God-cursed miserable little bastards.
Original post here; guy wants his property back, but the Medford Police are playing more games with his life:
Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said police try to return found, stolen or seized property to its rightful owner as soon as possible and have a procedure for doing so. If the property was seized as evidence, courts have the final say on when it can be returned.
Hansen declined to discuss Pyles' request, but described the department's process, which can take several weeks. Processing weapons takes longer than other items, he said.
When a person requests the release of property held by police, first the officer handling the case confirms that the item is no longer needed for the investigation, he said. Property control specialists confirm the owner's identity, then, for weapons, send information to Oregon State Police to determine if the person can legally have the weapon. OSP checks criminal records and looks for medical holds that might block gun ownership, Hansen said. Local police check additional municipal court records.
Let's see: they take him into custody with no actual charge, seize his property. Now, even though
A: They no longer 'need' them for evidence,
B: You know damned good and well they've already given the guy an anal check for ANYTHING they might be able to use against him, and found nothing, which means
C: They're doing this purely to screw with his life some more. Which apparently these sorry excuses for lawmen find amusing.
Followup found at Uncle
Update: got this in comments from Stratford:
I believe the firearms were returned on March 12th. I can't find the story in the Medford Mail Tribune right now, but on Saturday they posted a story that noted that he had sent the media an email that the guns had been returned in a "professional manner".
I don't know what to make of the speed with which it happened. Seems almost like an admission of guilt by the police. It appears someone is doing a lousy job of cya on this one.