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.
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.
- Third, Fourth, Whatever (simplejustice.us)
- Third Amendment Case in Nevada! (randazza.wordpress.com)
- “Even the Third Amendment isn’t safe.” (althouse.blogspot.com)
- A Real Live Third Amendment Case (volokh.com)
- Third Amendment Case in Nevada! (excoplawstudent.wordpress.com)