Henderson, Nevada police arrested a family for refusing to let them use their home during an investigation into their neighbors in 2011. Now, Anthony Mitchell and his parents Michael and Linda Mitchell are suing the Henderson, its Police Chief, six of its officers and North Las Vegas and its Police Chief in Federal Court.
Although plaintiff Anthony Mitchell was lying motionless on the ground and posed no threat, officers, including Officer David Cawthorn, then fired multiple ‘pepperball’ rounds at plaintiff as he lay defenseless on the floor of his living room,” reads the complaint. “Anthony Mitchell was struck at least three times by shots fired from close range, injuring him and causing him severe pain.”
Officers then arrested him for obstructing a police officer, searched the house and moved furniture without his permission and set up a place in his home for a lookout. The family’s claim includes the ‘Third Amendment’ violation: “No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”
This is what the ‘police state’ looks like — and if you don’t start protecting your civil rights, now — it’ll only get worse.