published: 24 April 2014
U.S. marshal shot an unarmed man in the back after raiding his home for suspicion of kidnapping, though the man’s alleged victim, his girlfriend, “answered the door” and “appeared fine, with her children happily outside playing,” the wounded man claims in court.
Eliseo Alvarado sued the United States of America, U.S. Marshal Edgar Hernandez, and the city of San Juan and its police department, in Federal Court. San Juan is on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Alvarado says he was at the home he shared with his mother and stepfather on April 25, 2012 when San Juan police and Hernandez stormed in without a warrant.
They were looking for Alvarado based on allegations that he had kidnapped his girlfriend and her kids, the 21-year-old Alvarado says.
“Despite the fact that Irma Linda Cisneros, the alleged kidnap victim, answered the door, appeared fine, with her children happily outside playing (and clearly not kidnapped), both the San Juan Police Department and the Deputy Marshal Hernandez entered the home with their weapons at the ready,” the complaint states.