Owner of St. Paul duplex raided before RNC plans to sue city
The owner of a St. Paul duplex raided by police two days before the start of the Republican National Convention has announced plans to sue the city in federal court, reported the Pioneer Press Friday.
Michael Whalen, 60, claims police came to his property at 949/951 Iglehart Ave. on Aug. 30 and surrounded its occupants with weapons drawn.
Ted Dooley, Whalen's attorney, said that the officers initially had no search warrant and were denied entry. Police returned a couple of hours later with a warrant and shackled Whalen and others in the back yard, Dooley said.
According to the search warrant affidavit, explosives delivered in boxes were among the things authorities were looking for. The boxes were found to be full of vegan literature.
Whalen lives in the 951 half of the house and was allowing members of an independent media group, I-Witness Video, to stay in the empty 949 side during the convention.
I-Witness Video planned to document protest activity during the convention. This is the same group that helped exonerate 400 people charged in connection with protests at the 2004 Republican Convention held in New York.
City Attorney John Choi said police entered the house with a search warrant signed by a Ramsey County district judge.