Bad Cop Raids' Policy Implications: Big Taxpayer Payouts, Like $4 Million to a Lancaster Couple Cops Shot

Even for law and order conservatives who might not care about those precious "rights" often violated by overbearing police tactics should remember: they can be very fiscally unconservative, as see this story from CBS Local Los Angeles:

A Lancaster couple has been awarded over $4 million nearly three years after deputies invaded their home and opened fire.

Sheriff’s Deputies Christopher Conley and Jennifer Pederson were searching for a parolee-at-large in October 2010 when they raided the makeshift residence of Angel Mendez and his wife, Jennifer, without a warrant, court records show.

The couple was shot more than a dozen times.

The male victim was forced to have his leg amputated as a result of his injuries. He was holding a rifle-style BB gun at the time of the raid.

His wife, who was pregnant at the time, suffered a shattered collar bone.

The couple filed suit in 2011, alleging excessive force and federal civil rights violations....

U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald...concluded the deputies “violated Mr. and Mrs. Mendez’s constitutional right to be free from an unreasonable search based on the manner of entry”....

Angel and Jennifer Mendez were awarded a respective $3.8 million and $222,000, their attorney said.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Fiscal conservatives who also happen to be law and order conservatives cannot be held responsible for activist judges who find constitutional protections in the most unlikely of places: between a cop and his target.

  • Almanian!||

    I try never to get between a cop and his target. Or to be the target. I'm a puss like that.

  • SomeGuy||

    don't worry over 60% will be gotten back in taxes -_- 43% for federal income plus 10%? CA income tax plus sales tax for whatever they buy with it and probably some others too -_- so make that less than 2 million they will get

  • The Late P Brooks||

    U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald...concluded the deputies “violated Mr. and Mrs. Mendez’s constitutional right to be free from an unreasonable search based on the manner of entry”....

    How magnanimous.

    Strange- I see nothing about the deputies being ordered to stand trial for attempted murder.

  • CE||

    If you held individual policemen responsible for every dog or innocent person they shot, it would have a chilling effect on their ability to shoot actual evildoers on sight, thus making us all less safe.

  • SomeGuy||

    at at least what they say ^^ I would feel safer if they were ^^ Never know if i will get shot for scratching my butt or crotch you know?

  • SomeGuy||

    at at least what they say ^^ I would feel safer if they were ^^ Never know if i will get shot for scratching my butt or crotch you know?

  • John||

    Last I looked violating someone's civil rights is a crime. These clowns should be in jail. And they should be personally liable paying the judgement.

  • Almanian!||

    AND NOTHING ELSE HAPPENED

  • SugarFree||

    U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald...concluded the deputies “violated Mr. and Mrs. Mendez’s constitutional right to be free from an unreasonable search based on the manner of entry”....

    But shooting them a dozen times didn't violate any laws whatsoever.

  • Tommy_Grand||

    "Even for law and order conservatives who might not care about those precious "rights" often violated by overbearing police tactics..."

    You are correct, of course, but this ^ might not be the ideal phrasing if the goal is to recruit such individuals.

  • sarcasmic||

    If there was a settlement then I assume that the police department admitted to no wrongdoing and that the officers received medals for their heroism in shooting a pregnant woman.

  • Homple||

    Actually, they got marksmanship medals and citations for bravery under fire.

  • ||

    Even when the cops are successfully sued, they still manage to send the message "you get to shoot people with impunity, just make sure you enter their dwelling the correct way". No wonder the worst possible people gravitate towards the position. It's made for them.

  • sarcasmic||

    I've never understood why they are referred to as "the finest" when clearly the opposite is true.

  • CE||

    Marketing. See "Greenland".

  • ||

    To Protect & Serve Go Home at the End of Shift

  • jasno||

    So $4million was the payout but what was the total cost to the city? How much in attorney's fees and the investigation cost? It might be worthwhile for Reason to figure out the total taxpayer costs which are likely much higher.

  • Invisible Finger||

    Is the $4 million payout one lump sum or $200,000 over 20 years?

  • PapayaSF||

    when they raided the makeshift residence

    Huh? Were they living under a bridge?

  • Drake||

    That word caught my attention too. A cardboard box? A tepee?

  • jamesrk||

    "He and his wife, Jennifer, were homeless, living in a shack on their friend's land in Lancaster when deputies came on to the property looking for a parolee, who was not there."

    http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/st.....id=9206843

  • CE||

    So they weren't homeless.

  • jamesrk||

  • thom||

    My next door neighbor's house was raided this morning. When I heard the police radios outside my window at 5:30 in the morning, the first thing I did was get up and secure my dog.

  • Swiss Servator - past LTC(ret)||

    Wise decision.

  • CE||

    It's not like these police raids happen every day. Oh wait.

  • MappRapp||

    Sounds like your average cops to me dude.

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