Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have filed a Fourth Amendment lawsuit against Oklahoma police for wrongfully subjecting a reserve police officer to a warrantless entry and search of his home and seizure of his lawful firearms and prescription medications. The search and seizure happened after the reserve officer called police dispatch to report suspicious drug activity near his apartment only to have police treat him like a suspect.
In coming to the defense of reserve police officer Devon Sullivan, Rutherford Institute attorneys sued officials with the Muskogee Police Department for acting without a warrant and without probable case, entering and searching Sullivan’s home, confiscating and keeping his lawfully owned firearms for an extended amount of time, and forcing Sullivan to engage in protracted legal proceedings in order to have his firearms returned to him. Affiliate attorney Andrea Worden is assisting The Rutherford Institute in representing Sullivan
“This cases epitomizes everything that is wrong with the nation’s system of law enforcement. Here is a man — a reserve police officer, no less — who reported suspicious activity to the police only to find himself being subjected to lawless police state tactics,” said constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of Battlefield America: The War on the American People. “The solution is not to give the police special treatment under the law, but to ensure that all Americans are equally afforded the robust protections afforded by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.”
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