WaPo: Police misused Find My app before raiding 77-year-old’s home, ACLU says by María Luisa Paúl:
It was a Tuesday afternoon in Denver and Ruby Johnson — a 77-year-old woman and retired U.S. Postal Service worker — was relaxing in a robe and slippers. Her plans of watching television, however, were suddenly interrupted by the arrival of a heavily armed SWAT team.
Outside Johnson’s house on Jan. 4 was a slew of officers not far from an armored vehicle. Using a bullhorn, one of the officers ordered everyone inside the home to come out, body-camera footage shows.
The officials were investigating the theft of a stolen white truck carrying firearms, drones, $4,000 in cash and an iPhone — but they had gotten the wrong address and, in doing so, conducted an “illegal search” of Johnson’s property, a lawsuit filed last week by the American Civil Liberties Union alleges.
Now, Johnson is suing Gary Staab, the lead detective in a raid that Johnson’s attorneys say was based on a faulty reading of a geolocation pin on Apple’s Find My app and a “hastily prepared, bare-bones, misleading affidavit” used to obtain a warrant.