Police Perform Drug Raid On The Wrong House, Family Now Suing Department

| by Dominic Kelly

A San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force burst into a family’s home to raid the place for drugs, but before realizing that the person they were searching for did not live at the residence, they threw a woman out into the yard half naked. Now, a year later, the family has filed a civil rights lawsuit.

According to reports, police busted into the home of Lisa and Jesse Yeager and Elizabeth Batchelor last year believing that a wanted man lived there. Lisa Yeager was half naked, wearing only a bra and panties, when officers armed with assault rifles forced their way into the home at 6:30 in the morning. The lawsuit alleges that when officers bursted through the door, Yeager was thrown into the wall so hard that she lost control of her bladder and wet herself. Officers reportedly proceeded to drag her onto the front lawn, still half naked, onto an area where the family's dog had used the bathroom and was forced to sit in her own urine-soaked underwear. The lawsuit also claims that Yeager's adult son was forced to "crawl on his knees in dog feces to join his half-naked mother in clear view of the onlooking neighbors."

At the plea of Yeager's mother Elizabeth Batchelor, officers finally covered up the half-naked woman before they realized that the person they were looking for didn't live at the home. When Yeager showed her bruised and beaten body to one of the officers, she was told to get put some ice on it.

The family’s attorney says that even though Deputy Sheriff Mike Kinsella claims that the man they were looking for lived at the home the month prior to the incident, nothing points to that being true.

“If they would have taken five minutes to really [conduct surveillance of] the place it is obvious that there are multiple units there,” said Paula Canny, defense attorney for the Yeager family. “You can’t do a crummy job of your job all in the name of the war on drugs.”

Now, the family has filed a lawsuit against Deputy Sheriff Kinsella, the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force, the Sheriff’s office, the county, the city of San Bruno, and more for civil rights violations, false imprisonment, battery, trespassing, and elder abuse.