Police

Parents of 20-Year-Old Confidential Informant Who Turned Up Dead To Sue Law Enforcement

Attorney representing Andrew Sadek's family tells Reason they plan to sue the police for fraud and negligence.

|

Andrew Sadek Lawsuit Pending
Reason TV

The parents of Andrew Sadek — the 20-year-old North Dakota college student who in 2014 was found floating in a river with a bullet in his head and wearing a backpack full of rocks after secretly working as a confidential informant (C.I.) — have announced their intention to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Richland County Sheriff Office and the officer who recruited Andrew, Deputy Sheriff Jason Weber.

The family's attorney, Lance Block, told Reason that the family has asked the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) to step aside from the case, which the family feels has been ignored by law enforcement since Andrew turned up dead. The Sadeks have written to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the FBI, requesting their involvement in solving what they believe to be Andrew's murder, but which they say local authorities have speculated was a suicide. 

Sadek, whose tragic story was first covered by Reason TV in 2015 and later cited on the floor of the House by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), was arrested in 2013 after selling $80 worth of marijuana to a confidential informant, then threatened with 40 years in prison unless he agreed to become a confidential informant.

Video footage of Sadek's interrogation shows Weber encouraging the college student to make more "contacts" in the drug trade. Sadek, who had no lawyer representing him, was also ordered to keep his status as a C.I. a secret, including from his parents. 

It wasn't until Andrew's body was found on the Minnesota side of the Red River that his parents learned he had been working as a C.I. Since then, the Sadeks say they have been given no indication that any of the law enforcement agencies who had a hand in busting their son and using him as bait for drug dealers were investigating his death as a potential murder. 

The wrongful death suit will allege both fraud and negligence, Block explained to Reason. He added that the suit will argue that Sadek was lured into becoming a C.I. with lies, and that once he was put in this obviously dangerous and compromised situation, there was no oversight from the officers he reported to. 

Block — who also represented the family of Rachel Hoffman, a Florida college student turned C.I. who was murdered by the drug dealers police had ordered her to buy a gun from — told Reason "of all the cases I've ever looked at, [Sadek's] is the worst case management of a C.I. I've ever seen." 

In 2015, the North Dakota Attorney General's office released a report indicating it had no concerns with how law enforcement handled Sadek's case and suggested only minor reforms (if they can even be called that), such as assigning a supervisor to each case and holding a "Pre-Ops briefing."

Block says the Sadek family is "committed to seeing law enforcement held accountable" for its role in the events which led to Andrew's death, and that "they hope this case will inspire the North Dakota legislature to take action and institute reforms or the abolishment" of first-time offenders being used as C.I.s. 

Watch Reason TV's original report on Andrew Sadek below.

NEXT: Antioch College Learns That Criticizing the Transgender Movement Is Always 'Hate Speech'

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. I hope they bankrupt the whole damn state.

    1. Those poor taxpayers. How about they start with the police union pension fund instead, and then move on to the personal monies of responsible police officers and other governmental employees?

      1. Maybe they should have thought of that before they tacitly supported the war on drugs.

        Nothing like this is going to bankrupt a whole state. But if this happened in my state, I’d be OK with the government having to pay out. Compared to most of the other horrible shit they waste money on, it’s pretty OK. Though it would be better if the officers and others involved had to take personal responsibility for it.

        1. Excuse me? Banning beer for folks old enough to marry and burn women, kids houses and villages to please the Democratic and Republican Congress, then kidnapping and rape-caging them at gunpoint over a non-toxic plant is a war against human life. The same political parties who call this “law enforcement” also believe that murdering doctors and strafing clinics to further violate individual rights are “saving babies.”

          Republican legislators, not pre-beer youngsters, deserve to be shot alongside their hired killers for this.

      2. And since this is North Dakota, I believe some Woodchippers are in order.

        1. But it’s my deal here, Wade.

      3. The cop fund obviously incites to asset-forfeiture looting and murder. It should be awarded to the parents.

    2. empty out their fucking pension

  2. was found floating in a river with a bullet in his head and wearing a backpack full of rocks

    Suicide???

    1. Yep. He shot himself in the head, then put on the backpack and jumped in!

      /FOP spokesman

    2. Yep, that is their story,lol. dumb dumb dumb

  3. “they hope this case will inspire the North Dakota legislature to take action and institute reforms or the abolishment” of first-time offenders being used as C.I.s.

    “… and so, we are proud to sign Andrew’s Law, which redefines ‘first-time offender’ as ‘second-time offender’.”

    1. Jack Ruby was a confidential informant.

    2. They must have some sort of law fining people for suicide, that would make two offenses–plus swimming in the creek. Three strikes, you’re out. It’s the law.

  4. Didn’t these people watch The Wire? Did the cops really give a shit about Bubbles?

  5. Block says the Sadek family is “committed to seeing law enforcement held accountable” for its role in the events which led to Andrew’s death…

    Held accountable to who? It’s not like the people who file criminal charges will against people file criminal charges against each other. And any money from settlements will not in any way affect the compensation of those who caused the guy’s death.

