In the early morning hours of February 2, 2010, an Army reservist called
what he thought was an emotional support helpline for veterans after feeling
depressed and deprived of sleep. In truth, he spoke with the National
Suicide Hotline, and after a short conversation that included questions
about whether or not firearms were in his home, he ended the call. He
then took some prescribed sleeping medication and went to bed.
At approximately 4 a.m., the reservist awoke to the sound of police using
a bullhorn calling his name and asking him to come outside. He obliged
and opened the door, where he was greeted by nearly 20 officers on his
lawn. He then walked outside the home and locked the door behind him.
He was promptly handcuffed and put in the back of a SWAT vehicle. One
officer asked for the keys to him home and when he refused, the officer
disregarded his clear refusal to allow officers in his home by ordering
officers to force their way into the home, resulting in what appears to be an .
Once in police custody, the reservist was taken to a hospital for medical
evaluation, and was finally released after several days. Then, upon his
release, the police arrested him again and kept him in custody for more
than two weeks.
When he was eventually allowed to return home, he found that his house
had been horribly damaged and left unlocked and unsecured.
The constitution guarantees certain rights to all American citizens, like
the residents of Baltimore and greater Maryland, where we practice criminal
defense law. We know that the authorities cannot conduct searches of homes
without probable cause, and that the police should be held accountable
when they do.
That’s Not The Help He Wanted