On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, the ACLU of Utah Foundation, Inc. announced a new lawsuit filed against agents and officials from the Utah Division of Adult Probation & Parole (AP&P) and the executive director of the Utah Department of Corrections over actions taken during a violent raid against a Salt Lake City family in August 2018.
The ACLU of Utah is being joined in this lawsuit by Covington & Burling, LLP, and Crowell & Moring LLP.
The plaintiffs in this lawsuit are the Yanez family: three adults and three children at the time of the raid, whose home was surrounded and then invaded by more than a dozen AP&P agents dressed in military-style gear and carrying assault-style weapons.
The lawsuit asserts constitutional violations of plaintiffs’ rights, privileges, and immunities secured by the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It alleges that defendants’ actions were in violation of Plaintiffs’ clearly-established, constitutionally-guaranteed rights to be free from unreasonable and unlawful searches and seizures, and to be free from the use of excessive force. The Plaintiffs are also suing AP&P for conspiracy to violate their civil rights based on ethnicity and national origin. Finally, the lawsuit seeks injunctive relief from AP&P to make policy changes so that these violent and discriminatory raids do not happen again in Utah.