Officers Sued For Warrantless Search


“There is nothing worse than putting decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”


“He has to do what he has to do.”
Funny how that only applies when the cop hurts the citizen.


“I don’t know what you did to my officer for him to physically abuse you while your hands were tied behind your back”. What a sociopath.
ANY cop that gets a complaint against them should be heard in court in front of a jury of people they took an oath to protect and serve. NOT just investigated by other BAD cops.
This is one of the few videos that genuinely makes me angry. That cop was deliberately contemptuous toward that woman. They held the husband hostage to coerce her cooperation after injuring him. He knew full well he was violating her rights and her privacy. And what’s he gained? The loss of trust and cooperation of two innocent people.
Cops tried to get into my house once saying they received a 911 call from my house. I told them that nobody in my house called 911, but they were very forceful. After a back and forth for 10 minutes and much anger I told them I was going to sue them if they didn’t leave my property as I’m sure phone records would prove my daughter had been on the phone for over an hour, and there was no possible way that a 911 call had come from my phone, which she verified to them as she was actually still on the phone during the whole incident describing it to her friend. Finally they left. I told them not to come back without a warrant.
I ended up reporting them to the States Attorney General and both of them were fired. They had no call from dispatch sending them to my house to begin with. It turned out that they were just angry with me personally for a post I had made on facebook insulting the local police for being bullies…..they proved my point in spades.
The C- grade is very generous given the fact they did a warrant-less search based on an anonymous call.
It was a very good thing that she said “this is against my will” after she said one could come in. This is a textbook example of duress defense. Which this video went on to prove.
I love when the cops say “it’s on our video camera too” knowing damn well they wrong 😂
How can a police department settle a claim “confidentially” or for an undisclosed amount? Does not FOIA come into play since they are public?
>> In the case of this lawsuit, the court ruled that the officers did not have qualified immunity. So the cops got sued and not the city.
>> As long as the tax payers pay any judgement it gives the police a form of immunity.
I’m pretty sure having the husband in handcuffs untill they let the cops search the house is a reason for her to claim she let them in under duress.
 @Broken TomBot  I agree. The cops knew what they were doing. Most woman would give into police if they take her husband and make her think he will be arrested. And throw him to the ground for walking. The guy had every right to file a lawsuit.He wasn’t doing anything wrong. Just not allowing cops into his home. He didn’t need to be thrown to the ground for walking on his own property either. He never should of stepped outside. There was no reason for it. Man I’d be so mad if it was me in this situation.
The simple answer is they are using duress simply with the threat of consequences for refusal. She was clear. You have no permission, but I can’t stop you. No sane person can call that permission.
 @Shawn Walker  yes exactly. I wouldn’t let a cop in my home for the exact reason she didn’t want to. As soon as you let them in they just do whatever they want and you can’t stop them just like this cop did even though he lied and said he would only check the bedroom. And once the cop is in they don’t just leave when you ask them to. They will stay as long as they want and do whatever they want and act like they just did some great service for you.
If they were truly concerned about the medical health of someone, why would they not bring EMT? Because they knew there was no medical emergency, if there was a medical issue the It would have been the paramedics knocking on the door, if it was a medical emergency at the least there would have been a medic and then maybe cops also. They totally deserve that ‘undisclosed settlement’ money.
Until cops like that have to fear armed men forcing their way into their homes, this will never change.
It doesn’t matter how nicely you ask someone to violate them, it’s still violating them and they knew their rights.
Sounds like someone doesn’t like their daughter dating their son and gave the impending “medical emergency” as a way to claim exigent circumstances to skip a search warrant.
Does her “medical emergency” constitute ‘exigent circumstances’? If she’s a grown-up travelling with the guy on her own freewill, that should not be grounds for them to just claim to absolutely need to go into whoever’s house they fancy.
The fact that no EMS came along or was supposed to reach any time soon proves that the police did not genuinely believe that entry was necessary to prevent physical harm to the lady on the grounds of some alleged medical emergency.
 @philippealexis  I believe the problem is that she’s a minor, so the police have to give her parents’ claims some weight.
Very impressed by how calm and collected the lady filming stayed despite the craziness of the circumstances she endured.
The police has the audacity to use reverse psychology on someone he JUST bullied. Wow!
“You do not have my consent to come in here” And then the officer says: thank you for letting us into your house He thinks that’s that will help him in court
I love how the cop repeatedly lies about the extent of the search. “Trust me, I just need to look in his room. That’s it. Just his room. Oh wait… I mean I need to see that room too. And that room. And that room. AND that room. Oh look, that just happened be the entire house.”
It’s pretty much 100% legal for cops to lie, (and they generally get away with it anyhow even when it isn’t) but what pisses me off is how they clearly don’t see ANYTHING wrong with it. They do it so casually, as if lying to a citizen’s face is no different than talking about the weather.
I love the way they take another 15 minutes of your time after they are done violating you to tell you how they didn’t violate you
you can see the fear in the eyes of the officer after the search. he knows he done goofed, and he knows that if these people make a case out of it both him and his partner is more than likely done in the force, so he tries to convince them that what he did was a minor thing in the grand scheme of things
I love how cops don’t realize when they talk to people after a call they’re trying to self-soothe their own bullshit and not explain it to the citizens.
They always use the same phrase “we’re past that point” when they know that POINT is where they are wrong and they won’t be able to continue, they say “we’re past that point” as a way of saying “we have fast forwarded past your rights
I’m getting a lot of signs you’re not being honest” laying the groundwork of lies for probable cause.
How it should go. Cops “We need to search the house for this guy” Owner “No. Not without a warrent” Cops “Okay. Have a good day.”
The police lied about the search, “we just want to see where he sleeps”, and went beyond that. Had no business handcuffing the home owner, and copsplaining their abused. Cops get an F, home owners get an A for what they were out through.
“Just doing their job and following orders” is no excuse for their abuse of power and violation of rights
I never knew that a man in handcuffs was such a grave threat to officer safety. Why did they handcuff the man to begin with?
>> Putting someone in handcuffs typically makes someone more cooperative. They expect that if they put you in chains, they will quickly get their way because you are vulnerable
 @Kerrymti  Not even mentioned as a suspect. Not even guilt by association. That must be one of their go-to pitches, surely. And then after all of it, the speech he gave, the lecture he repeated to the woman, then the man. Now that they have all that money from the lawsuit, they can upgrade their home and watch that video laughing all the way at the lecture. He talked like he was Mr. Right, but he was Mr. Violator of Rights. Then in the court, the family won the right to ridicule his speech, his lecture at the end. When you do wrong acts like they did, usually one’s speech goes along with it, and stupid begets stupid. I’m just glad the family wasn’t harmed worse. And what happened to these guys and who was the girl they were looking for? Where’s the update?
4:25 How exactly did the handcuffed man “get in to a scuffle” with that officer that wrapped an arm around his head and hip tossed him to the ground?! Both feet planted on the ground and handcuffed is about as docile and vulnerable as one can be.
Can you imagine, this girl has a medical emergency so she’s hiding in the closet. 10/10 detective work.
Or under the dam bed
Sloth – I was detained in Austin TX for four hours, threatened with being hung for double murder and armed robbery. Finally they asked the three witnesses if the perp could be 6’1″, my height. All three said 5’9″ tops. Excellent detective work.
>> The deputy’s should’ve left and returned with a warrant. Just because you wear that badge doesn’t give you right to violate landowners property.

