Federal lawsuit filed against warrantless seizures
By Leah DeAnda
LAKE COUNTY, California >> According to attorney Joe Elford, a lawsuit was filed Friday at the U.S. District Court in San Jose against Lake County authorities. Elford said the suit was on behalf of residents who claim they were subject to warrantless searches and unlawful abatement procedures by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) in violation of Measure N.
Complaints were originally aired publicly during a Board of Supervisors meeting on Aug. 19. At that meeting, county residents alleged that LCSO officers had visited more than 30 properties in Spring Valley without warrant. Some residents claimed they were not notified or contacted before the officers went on their property, other residents said their locks were cut and LCSO officers allegedly cut down marijuana plants without providing abatement notices or allowing time for a summary abatement to be disputed.
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