Judge says BLM did not use excessive force in 2009 Blanding raid

14 Dec 2015 10:05 AM | Anonymous

Judge says BLM did not use excessive force in 2009 Blanding raid

By Pat Reavy, Deseret News

Published: Friday, Dec. 11 2015 3:40 p.m. MST

Updated: yesterday

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge on Friday ruled that a Bureau of Land Management agent did not use excessive force during a raid on the home of a Blanding doctor accused of trafficking stolen Native American artifacts.

In 2009, federal agents served several search and arrest warrants at the home and 60-acre property of Dr. James Redd and his wife during an investigation into trafficking of American Indian artifacts. The BLM agent-in-charge of the raid was Dan Love. According to court documents, Redd's family claimed that Love sent 53 federal agents, "many of whom were heavily armed and wearing bulletproof vests, to raid and search Dr. Redd’s home." 


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