Military Veteran is Suing the District of Columbia for Constitutional Violations

An Army reservist and gun owner who believed he was calling a military help hotline later found himself arrested and his home raided by the police is now seeking over $500,000 in damages for constitutional violations from the District of Columbia in D.C. Federal Court.

On Feb. 2, 2010, Matthew Corrigan accidentally called the National Suicide Hotline instead of the Military’s Emotional Support Hotline after feeling depressed and not sleeping for several days. When he mentioned that he was a veteran he was asked if he owned any firearms, to which he responded yes. He was not threatening suicide or harm to anyone.

At 4:00 am on Feb. 3, 2010, Corrigan woke up to the sound of his name being called over a bullhorn, floodlights in his backyard and an estimated 28 police officers on his premises. The officers then entered his home without a warrant, vandalized his property and triggered his PTSD, causing Corrigan to be hospitalized for three days. Upon release from the hospital Corrigan was arrested and remained in jail for almost two weeks.

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