In Kentucky, a new lawsuit accuses Louisville police of conducting a frightening and unwarranted raid that was prompted by nothing more than a whiff of marijuana.
The suit has been brought by Ashlea Burr and Mario Daugherty, a couple who say they were getting their three children ready for school one morning last October. It was then that officers allegedly came barreling through the door and held Daugherty to the ground, while holding the others at gunpoint.
A total of 14 Louisville Metro Police SWAT officers were apparently involved in the raid, which included the use of explosive devices. What prompted such a dramatic operation? According to a search warrant, which was detailed by local TV station WDRB, a detective had smelled marijuana around the house on separate occasions, giving him reason to believe that cannabis was being grown there. But the suit says that the man and woman named on the search affidavit do not even live at the home that was raided.
Lawsuit Names Multiple Defendants
The lawsuit has been filed against the city of Louisville, detective Joseph Tapp, and various other SWAT officers involved in the raid. “It is completely unreasonable to execute a warrant that vaguely