Grandmother Sues Denver Detective After SWAT Raid Based On False “Ping” By iPhone

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A Colorado grandmother is suing a Denver police detective who allegedly ordered a SWAT raid on her house after it was falsely “pinged” by an Apple device app. According to NBC News, the Apple “Find My” app, which is used to track Apple devices that may be lost or stolen, marked 77-year-old Ruby Johnson‘s home as the location of several stolen items. According to a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the stolen items included six firearms and an old iPhone. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, who filed the lawsuit, alleged that Detective Gary Staab of the Denver Police Department illegally issued a warrant for the raid of the home, based on a “hastily prepared, bare-bones, misleading affidavit.” The complaint specifies Johnson is suing Staab “in his individual capacity.” Johnson is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages, according to the filing. According to an affidavit obtained by KUSA, the area that was highlighted on the Find My app as the possible location of the phone spanned at least six properties and four blocks. The complaint alleges that Staab’s affidavit violated Johnson’s right, afforded by the state constitution, to “be free of unreasonable searches and seizures.” They also suggested...

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