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After 3 Years Gun Owning Senior Wins Lawsuit Against Crooked Cops Who Stole His Firearms

It took three long years, but 75 year old Arthur Lovi finally had his day in court and the police department of Arlington Heights, Illinois were on the losing end of an $80,000 ruling.

The story began back in 2012 when Lovi was diagnosed with high blood pressure linked to stress.  His doctor suggested he talk to a therapist to try a lower his blood pressure.

Lovi, who was a helicopter pilot for the Air Force during the ’60s  talked to the therapist about his recent losses that he was dealing with.

From the Daily Herald:

Lovi told her about the loss that had been all around him the past few years: his mother, a 3-year-old granddaughter who drowned, a son-in-law lost to a drug overdose, and worst of all, his wife of 33 years.

Cindy had died nine years ago, but to Lovi it was still raw. She was always tired and bruised easily. When he finally persuaded her to get checked out, she was told she had a cold, probably caught from one of her students at Forest View Alternative Center.

Unsatisfied, the next day Lovi made her see another doctor who gave her the correct, but heartbreaking, diagnosis: leukemia. Cindy died a few weeks later. She was 53.

Lovi told the therapist about Cindy’s death and his bitterness over the incorrect diagnosis.

Apparently, being a veteran who is grieving over the loss of loved ones is enough for some gun hating therapist to order in some jackbooted thugs to ransack and steal Lovi’s entire firearm collection.

The therapist would later admit that she didn’t think Lovi was a danger to anyone but was “just doing her job” when she reported him to the police.

Right.

What did this therapists reckless actions lead to?

From Freedom Outpost:

Following his return home that day, Lovi got a call from the Arlington Heights Police Department and they asked if he had weapons in his home. According to Lovi, who is retired and lives with his son, he told them that he did have three antique firearms, including a double barreled musket that was over 100 years old. Apparently Lovi decorates his home with old antiques, including old teakettles, ancient telephones and kerosene lamps. He claims he has never fired any of the weapons and doesn’t even know how to load the musket.

Mind you, Lovi has all the legal (if unconstitutional) licenses and permits for the weapons.

Even so, at 11pm 5 police officers raided his home and seized his antique firearm collection.  The cops of this Chicago suburb would spin a story in which Lovi just willingly handed over his antique firearms without a WARRANT, PROBABLE CAUSE or anything that would satisfy the 4th Amendment.

It would take over 2 months and multiple attempts for Lovi to get his firearms back, one of which was damaged and needed an expensive repair.

What was Lovi’s side of the incident?

From the lawsuit that Lovi would file:

The lawsuit claims police officers asked Lovi questions about his wife. Lovi became upset and told police officers that he did not want to talk about his wife. The police officers radioed for an ambulance to the scene.

The officers told Lovi that he needed to get in the ambulance and go to the hospital. Lovi told police that he did not want to go to the hospital.

The officers told Lovi that if he did not go into the ambulance willingly, they would handcuff him and physically put him in the ambulance. Lovi was transported to Northwest Community Hospital, where he was evaluated and it was determined that he did not need to be committed as there were no signs that he would be a harm to himself or others. Lovi was released from the hospital the same day.

So lets see, on top of the theft, the police are also guilty of abuse of power, elder abuse and threatening false arrest.

These thugs with badges are the ones who deserve to be locked up.

According to the lawsuit, Lovi suffered damages including loss of property and pecuniary damages include medical expenses, attorneys’ fees, and property damage. It also claims “Unreasonable Seizure of Property, Failure to Intervene with police officers’ indifference to Lovi’s right to be free from unreasonable seizures of property, Unreasonable Search of Home, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Willful and Wanton Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress in the scope of employment, and that the Village of Arlington Heights is liable for any judgments for compensatory damages arising out of the police officers’ actions.”

Finally, good news for Arthur Lovi.

Earlier this week the judgment in this lawsuit was given.

The jury found Arlington Heights police Sgt. Charles Buczynski guilty of illegal entry into a home and unreasonable seizure of property for leading the charge into Lovi’s home. The jury ordered him to pay Lovi $45,000, Kiss said.

The jury found Arlington Heights Cmdr. Richard Gausselin guilty of unreasonable seizure of person for coercing Lovi into the ambulance two days later, and ordered him to pay $25,000.

An additional $10,000 was awarded to Lovi to pay his medical bills and to fix damage done to his antique guns during their seizure, Kiss said.

Three other officers named in the suit were not found guilty.

It seems like we had two bad cops and three others who just stood around and let the constitution be violated in front of them.  A banner day for Arlington Heights police.

What I like most about this story is that the jury has ordered the INDIVIDUAL officers to pay Arthur Lovi.  Not the village of Arlington Heights taxpayers which is how it should be.

On top of paying for their crimes financially, Sgt. Buczynski and Cmdr Gausselin should be fired from their positions.  How can two officers, found guilty of constitutional violations against a senior citizen ever be credible again?  The answer is they cannot and I hope to hear of their imminent termination soon.

Of course, the “officers” are going to appeal the verdict, because how DARE they be held accountable for their actions.  They still hold the blue line that they acted appropriately and said their civil rights violating actions were “pursuant to protocol.”

