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Lawsuit details bad warrant procedures in 2002 raid

Residents of Eugene, Oregon have filed a suit for $25,500 in damages, plus punitive and other damages.

A lawsuit over a controversial 2002 drug raid in Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood claims that police lied to persuade a judge to give them a search warrant to raid three adjacent houses near West Fifth Avenue and Adams Street in search of a marijuana growing operation.

The early morning raid – in which 59 officers used an armored truck and diversionary explosions of “flash-bang” grenades in a militaristic show of force – found no drug operation and resulted in no criminal prosecution.

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The article is quite interesting in that it lists a whole range of specific details and ways that the police purposely misled the judge in order to get the warrant. Read it all. You’ll be amazed.

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