch of pot smoking hippies - why else would they have put so many restrictions on the government???


21 posted on 10/29/2005 6:59:06 PM PDT by flashbunny (Ask yourself why some posters here use the term "uber conservative" like it's some kind of slur.)
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To: ctlpdad

"...government evil..."

"Government" in and of itself is no more evil than "guns are evil."

Governments and guns are means to an end; tools with which to accomplish something. "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men..." and all that.

The problem is evil people using government or guns (or both) for evil purposes.


22 posted on 10/29/2005 7:01:25 PM PDT by KrisKrinkle
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To: WildTurkey
Drugs good none of government's business, government that sticks its nose where it doesn't belong evil.
23 posted on 10/29/2005 9:32:52 PM PDT by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: Wolfie

It's also a place where this kind of activity by Police Officers can end up in a real gunfight.


24 posted on 10/29/2005 9:35:07 PM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (3-7-77 (No that's not a Date))
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