Cops broke into his home without showing a warrant, but what happened next is even worse

Coty Cecil was awaiting repairs on his RV in a West Virginia campground when Milton police started breaking into his home, refusing to show a warrant. Cecil was eventually charged with possession with intent to distribute and transporting drugs over state lines, even though the half-dozen pot plants found in his RV were grown in his home state of Michigan—where they are legal. While looking into the dubious circumstances of Cecil’s arrest, PAR investigated the finances of the small rural community and uncovered some intriguing details about the role policing plays as a revenue engine for the town.

Is It Okay To Defend Against An Unlawful Attack From A Cop?

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This is what happens when cops are not held accountable for their illegal actions and violent behaviour !!!

NEVER open your door to a cop. Make them show you a warrant first.

Cops NEVER see cops as a “viable threat”. This is a technicality that will be used against you in a court of law. You would have to spend a fortune in legal fees in order to gain any leverage.

I wish James would’ve asked “what if they aren’t allowing me close my door at 1am in the morning”. He did ask “if a cop was trying to illegally enter the home….”. But the sheriff’s answer may have been different if asked about not allowing the homeowner shut their door.

This is blatant harassment and it’s all on video. Charge the cops and use the video. Game over. These dirty bullies must be held accountable. Minable time ( 6 months behind bars. )

Would love to hear sheriff Grady’s opinion of this video, seeing that be loves to be on camera. He brags about putting his own deputies in jail for breaking the law, and this video is a perfect example of his deputies breaking the law. What say you sheriff?

