Sunday, February 12, 2012

Depressed Army reservist attacked by police after calling for help

There are a ton of abuse cases with police and swat teams so this is no surprise if you follow these kind of things. But if you don't then this may be a shocker.

A DC army reservist called out for help but instead what he got was close to two dozen police surrounding his home and illegally searching him, his home and all without a warrant leaving his home vandalized.

"Matthew Corrigan, who lives alone with his dog, says in his suit that he called what he thought was a military emotional support hotline in February 2010, but which actually turned out to be the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, after feeling unusually depressed for several days.

"When he stated that he was a veteran, he was asked if he had firearms, to which he said yes. He said nothing about being suicidal or using a firearm or threatening anyone. After a short conversation, Corrigan hung up, turned off the phone, took prescribed sleeping medication, and went to bed," says the complaint.

About 4 a.m. the next morning, Corrigan awoke to a sea of police officers who had surrounded his home and were calling his name on a bullhorn. "There were floodlights outside his front and back doors and an estimated 8 police officers in the back yard and 20 in the front yard," says the complaint.

Corrigan says he then "turned on his phone and discovered that Officer Fischer of the 5th District was calling him, asking him to come out," says the complaint. He complied around 4:50 a.m., locking the door behind him, and was immediately handcuffed and placed in the back of a S.W.A.T. vehicle."

"A police lieutenant then asked Corrigan for keys to his place, to which the Army reservist replied, "There is no way I am giving you consent to enter my place." The complaint then states that the officer, identified as one Lt. Robert Glover, allegedly replied, "I don't have time to play this constitutional bullshit!" and ordered several other officers who belonged to the department's Emergency Response Team enter Corrigan's home.

While police were confiscating his guns, vandalizing his home and taking his dog to an animal shelter, they took Corrigan to a VA hospital, says the complaint. Moreover, officers from the department's EOD - Explosives Ordinance Disposal - team also entered his home, though there was never any information about, or indication of, explosives in Corrigan's home."



He spent 3 days in a VA hospital because according to him "having weapons pointed at him upon leaving his apartment triggered his PTSD hyper-vigilance and caused irregular heartbeat,"

Anyway, Sixteen days later he returned to his apartment only to find the front door broken and unsecured, his place a mess: dresser drawers and contents strewn about; his eyeglasses broken and tossed in a corner; the electric stove still on; broken locked boxes from under his bed and closet; and the tropical fish in his 150-gallon aquarium dead.

He's suing for $500,000. And good for him. I hope he wins every penny.
So what do you guys think? Leave a comment below.

Full article here


  1. He better win that lawsuit, must be horrible going through all that.

  2. I think he should get twice that
    seriously this is happening a lot lately
    a close friends wife committed suicide on the front lawn, he called emergency services which responded first with cops and then with an ambulance which took 4 hours longer than the cops which took half an hour which is funny because about two weeks later the same cops took two hours to respond to a shooting in progress at the same location
    when the cops arrived she was still alive but they let her sit there dying and did nothing to save her
    they then proceeded to raid his home tear his pillows shot one of his pit bulls which he's a licensed breeder for and confiscate just about anything they wanted and because he had one felony from over 20 years ago apparently his wife couldn't own a gun either or have it in the house and so they charged him with that, just one singular handgun not like a small stockpile for end of the world, they took some really strange stuff too like the power cords to all of his electronics but left the electronics themselves

    he's also got a suite against the city for wrongful death among their many other transgressions
    it's just ridiculous man

  3. Jesus fucking Christ. I do follow cases like this and even I'm shocked. This is absolutely insane. The guy who did it can look forward to having his life ruined.

  4. Personally, I've never heard of these stories but I guess they're pretty enlightening to show what goes on around us. I guess their motto is just to act now, think later; easier to apologize than ask for permission.

  5. Wow. What bastards. I hope he wins the lawsuit and gets every penny of that money, and more.

    GM x

  6. More so than the dollar amounts in involved, I would be curious to know what the National Suicide Prevention Hotline has to say in regards to what sounds like terrible mis-handling of this case on their end.

  7. Wow he called to get help and got screwed! He deserves at least 100k

  8. We're going to see a lot more of these as more of these guys come home.

  9. Yeah that's pretty crappy, cops are going crazy.

  10. Protect and serve... I'm amazed they could leave the house unsecured.

  11. This is SICK!! I really hope this guy gets all his dough..

  12. Terrible but seems to be happening more often lately.

  13. Typical, hopefully he wins the case. I heard the NYPD are being sued for like 15 million for arresting innocent people during the protests.

  14. Wow... yeah... Pretty much what all these guys said.

  15. As a former member of the military and after having been on one tour through afghan for operation endurin' freedom i would like to say that go for him.... you wouldn't believe the kinda person the military forces you to become to fight for freedom, and its all for a lie... true freedom isn't still given to the people whose life your risking yours for... and its all based on a government run by its own secret political agenda.... Trust me, I can't tell you what is there, and I don't know... but there is something there controlling everything you think you know... and its not your politicians...