In a recent case against Evansville Police Department, the 7th Circuit found the mistakes made and aggressive action taken in the search
of Louise Milan’s house inexcusable and denied an appeal placed
to defend the actions of the police officers.
Police had evidence that indicated online police threats coming from Mrs.
Milan’s home. The next day, a SWAT team went to search the home.
Police believed that the threats were coming from one of three suspected
males, even though there was no evidence that indicated anyone besides
Mrs. Milan and her two daughters lived there. The officers knocked on
the door to the home, but did not give the residents an appropriate amount
of time to respond. Officers then broke a window and threw two flash bang
The search was recorded on one officer’s helmet-cam and those who
have watched it were disturbed by the aggressive nature of the search.
The only people who were in the home at the time of the search were Mrs.
Milan and her 18 year old daughter, who many believed looked much younger
and smaller than her age. Both woman were handcuffed and brought outside
without restraint. The handling of the two women was unnecessarily harsh
despite their cooperation. The use of flashy bang grenades was extremely
dangerous and only should have been used in necessary situations.
With just a little bit of further investigation, it was revealed that the
threats were coming from a neighbor of Mrs. Milan, Derrick Murray, who
used her Wi-Fi to post the threatening messages. Murray was arrested a
short while after. The courts ruled that in this case, the police department
had made too many mistakes and the unnecessarily aggressive way the search
was conducted was not within protocol. Our Evansville attorneys at
Biesecker Dutkanych & Macer, LLC helped to win this appeal and secure justice against the unnecessary and avoidable aggression of