From Bryan Fischer, Idaho Values Alliance
The IVA received a call last week from a Treasure Valley home-schooling Mom who answered the door one day in September to find four police officers and a social worker standing on her front porch.
They were responding to a completely unsubstantiated, uncorroborated, and untrue accusation of domestic abuse.
They tried to force their way into her home, and only backed off when she told them that she knew they needed a search warrant and reminded them of the Fourth Amendment and its protections against unreasonable searches.
When she went to get her children and bring them to the front door so the officers could see they were in perfectly fine shape, she heard them rattling the front screen door in another effort to break into her home, only relenting when they discovered it was locked.
One officer accidently revealed his name badge, which indicated he was actually a Boise police officer and therefore was acting outside his jurisdiction.
Authorities apparently have only backed off because the Home School Legal Defense Association sent a strong letter to these officials, informing them of the statutes they violated during this initial contact with the family.
The family discovered that the accusations were made by a relative who was seeking to use child protective services to get revenge for a perceived wrong from a decade or more ago.
Those who believe that out-of control Child Protective Services personnel can shatter families almost beyond repair based on unsubstantiated accusations and apart from any findings of guilt will find nothing in this story to challenge their perception.
(Note: the HSLDA story mentions three police officers; the mother told me there were four. Either way, that’s either three or four too many.)
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