    This is why people invented God. Because only in a fictional afterlife will these criminals with power be held accountable for their deeds.

    1. Talk about a garbled sentence. If only there was a preview button…

      1. If only there was a preview button…

        The process is the punishment.

  6. Fucking murderers. Anyone who would even arrest someone for drug possession deserves what this poor kid got or worse.

    1. They threatened 40 years prison over $80 of weed. Holy hell.

      Always get a lawyer.

  7. I hope they win, but I’m surprised the window of opportunity is still open for this lawsuit. Soveriegn immunity statutes impose some really tight timelines on cases like this (or I thought they did; IAAL, but not that kind).

  8. What really needs to happen is that personal responsibility needs to be restored to the actual individuals who are acting. In other words, make it illegal for governments to indemnify cops.

    “The taxpayers aren’t going to pay for your fuckups.”

  9. I’ve made $76,000 so far this year working online and I’m a full time student.I’m using an online business opportunity I heard about and I’ve made such great money.It’s really user friendly and I’m just so happy that I found out about it.

    Open This LinkFor More InFormation..

    ??????? http://www.selfcash10.com

  10. I’ve made $76,000 so far this year working online and I’m a full time student.I’m using an online business opportunity I heard about and I’ve made such great money.It’s really user friendly and I’m just so happy that I found out about it.

    Open This LinkFor More InFormation..

    ??????? http://www.selfcash10.com

  11. Start making cash right now… Get more time with your family by doing jobs that only require for you to have a computer and an internet access and you can have that at your home. Start bringing up to $12000 a month. I’ve started this job and I’ve never been happier and now I am sharing it with you, so you can try it too. You can check it out here…

    Go to tech tab for more detail… http://www.earnmore9.com

  12. I’ve made $64,000 so far this year working online and I’m a full time student. Im using an online business opportunity I heard about and I’ve made such great money. It’s really user friendly and I’m just so happy that I found out about it. Heres what I do,

    ============ http://www.richi8.com

  13. I’m making over $9k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do…. Go to tech tab for work detail..

    CLICK THIS LINK===== http://www.cashapp24.com/

  14. If the story makes sense, asset-forfeiture looters kidnapped someone not yet old enough to buy beer, gasped in horror at a harmless bit of vegetable matter, then impoverished his parents and threatened to have him confined, raped and beaten for decades unless he snitched on other children-not-of-beer-drinking-age so that they could be kidnapped raped and beaten unless they acted in self defense.
    This is why the death sentence needs to be preserved. Deputy Sheriff Jason Weber should, if the jury is awake, be sentenced to hang by the neck until dead as a deterrent and example to other looting kidnappers and assassins of youth.

  15. $89 an hour! Seriously I don’t know why more people haven’t tried this, I work two shifts, 2 hours in the day and 2 in the evening?And i get surly a chek of $1260……0 whats awesome is Im working from home so I get more time with my kids.
    Here is what i did
    ?????? http://www.nypost55.com

  16. Start working from home! Great job for students, stay-at-home moms or anyone needing an extra income… You only need a computer and a reliable internet connection… Make $90 hourly and up to $12000 a month by following link at the bottom and signing up… You can have your first check by the end of this week….

    Read more on this web site============ http://www.earnmore9.com

  17. with your boss and colleague ..? I basically earn 70 dollars an hour just by copy paste and entering in a certain site…
    why not try online job. I w??t h?r?..www.social36.com

  18. Make 7500 bucks every month? Start doing online computer-based work through our website. I have been working from home for 4 years now and I love it. I don’t have a boss standing over my shoulder and I make my own hours. The tips below are very informative and anyone currently working from home or planning to in the future could use this website…..

    ——————– http://www.richi8.com

  19. I’m making over $9k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do…. Go to tech tab for work detail..

    CLICK THIS LINK===== http://www.cashapp24.com/

  20. Start working from home! Great job for students, stay-at-home moms or anyone needing an extra income… You only need a computer and a reliable internet connection… Make $90 hourly and up to $12000 a month by following link at the bottom and signing up… You can have your first check by the end of this week….

    Read more on this web site============http://www.social36.com

  21. Start working at home with Google! It’s by-far the best job I’ve had. Last friday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this – 4 weeks past. I began this 6-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $97 per hour. I work through this link,
    Go to tech tab for work detail.========== http://www.earnmore9.com

  22. Start making more money weekly. This is a valuable part time work for everyone. The best part work from comfort of your house and get paid from $100-$2k each week.Start today and have your first cash at the end of this week. For more details Check this link??

    Clik This Link inYour Browser
    ? ? ? ? http://www.MaxPost30.com

  23. Start making more money weekly. This is a valuable part time work for everyone. The best part work from comfort of your house and get paid from $100-$2k each week.Start today and have your first cash at the end of this week. For more details Check this link??

    Clik This Link inYour Browser
    ? ? ? ? http://www.MaxPost30.com

  24. I’m making over $9k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do…. Go to tech tab for work detail..

    CLICK THIS LINK===== http://www.cashapp24.com/

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.