According to this article over at the Star Tribune, in a third colossal fuck-up, the Lakeville City Council has put its little city on the map again by refusing to hold a public hearing about the home intrusion and possible 4th amendment violation by Lakeville police officers and may now be facing legal action by Troy Molde.
Apparently after consulting with the city’s legal counsel, who of course would want something like this to go to trial, the City Council decided to reject Molde’s request because the city, and their attorney, feel that because the Lakeville police department has a policy, which may be unconstitutional, they are in their rights. Well that, and the fact that the Molde didn’t file a complaint with the police department that may have illegally invaded his home.
I’m not quite sure why the City Council feels that because he didn’t file a complaint with the department, the same department that has a policy that permits this type of action, that it’s just not important enough to hear from the public.
Now that we have had some time to mull over this possible 4th amendment violation and intrusion, have any of you changed your stance on whether or not you feel that this was justified? Personally, at first, I was on the fence but after thinking about it and reading some of the comments on the original post I am now of the belief that this type of action is unjustified and inappropriate and the City and Police Department has a responsibility to Troy Molde and the people of Lakeville to apologize and change their policies to something that might not infringe their residents’ Constitutional rights.