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Old 10-30-2019, 02:27 PM
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Default Police blew up an innocent manís house in search of an armed shoplifter. Too bad, ...

I feel that anytime law enforcement destroys someone's property the owner of that property should be compensated. The city should have compensated the owner for the damage and tried to recoup the costs from the suspect either through fines, community service or both.


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When they were finished, it looked as though the Greenwood Village, Colo., police had blasted rockets through the house.

Projectiles were still lodged in the walls. Glass and wooden paneling crumbled on the ground below the gaping holes, and inside, the familyís belongings and furniture appeared thrashed in a heap of insulation and drywall. Leo Lech, who rented the home to his son, thought it looked like al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Ladenís compound after the raid that killed him.

But now it was just a neighborhood crime scene, the suburban home where an armed Walmart shoplifting suspect randomly barricaded himself after fleeing the store on a June afternoon in 2015. For 19 hours, the suspect holed up in a bathroom as a SWAT team fired gas munition and 40-millimeter rounds through the windows, drove an armored vehicle through the doors, tossed flash-bang grenades inside and used explosives to blow out the walls.


The suspect was captured alive, but the home was utterly destroyed, eventually condemned by the City of Greenwood Village.

That left Leo Lechís son, John Lech ó who lived there with his girlfriend and her 9-year-old son ó without a home. The city refused to compensate the Lech family for their losses but offered $5,000 in temporary rental assistance and for the insurance deductible.

Now, after the Leches sued, a federal appeals court has decided what else the city owes the Lech family for destroying their house more than four years ago: nothing.

On Tuesday, a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit unanimously ruled that the city is not required to compensate the Lech family for their lost home because it was destroyed by police while they were trying to enforce the law, rather than taken by eminent domain.
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Default Re: Police blew up an innocent manís house in search of an armed shoplifter. Too bad,

In a just world, those apes in police uniforms, the baboon judges, and the city officials who denied the compensation would pay with their skins being flayed from their bodies and salt rubbed in, after all their assets had been confiscated and handed over to the man.

All snowflake defenses for the "law" and for the city will be ignored. My opinion, and I'm sticking to it.
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On Tuesday, a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit unanimously ruled that the city is not required to compensate the Lech family for their lost home because it was destroyed by police while they were trying to enforce the law, rather than taken by eminent domain.
This is beyond horrible...

THIS just opened the door for local communities to intentionally destroy property they would like to have by declaring the destruction was all in the line of duty...and then the person suing would have to prove that it was not...
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This is so obviously wrong that it's hard to even understand how it happened.


I'm not familiar enough with law or this case but I really find it hard to imagine that jury would have ruled this way, this had to be "Judge only" cases.
I hope they are able to take the case higher and get some high powered probono help.
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