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City Must Pay $250,000 for Violating Due Process and Property Rights

Keith G. Langer April 5, 2022

Cranston Will Pay $250,000 For Warrantless Entry of Man's Home and Refusal to Return His Property

"The city will pay almost $250,000 in damages and attorneys fees to a Cranston gun owner who prevailed in a legal battle that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2021, the high court rejected Cranston's argument that police could search Edward Caniglia's home without a warrant, and also without his consent, as part of a "wellness check." Police had searched Caniglia's home in 2015 and seized two guns after his wife told them she had concerns about his mental health.

Caniglia received a mental-health evaluation at Kent Hospital and he was released, but police held onto the guns for "safe keeping" and they told Caniglia he would need a court order to get them back. " In 2019, a judge in U.S. District Court, Providence, found that the confiscation of the guns violated Caniglia's due-process rights."

And the city STILL refused to return his property, forcing him to spend MORE money on this lawsuit.

Now the city can pay him for its arrogance and hubris.