The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday on behalf of Susan Treat, Ashley Walker and Walker’s 3-year-old daughter.
The family was inside their Blythe home about noon Oct. 1, 2012, when approximately 10 armed deputies from Burke and Richmond counties burst through the doors with guns drawn, according to the lawsuit.
Treat ran and threw her body over the 3-year-old to protect her as at least two officers stood over them pointing guns at them, according to the lawsuit. Walker, who was pregnant and resting in a bedroom, was dragged into the living room.
The officers searched the house and kept insisting the women tell them where “Dante” was, the lawsuit continues. When the women responded they didn’t know who Dante was, they were placed under arrest.
For 30 to 60 minutes the women were “cuffed, berated and detained at gunpoint” before the officers realized they were at the wrong house, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit is filed against the two officers believed to have led the raid: Daniel T. Lowe of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and Matthew P. Perkins of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages for the violation of civil rights, illegal search and false imprisonment, and for physical harm, humiliation, outrage, fear and loss of reputation.
The lawsuit accuses Lowe and Perkins of callous indifference exhibited by the lack of confirmation they were at the correct address listed on a search warrant.