In this thread, among others, we’ve talked about what responsibility the police might have to repair damage conducted during the execution of a search warrant.
Just off the presses from a district court in the Ninth Circuit: There is no right of repair for property damaged during a search, as long as the search was conducted in a reasonable manner. KRL v. Moore, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8314 (E.D. Cal. March 2, 2006) (a case involving excavation), on remand from KRL v. Moore, 384 F.3d 1105 (9th Cir. 2004):
I would have bumped the earlier thread, but it’s a couple of years old… even though this alternative has me posting a new thread in GQ that really isn’t a question, but a clarification and answer to an earlier question.