James, there’s a video out there showing the 50 going OVER a locked farm gate, along with a sign of no tresspassing, and getting into a shootout with the homeowner. The homeowner was charged and convicted. Even though the dash cam of the cops car shows him climbing over the locked fence. The cop did not have a warrant…he was trespassing on the property illegally but the homeowner was convicted. This video does not do your watchers justice.

It only takes a single court case to set precedence that it’s ok.

Imagine what would happen if they didn’t have a camera!!!!

Make enough noise at the department depicted in this video and those employees will probably go elsewhere. Best way to hurt rotten public services is in their pockets and their resources. As much as physical violence is the most satisfying response, psychological incapacitation will keep you from ending up in prison.

Whether your on the right or left, I would hope you would agree with James on this. Police are abusing their power and are very rarely held to account for their actions. Just because someone wears a badge doesn’t make them a bastion for good. Law enforcement has done a poor job of rooting out the bad cops. The blue code of silence only protects the bad cops. Great job on the video James!

1:30 in the morning at my house, in my neighborhood, those cops would be out numbered and under armed in seconds. They would not think for more than a few seconds about “officer safety” before the situation was realized that they are way past that scenario!

Main point here. A civilian entering your home illegally can be defended against. If it cops doing the same thing it’s a grey area. Better to be abel to prove it she said. Double standard right there. Cops are above the law.

Outward opening doors are great for hurricanes and door kicks… But once open, too easy to hold open.

“We have over aggressive, gung ho, cops. They’re young and want to get their guy. More power to em.” Really? You’re proud of that? That’s terrifying😢

You guys are more patient than I am after the 2nd time this happened I wouldn’t even enter the door door I don’t know what else to say just can’t believe it

I knew they were going to grab him the minute he tried to close the door they were just waiting, I am sorry I would have been going to jail you are not going to stick your foot in my door and not leave.

I would like to see the settlement the city or state will have to pay out on this case because it was 150% illegal and the officers invoved should be charged fired and put on the Brady list so they cant become officers elsewhere

When people settle out of court no precedents can be set

> Laws and precedent mean nothing in a system where the rulers are immune to the law.


James i have a question, why do cops want your ID even when they know you have nothing going on with you they can lock you up for? Why? I dont understand

> They want to be able to ID whoever they want. It allows them to check for warrants and get your name on a report, even if you didn’t do anything wrong. Helps them build a background and keep tabs on you. Some officers are even willing to lie and tell you you HAVE to ID even when they know don’t. Some are just ignorant of the law. Either way, they are trying to violate your 4th amendment right. That’s why it’s so important for people to know their rights

> Power and precieved authoritay. Do as I say,. I’m trained knuckle dragger on roids

One thing I learned no one says you have to answer the door when someone’s knocking or open it.
Do not open your door. “I have nothing to say. Do you have a warrant?” Should be the only words heard out of your mouth. I have nothing to say talk to my attorney. That’s it.
As always never open the door, if they say they have a warrant tell them to put it somewhere outside so you can retrieve it with them backed away, as the cop did once they put there foot in that door it’s over…. I hope the family gets paid, end qualified immunity, cops have to carry personal insurance like doctors…
External doors should always open inwards. That way, someone has to cross the threshold to block the door. The cop would have to “enter” the house in order to keep the door open.
Thank you so much for doing this video. In my country police would be punished more severly for this illegal activity than “private citizen”
The bad thing about those arrest even though they were dismissed is that stays on your record
James, thanks for doing a video about Polk county and Grady Judd. I used to live in Polk and I’m a right of center conservative libertarian who owns guns and is a staunch believer in the constitution and the 2A bigtime. That said, Grady Judd and LE in POLK are not good guys, they regularly violate people’s constitutional rights that they claim to care so much about, they love to lie to people and target them and throw the book at people for minor stupid things that they could simply ignore or write a ticket for. The problem is most people in Polk think because he goes on tv and beats his chest Grady is some kind of right wing hero, there truth is the total opposite. From what I’ve seen, he care’s more about locking up middle-class college kids who have a little bit of marijuana and aren’t bothering anybody and ruining their lives and making money on the deal than catching murderers or rapists. He and his deputies get away with what they do because no one ever takes him and his dept. to task for it. FYI his deputies don’t wear body cams, if they’re so honorable and do everything above boards why wouldn’t they want to wear them, what do they have to hide? Thanks for what you do, please don’t let Grady Judd and his dept. off the hook, please keep scrutinizing them and keep the heat up, there’s a lot of real criminals in Polk who are getting away with real crime and a lot of ordinary people being victimized by Polk LE.

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It can be and it can’t be, if the police have probable cause like they’re in pursuit of an active criminal and see him/her go in a house they don’t need a search warrant.