An Iraq War Veteran’s Fourth Amendment rights have been upheld in a D.C. Circuit Court. Matthew Corrigan, a PTSD-suffering veteran was the victim of over reacting police and hotline personnel. His home was ransacked twice in a matter of hours. It was an is an unreasonable abuse of power.
As Written By David Rosenthal for the Daily Signal:
The Fourth Amendment is still alive and well, thanks in part to a recent ruling from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
In a Nov. 8 opinion, the court overruled a lower court decision and held that an Iraq War veteran, 1st Sgt. Matthew Corrigan, may pursue his claim for monetary damages against the District of Columbia and certain individual police officers after those officers violated his Fourth Amendment rights by ransacking his house—twice.
Corrigan is a U.S. Army reservist who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after having trained soldiers in Fallujah from 2005-2006. Following his tour in Iraq, Corrigan returned home to his apartment in a quiet corner of Washington, D.C.
In February 2010, Corrigan intended to place a call from his home to a counseling hotline for veterans, but inadvertently called the national suicide hotline instead.
When Corrigan informed the hotline volunteer that he was a veteran diagnosed with PTSD, the volunteer asked if he owned a gun. Unsurprisingly, the seasoned war veteran confirmed that he owned several.
The volunteer responded by asking Corrigan to “put [the guns] down,” which were not out in the first place. Corrigan explained that his guns were safely stored, but the volunteer was undeterred.
The volunteer next asked Corrigan if he intended to hurt himself or anyone else. Corrigan responded, “No.” After it became apparent that he was not receiving ….
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