Jury rules against Grants Pass Police

, Written by Kassi Nelson, Posted: Thu, May 29 2014 at 6:20 PM, Updated: Thu, May 29 2014 at 9:44 PM

Medford, Ore. -- An Air Force Veteran claimed victory Thursday after an eight person civil jury found Grants Pass Police searched his home illegally.

It happened three years ago when two officers were at William Wisener's home investigating illegal trash dumping in the neighborhood. While Wisener told them he couldn't help with the investigation the former Air Force Security Officer let them know, out of courtesy, he was carrying his weapon.

Then Wisener said one officer threatened him, ordered him to the ground, and took his gun. Wisener said police checked up on his record and gun and both came back clean. That's when police searched his home without probable cause.

"As a former police officer I feel that it's our duty to stand up whenever the police do anything wrong," Wisener said. "And even if I didn't win a big award I won for the fact that the officer broke the law."

Wisener was awarded $1,200 for economic damages and $300 for the physical and emotional pain he endured throughout the process.

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Kassi Nelson

NBC5 News reporter Kassi Nelson was born and raised in Nebraska. She graduated from the journalism school at University of Nebraska Lincoln where she studied broadcasting.

She also studied philosophy in the Czech Republic. Kassi has visited nine other countries including Sochi, Russia, where she reported on the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Games.

She loves skiing and live concerts!

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