Local Business Owner’s Dream Crushed: Los Angeles Judge Rules Against Compensation for Damages Caused by SWAT Team”.

LA County Business Owner Compelled to Pay for Damages Incurred During SWAT Raid

Carlos Peña, a North Hollywood business owner, is feeling defeated after a judge ruled that the City of Los Angeles will not be held liable for compensating him for damages caused by a SWAT team during an incident in 2022. The chaotic scene involved U.S. Marshals and the LAPD’s SWAT team who engaged in a 13-hour standoff with the suspect. Tear gas was used which contaminated all of Peña’s printing equipment and supplies, including printers, ink, T-shirts and banners.

Despite Peña’s efforts to file a claim for around $60,000 in lost equipment and wages, the U.S. Marshals denied his claim leading him to sue the city for damages. However, a federal judge ultimately ruled that the government is permitted to seize property during criminal investigations which absolved the City of Los Angeles from compensating Peña for damages incurred during the standoff. This decision has devastated Peña even more as he has since relocated his business operations to his garage and experienced an 80% decline in business. He has lost faith in the government and feels abandoned in his time of need as the suspect was not apprehended despite extensive destruction caused by law enforcement.

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