Hooah! Iraq War Army Vet & The Fourth Amendment: 1 – D.C. Police: 0

On November 8, 2016, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision that reaffirmed the Fourth Amendment is alive and well here in the U.S. of A. Their action basically punished the Washington, D.C. Police for their unconstitutional actions in raiding the home of Iraq War army veteran, 1st Sgt. Matthew Corrigan.

The saga began in 2010 when he called the

National Veterans Crisis Hotline for advice on sleeping because of nightmares from his year training Iraqi soldiers to look for IEDs in Fallujah. Without his permission, the operator, Beth, called 911 and reported Sgt. Corrigan “has a gun and wants to kill himself.

After the police arrived, he agreed to leave his home. Once outside, Corrigan saw

About 25 officers in full body armor and kevlar helmets, carrying M4 assault weapons. SWAT and explosive ordinance disposal teams were on all sides. Streets were barricaded for blocks. “They were prepared to be blown up or attacked,” Sgt. Corrigan remembered.

He was promptly arrested and questioned without him being read his Miranda rights. The police broke into his house without a warrant, ransacked his home, and seized his guns. He was then taken to a nearby VA hospital.

After three days, Corrigan attempted to return home but was arrested again by the police for (are you ready?):

Unregistered guns found when they raided his home, without a warrant.

The police then returned to his house and destroyed its contents. In the meantime, Corrigan was “lost in the system” for two weeks. His friends couldn’t find him and he was not allowed to call a lawyer.

Eventually, a lawyer got him out of jail and got his guns returned to him.

Finally, on November 8, 2016, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rendered an opinion that Corrigan

May pursue his claim for monetary damages against the District of Columbia and certain individual police officers after those officers violated his Fourth Amendment rights by ransacking his house—twice.”

Now, army veteran Sgt. Matthew Corrigan’s almost seven-year nightmare is now finally over. And it’s a shame the D.C. Police involved in this case were not punished for their illegal actions and all of the lies they expressed.


Note: In 2012, the saga experienced by 1st Sgt. Matthew Corrigan was reported by The Washington Times in a four-part series:

Part 1: Iraq vet brutalized over guns in D.C. 

Part 2: SWAT rampage destroys Iraq vet’s home over guns 

Part 3: Iraq vet jailed two weeks for guns 

Part 4: Cover up in D.C.’s arrest of Iraq vet 

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Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]

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