Brad Dicken reports on a case in Ohio where a police officer is suing over what he claims was an illegal search and seizure:
Former Lorain police officer Joseph Montelon sued the city, Lorain Police Chief Cel Rivera and two other police officers in federal court on Friday, accusing them of violating his constitutional rights during a raid on his Wickliffe home two years ago.
The search, which took place Aug. 28, 2008, was meant to recover evidence that Montelon was the author of a string of highly critical letters aimed at Rivera and other Lorain police officers. Police also were seeking information on the person within the Lorain Police Department who was funneling internal police information to Montelon, according to the affidavit police used to obtain the warrant.
In the lawsuit, Montelon’s lawyer, Terry Gilbert, wrote that Lorain police Detective A.J. Mathewson, who also is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, misled Lake County Common Pleas Judge Vincent Culotta when he wrote the affidavit that convinced the judge to issue the warrant.
Read more in the Chronicle-Telegram.