Following the home checkup gone wrong which was the second time Lakeville’s police officers gained national attention, the man who’s house they barged into in the middle of the night to provide a “public service” is demanding a public hearing and if he doesn’t get it, he will pursue legal action.
There was already some discussion here about whether or not this was a justified act. According to the Pioneer Press’ article linked above, the officers have not been disciplined but that Lakeville is planning on reevaluating their policies. While Lakeville City Administrator Steve Mielke believes that this was a justified and well intentioned action, Charles Samuelson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota said that the authorities should only be allowed to enter a home when chasing a suspect or when they have a search warrant. Samuelson also said:
Frankly, I (have) left my garage door open at night,” Samuelson said. “It is distressing the officers felt they had a duty to do this. It’s lucky, in their case, the guy wasn’t armed.
While a decent lawyer and probably even a public defender would have gotten the guy off if the Lakeville police officers had found anything in his house that day, I do fear for our civil liberties when there isn’t a larger public outcry against an event like this. While at first I was on the fence, more or less, now that I look back I really think that this could become a serious issue.
We’ll see if Lakeville responds within the next nine days before Troy Molde moves forward with his threat of legal action. I’m personally behind him 100% but I wonder what the courts will do — probably nothing…