When Darren Burke entered the Howard County Courthouse in Kokomo, Ind., on a Friday in 2011, his only intention was to inform the Sheriff about his desire to peacefully protest on the following Monday. But because he had a dollar bill taped to his mouth, the officer asked him to remove his "mask" first.
What happened next, as captured in a video taken by Burke and published by The Kokomo Tribune, is shocking. The Sheriff and his officers attacked Burke and another man, Gregory Lambert, tackling them to the ground, even though the men did nothing to threaten the officers.
The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives people the right to be "secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects" against unreasonable searches and seizures, being them persons or things to be seized.
Lambert lost consciousness during the attack and was later diagnosed with a concussion. Both Burke and Lambert were arrested and charged with resisting law enforcement. After the incident, the ACLU of Indiana filed a suit for violations to the group's Fourth Amendment rights. The complaint states that officers employed excessive force and detained the protestors without probable cause. It also states that the officers committed assault and battery, false arrest, and false imprisonment. The case was settled and dismissed in late 2013.