Senior Asian couple in California gets $136,000 settlement for alleged illegal home raids
Now considering it’s California, you might think “going green” means growing weed. Apparently, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco thought the same thing. How chilling can it get?
The sheriff monitors power residents’ power usage.
This elderly couple (ages 67 and 75 in 2021) was using too little in the Sheriff’s judgement.
So he initiates a raid. It seems the couple had two homes. The sheriff searched the first after Ms. Hwang granted permission but refused permission to search their second home. Bianco searched anyway. He didn’t have a warrant for either search.
This is almost as bad as the Kansas family that was raided for growing tomatoes.
Case of Bungled Pot Raid on Tomato-Loving Family Revived Anew
Why “almost”? In this second case cops staked out a local garden supplier. At least they had a bare bones claim of “probable cause”. In the CA case, I don’t see where it is anybody’s business how much power a citizen uses. Period. Too much, too little, bite me. As long as the bill is paid MYOB.
The bottom line is, unless WE the People put a stop to such nonsense, the “authorities” will continue to generate any excuse to harass and intimidate citizens.