Alabama Woman Sues Over Police Search Damage to Home

July 10, 2013

  • July 10, 2013 at 1:32 pm
    Bob says:
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    Not certain which side is being unreasonable but as it appears that law enforcement damaged the premises they should pay to put it back to the condition they found it. Mediation would be a far less expensive solution to resolve the difference in opinion on cost rather than a suit.

  • July 10, 2013 at 3:53 pm
    Old Lawman says:
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    NY has such agreement that if damaged, property will be repaired at the expense of the city. Not sure if this city has simular law. It would be nice to know if the person that the police were looking for was found in the house and if so was this woman arrested for her part.

    • July 11, 2013 at 11:33 am
      Baxtor says:
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      Have we found out yet if he was in the house or not? If so, and she was housing him, then too bad. If he broke in and hid in someone’s house and wouldn’t leave, then someone needs to fix it. Sad state of affairs as we all know the criminal never has money to fix what they caused.

  • July 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm
    Wondering says:
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    Why is she suing the governments? Doesn’t have enough money for insurance, but does for attorney fees? I know, contingencies, but it sure begs the question. Would there not be subrogation possibilities?

    • July 11, 2013 at 11:57 am
      Blondie2 says:
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      Isn’t there a Governmental Action Exclusion under a HO policy?

  • July 11, 2013 at 11:41 am
    bob says:
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    IJ didn’t provide us with enough information to decide who is right and who is wrong. If she was harboring the fugitive and associated with him, then they had a right to enter her premises. And if that were the case, I doubt they are liable for the damages.
    as far as insurance is covered, a homeowners policy has a specific exclusion for “damage done by governmental authorities”.

  • July 18, 2013 at 4:33 pm
    Sherinae says:
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    This is from the TimesDaily.com. I remember when this happened. The police looked like idiots. They stood outside the home for hours before they went in. But they were tipped that he was there and since he had murdered people in cold blood, they were not taking chances.
    “Only later did police determine that Leonard wasn’t inside the home at the time; he surrendered at the federal courthouse and was arrested in a shooting that left three people dead in Auburn, including two former Auburn University football players.”
    “Police surrounded a brick home in a Montgomery neighborhood on June 11, 2012, based on tips that Leonard was hiding inside. They swarmed the home with tear gas, spy gear and assault rifles and knocked holes in ceilings because they believed Leonard was hiding in the attic. A tense, nine-hour search that drew national attention finally ended after authorities determined the man left the home before they ever arrived. Ward’s lawsuit said that while she owns the house, renters were living there at the time. The home was uninhabitable for a year after officers fired more than 30 tear gas canisters inside; ripped apart the heating and cooling system; and left insulation strewn throughout the residence, the lawsuit said.The house had to be gutted because tear gas permeated building materials, according to the lawsuit”



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