- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A lawsuit filed by the the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah said state probation and parole officers illegally entered a home during a raid.

The complaint filed in U.S. District Court Wednesday contends the officers violated a family’s constitutional protection against unlawful searches in August 2018, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The Adult Probation and Parole division officers were looking for an adult relative who did not live in the Salt Lake City home and was not present at the time, the lawsuit said.

The plaintiffs asked multiple times to see a search warrant but agents never produced one, the complaint said.

An officer was recorded telling the family of three adult and three juveniles, “We do not need a search warrant in this particular situation,” in one of two videos of the raid released by the ACLU.

The officers had an arrest warrant for a family member who had violated his probation after agreeing to a plea deal for a non-violent crime, the ACLU said.

The warrant did not expressly authorize them to enter the home, the lawsuit said.

Law enforcement officers took a family member from the home to jail, telling him, “You’re going to be in Mexico tomorrow,” the lawsuit said.

The man, who is a U.S. citizen, was released without being charged with a crime.

The lawsuit named individual agents involved in the raid, the director of the fugitive team who oversaw the raid, the executive director of the Utah Department of Corrections, and other defendants who are not identified.

The Utah Department of Corrections, which oversees the Adult Probation and Parole division, said Wednesday it would not comment on the ongoing litigation.

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