Police Entered Home of Home School Family Without Warrant: Tased, Pepper Sprayed Parents, Took Children

A Missouri court has ruled against police in a 2011 case involving a homeschooling family that was raided without a warrant, tased, pepper sprayed, and relieved of their children.

The police raid was prompted by a social services worker requesting an investigation into the home because it was allegedly “messy.” The family complied with the first inspection, but objected when the social worker made a second visit.

Parents Jason and Laura Hagan were charged with child endangerment and resisting arrest after denying access to their home to a police raid team, led by Nodaway County Police Captain David Glidden, who demanded to be allowed inside without a warrant.

A complaint filed by the Missouri homeschool family, asserts Captain Glidden forced entry to their home, tased, pepper sprayed, and assaulted them.

“Glidden then turned to Jason, who was still standing, and shot him in the back with his Taser,” the legal document states.

Laura Hagan attempted to close the front door, at which point Captain David Glidden shot his Taser at the closing door, according to the formal complaint, which states Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White then became involved.

“Together they forced open the door and found Laura and Jason lying on the floor,” the complaint says.

It also alleges that the sheriff and captain “slapped Laura, knocking the glasses off of her face.”

The Nodaway County law enforcement officials then allegedly threatened to shoot the family dog, called Laura a “liar” and then threw a phone across the room before handcuffing the couple.

The entire ordeal reportedly took place in front of the three Hagan children, ages 8 to 12. The children remained in the custody of the state of Missouri for “months.”

In the criminal proceedings against them, the court announced this week, that the use of a taser and pepper spray on the couple violated the United States Constitution.

The judge tossed out all of the charges levied against the family saying, “The court will not allow [an] exception to sanction warrantless entry into a private residence by pepper spray and Taser. If the officer had a warrant in hand and such force was necessary, that is a different story, but those are not the facts of this case.”

The Hagans have filed a civil lawsuit seeking punitive and compensatory damages, along with attorney fees against the Nodaway County Sheriffs Department.

The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is assisting the Hagans in the proceedings.

HSLDA attorney James Manson says the police raid team violated the families Fourth Amendment rights.

“We need to be vigilant. We need to be willing to stand up for our rights,” Manson said, adding that law enforcement officials need to be reminded that the “rules apply to them, too.”

  • Target4Tyrants

    No justice until the guilty parties involved are found guilty in a court of law and sentenced to prison.
    I hope the family gets a lot of tax payer money, so much so that they have to shut down the department. Maybe then they will stop defending the tyrants.

  • Fellow Traveler

    So now if a family a home-schooling, social services has to get involved?

    Is home-schooling now considered a form of abuse or something?

  • Tiredofdumbamericans

    Where the riots for this obvious infraction against the law. Oh yea that’s right we aren’t ignorant!!!!! Where’s al racist sharpton and the white panthers. Oh yea they don’t give a shit unless it’s their thugs that cause it and the white panthers don’t exist because it would be racist to have such a group. This is shit that happens all the time for NO REASON and the family enforced their rights as they should have. To bad they didn’t live in a state where it’s legal to shoot police who do this shit!!!! Glad the family won as they deserved to.

  • MichaelBrown4life

    Stupid white family shouldn’t be homeschooling in tha first place. Little brats should be in public school. homeschooling and private schools are a hate crime against minorities. All kids should be in public schools under common core so its fair for everyone. Fuckin white privledge assholes should have been arrested and the kids put in the system. would have taught those fuckin crackers a lesson after they kids get picked up by a ghetto family and shown how the other side lives.

    • Elizabeth Horton

      How is it white privilege that the parents not only have the time, but actually spend that time on their children to teach them? Everyone’s first teachers are their parents to begin with. Not everyone wants their children brainwashed by the government. And you clearly show the other reason people would rather teach their children at home. Hateful, ignorant – criminal minded

      • Jerry Michael

        Uhhm… You couldn’t pick the sarcasm out of that? I hope you aren’t homeschooling.

  • Mark

    More taxpayer money about to be shelled out.