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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Residents claim raid cost them income

Auburn Citizen, NY

Four area residents served a notice of claim Tuesday stating they suffered lost income because of an Auburn Police Department drug raid April 9.

Ethel Bowman, James W. Smith, Precious U. Wingate and Smith, on behalf of his son, Diondrie, also said in the claim they suffered substantial property loss, police brutality, emotional distress and gross negligence, among other issues.

Seventeen male officers dressed in “camouflage” and “ninja masks” and one unmasked female illegally entered 8 Wallace Ave. at 6:30 p.m. April 9, the claim said.

According to the claim, the four were thrown to the floor and had guns placed to their heads; suffered “harassment and humiliation” for more than an hour; the whole house was searched and furniture was destroyed; police refused to show a warrant, did not wear their badges and did not arrive in marked vehicles.

The plaintiffs are entitled to punitive damages, but the exact amount cannot be determined because the effects of the raid continue, the claim said.


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