Man files suit after ‘terrifying’ FBI raid on wrong house

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, June 16, 2011 19:37 EDT
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A Bellevue, Pennsylvania man is suing a dozen FBI agents for allegedly violating his and his family’s constitutional rights when their home was wrongfully raided by agents wielding assault rifles.

The Pittsburg Tribune-Review reported that FBI agents used a battering ram to enter Gary Adams’ rented home in search of a former resident who was charged with being part of a drug gang.

The agents had an arrest warrant, but no warrant to search the premises.

His fifty-eight-year old wife Denise Adams described the raid as “terrifying.”

The suspect, Sondra Hunter, hadn’t lived at that address for almost two years.

Adams lawsuit, filed Wednesday, alleged that the wrongful raid violated his and his family’s Fourth Amendment right to be free from unlawful search and seizure, and their Fifth Amendment right to due process. The lawsuit added that the FBI officers knew, or should have known, that Hunter had not lived there for some time.

“They had guns on my wife, my babies,” he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I’d like to know how they would feel if that happened to them.”

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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