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    Over the Top: Cops Raid Two Homes Near Suspect They Already Had in Custody

    ALBUQUERQUE (CN) — Though sheriff’s officers in Albuquerque had had the man they wanted in custody for hours, they made a “military style assault” on two houses with two SWAT teams and an armored car “with a gunner manning a turret,” a disabled black man claims in court.

    Donald Rhodes, 57, sued Bernalillo County, four of its sheriff’s officers and a reserve deputy on Wednesday in Bernalillo County Court. Albuquerque is the county seat.

    Rhodes, who is disabled with a back injury and nerve palsy, says the sheriff used absurdly overaggressive tactics to execute a search warrant related to a man they already had arrested, because the houses are in a predominantly black neighborhood.

    Rhodes, who works part-time when he can as a handyman, says he was caught up in the raid and injured as he helped his “bedridden, elderly neighbor” fix a faulty electrical outlet.
    The sheriff and police were looking for Haskell Lewis on drug charges, Rhodes says in the complaint, and Lewis was “sometimes associated” with Rhodes’s neighbor’s house, and the house next door.

    “Deputies had taken Mr. Lewis — the entire reason for their search — into custody a few hours before the raid began,” according to the complaint.

    Even so, BCSO “evidently felt justified in attacking the properties as if they housed enemy combatants, in order to execute a simple search warrant.”
    [T]he enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table. (Heller, 554 U.S., at ___, 128 S.Ct., at 2822.)

    How long before "going liberal" replaces "going postal"?

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