for their criminal acts, and then sued. And have to pay the award out of their own damn pocket.
Geoffrey Asher just returned home from buying auto parts, and after coming out of a shed where he stored the parts, a sheriff's deputy was pointing a gun at him.
He didn't know the deputy had followed him for speeding, and officers didn't have the right to arrest him, then break into his home to search for evidence of crimes they had no reason to believe he even committed.
Bad, right? Just wait:
But Asher never agreed to a search, and the Lumpkin County sheriff and his deputies spent seven hours rummaging though his home before they got a judge to sign a warrant, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Gainesville.
He told the deputy to holster his gun if all he wanted was to write a speeding ticket, and when the deputy threatened to shoot him in the head, Asher told him to calm down and "wait for adult supervision," according to Karzen.
Deputies searched Asher's pickup and found handguns, all legally owned and which he used for target shooting, the attorney said.
Lumpkin County Sheriff Mark McLure soon arrived and used a credit card to slip the lock of Asher's front door, according to court documents.
Sheriff McLure, you are a disgrace to that badge you wear. You should be fired immediately. The same for your fellow sorry excuses for lawmen that were your deputies.
"Most of what I've seen were reasonable, honest mistakes by good cops," he said. "This was the first time I was involved in a situation where law enforcement officers knowingly violated someone's rights and lied about it in court."
Assuming the EffingBI and DoJ don't prosecute these people for the violations of rights, I'd think they could be prosecuted on the state level for perjury since they lied under oath. And they should be.