‘Cutting Edge Law Enforcement’ — Henderson and North Las Vegas Police Accused of Third Amendment Violations

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house,

without the consent of the Owner,

nor in time of war,

but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

So states, the Third Amendment to the United States Constitution. While violations of this “forgotten” amendment are considered rare, leave it to members of Clark County law enforcement to show us all there isn’t a right protected by the United States Constitution they aren’t willing to violate.

At least that’s what the allegations of the Mitchell family lead us to believe. In a recent federal lawsuit filed by Anthony Mitchell and his parents, Michael and Linda Mitchell, against the Cities of Henderson and North Las Vegas, former Henderson Police Chief Jutta Chambers, NLVPD Chief Joseph Chronister and officers from both departments, the Mitchell’s claim their Third, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated when officers responded to a domestic violence call to a neighboring residence, and demanded entry into Anthony Mitchell’s home in order to gain “a tactical advantage.” Mitchell, preferring not to get involved, denied the police entry.

Former HPD Chief Jutta Chambers

Former HPD Chief Jutta Chambers

The events the  Mitchells’ claim happened next are provided in detail at the Courthouse News Service, and are shocking enough to add Officers David Cawthorn, Christopher Worley and Sgt. Michael Waller to the CCCC’s Officer Hall Of Shame.

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The LVMPD Gets Some National Exposure, But Not In a Good Way

The Killing of Trevon Cole by

LVMPD Detective Bryan Yant is

Today’s “Raid of The Day

Rise of the Warrior CopRadley Balko, senior writer and investigative reporter for the Huffington Post, has extensively covered the erosion of our civil liberties at the hands of an increasingly oppressive criminal justice system. He is currently wrapping up work on his new book “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces.” 

As a prelude to the book’s publication, Balko has been featuring incidents of deadly police aggression he researched for the forthcoming book. Today, Balko took a look at the 2010 killing of Trevon Cole, by Metro’s most famous perjurer, Bryan Yant.

LVMPD's Bryan Yant

LVMPD’s Bryan Yant

Due out in July, but currently available for pre-order, Rise of the Warrior Cop, will take a look at how the implementation of SWAT teams by both the Philadelphia and Los Angeles police departments marked the beginning of a deadly movement by America’s law enforcement away from the friendly public servants of the 1950s to the cops of today who have increasingly come to resemble ground troops who no longer see the American home as the sanctuary our forefathers envisioned, and no longer see themselves in partnership with the community but been conditioned to see the citizens they serve as nothing more than the enemy. The type of police force we saw going door-to-door in Boston in  full combat gear searching homes without a warrant.

Uniformed Sexual Predators — Former Miss Nevada Forced to Bare All for LA Cops

L.A. County Deputies Don’t Know their ABCs

But They Sure Know How to Get Their Rocks Off

Forcing Former Beauty Queen to Bare All

Caleche Ranae Manos, Miss Nevada 2007, was humiliated when  Los Angeles County sheriff’s officers burst into the apartment she shared with her fiance and forced her to walk around her bedroom nude while the watched and made jokes..

Miss Nevada 2007 Caleche Ranae Manos

Manos and her fiancé, Eric Otto Ryder,  shared Apartment “C” in a Santa Monica apartment building which cops were investigating criminal activity, activity the couple was neither aware of or involved in. But on November 15, 2011, while the couple was sound asleep in their bedroom, several members of the LA County sheriff’s department were gathering outside their door, preparing to serve a search warrant. Not a single officer seemed to noticed the large letter “C” on the door. Had they been better versed in their ABC’s they would have realized the warrant they were to serve was for Apartment “A.”

Busting in the door of Manos and Ryder’s home the police quickly entered the bedroom, weapons drawn and woke the couple with shouts and threats of violence. Having no idea why the officers were in their home, the terrified couple feared for their lives as a group of armed thugs forced commandeered their bedroom and began barking conflicting commands.

Eventually L.A’s finest realized that not one among them had a firm grasp over the first three letters of the alphabet and realized they were  in the wrong place. However, this realization came after officers ordered the former beauty queen to reenact her winning swimsuit competition, just without the swimsuit.

As  Manos complied with the officer’s orders to get out of bed despite having slept in the nude. they cops joked about what a story this would make over the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday. However, Manos and Ryder may just get the last laugh. They are currently suing the Los Angeles County and its Sheriff’s Department and taxpayers may end up paying dearly for the adolescent voyeurism of a few illiterate cops.

The suite claims that at “no time did the sheriff deputies offer an apology for the detainment, humiliation, rough treatment, and horror attendant to their invasion of the plaintiffs’ home without any probable cause.”

Manos and Ryder seek damages for negligence, false imprisonment and violations of civil rights and Constitutional violations. Manos also accuses the deputies of sexual harassment and discrimination, saying they only ordered her to get out bed naked because she is a woman.

In addition to seeking damages for negligence, false imprisonment, and civil rights and Constitution violations, Manos is accusing the deputies of sexual harassment, saying they only made her leave the bed because she’s a woman.

Manos “suffered and continues to suffer emotional distress, humiliation, mental anguish, and embarrassment,” as a result of the incident, according to the complaint.

America Under Fire — Texas Has Executed Another Innocent Man.

Carlos DeLuna Never Stopped Telling Authorities,

“I didn’t do it, but I know who did.”

Turns Out He Was Right, but Texas Killed Him Anyway.

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After years of investigation the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, has gathered a stack of evidence 10 feet high indicating not only was Carlos DeLuna innocent of  the 1983 murder of Wanda Lopez, he knew who really killed her. Even more shocking is that it seems key members of the prosecution knew he was telling the truth.

Los Tocayos Carlos, a book-length monograph and comprehensive website published by Columbia has  made all the evidence available (crime-scene photoslaw enforcement and court records,newspaper and TV coveragepolice audiotape of the manhunt ending in DeLuna’s arrestvideotaped interviews,) so readers can decide for themselves.

Sadly this is not an isolated incident.  There is very strong evidence to suggest Texas has killed four other innocent men since 1976.

And that’s just Texas, which is not the only state killing people where the evidence points to their innocence,.
and most recently
  • Troy Davis Georgia Conviction: 1991, Executed: 2011
And there are many more where the evidence doesn’t point to actual innocence, but does cast considerable doubt on their guilt. So, then how can we continue to implement a program that is not only more expensive than every alternative,  has absolutely no effect as a deterrent to murder and takes the life of the innocent?