Really? Warrant-less searches and brow beating an old man into an ambulance is protocol for Arlington Heights PD is it?  Hmmmm.

Arthur Lovi’s message makes a lot more sense:

“It’s important that the public know the police don’t have a right to come in your house without a warrant. They don’t have a right to bully you.”

Bullies with badges and thugs who hide behind the shield in order to violate the constitution have no right to be cops.  I hope more people like Arthur Lovi have the courage to stand up to corrupt cops and shine the light of truth on the crime that festers under the thin blue line.

 

  • Dick

    The therapist should also be sued and lose her medical license. The City of Arlington Heights should have been included in the suit also since the police and their actions were representative of the city. To a normal taxpayer, those police officers ARE the city. The judge in the original lawsuit should have the amount of the fines placed in an interest bearing escrow account until all legal action is completed because of Mr. Lovi’s age.

    • Shagnasty1

      This is what Democrat voters unleashed on law abiding citizens. Under the Democrats’ Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) this is a requirement for the medical profession. My advice, stay away from them.

  • White Bear

    Congratulations to Mr. Lovi on his victory. I spent over 30 years as a cop and I would have never even considered acting like the cops in this case. Mr. Lovi deserves every cent he gets and then some. The individual officers should have to pay the damages rather than the city; that’s something that would discourage future BS behavior like this.

    • whiskyman

      I couldn’t agree more,Bare,I think this is actually the first time I’ve ever heard of the dirty Cops – not all Cops are dirty – having to pay their own damages. All too often it falls on the taxpayers to pay for the Cops bad judgement calls. There shouldn’t be grounds for an appeal in this case,its as plain as the nose on their face’s that they were in the wrong.
      I was a city Marshal of our small town for a few years,and even as dumb as I am,I would have known better than doing something like that.

      • White Bear

        Good for you, whiskyman. I tell you, times are changing and not for the better. It seems like cops in our day had common sense, something that is in short supply today. Stay safe my friend.

        • whiskyman

          Yes times sure are changing,and not for the good either. I would have done everything under my power not to have shot someone,and thank God it didn’t come to that either. My only fear was being called for someone molesting a child, I didn’t trust myself on what I might have done. But thank God again,that didn’t happen either. Stay safe.

    • john4637

      Right with you Bear. as a retired police detective myself I can truthfully claim that in all the years I was in the business I never once heard of an officer(s) violating the Constitution as openly as these cretins. I personally would like to have seen them arrested and tried for theft!

      • White Bear

        Amen, brother. I spent my 32 year career in the St. Louis metro area. Even though Missouri didn’t allow any concealed carry during the first 28 years of that career, I never made a single arrest of an otherwise law abiding citizen carrying a gun for their own protection or that of their family. I just sent them on their way, warning them that the next cop that stopped them may not feel like I did. I didn’t think I had the right to deny the right of self defense to any individual, and when I read about the cops in Mr. Lovi’s case it made me sick. Times are changing, as you, me and Whiskyman above can attest too, and not for the better. Good luck to you, and stay safe.

        • john4637

          I learned to bob & weave on the streets of Philly, will try my best to stay safe, thanks!

          • White Bear

            When I retired I moved to the mountains of southern Utah. Pretty easy to stay safe here if you can avoid the rattlesnakes:).

          • john4637

            Enjoy God’s picture window, I went to Florida and as a matter of fact had to kill a rattler in my front garden threatening my granddaughter! Small enough to take with a machete.

          • whiskyman

            Well,it looks like Florida is off of my bucket list also.

          • whiskyman

            You’re very welcome,Bare, I was all for joining you in Southern Utah,until you mentioned Rattlesnakes. I can’t stand snakes of any kind. Even a little Garter snake freezes my blood solid in my veins LOL.
            My gal pal seen a Black snake close to the house two days ago,and I’m laying for that sucker. Either it,or me one has to go asap.

        • whiskyman

          Being I am an old Missourian myself,the people of St Louis lost a good officer when you retired,Bear. I only quit for a better paying job,and actually had some of my worse citizens,say they hated to see me go. I took that to mean I wasn’t all that bad as a Marshal. I was more like a big brother,but when it was a time to arrest some of them. I done what had to be done,but they never held it against me. Stay safe,and enjoy your retirement

          • White Bear

            Thanks for the compliment sir. I’m betting you were a damned good Marshal. I know a lot of good cops who had to leave the job for better pay to support their families; really sad that it used to be like that. When I retired I moved to the mountains of southern Utah. Almost zero crime and I couldn’t ask for a better place to live.

        • Art Lovi

          Thanks Bear! I appreciate your support. I ended up getting far less than what the jury awarded me, but at least the cops learned a lesson.

      • whiskyman

        Same here,John,they should have to spend several years locked away over this boondoggle.
        They weren’t Police Officers,they were nothing but thugs with a badge.

  • PCS

    There should be a natl registry of BAD COPS so they won’t be able to get a job as a cop or security guard.

    • Leo 6

      That is a Damn good idea!

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  • kb3chb

    Wonder if these bozos are gonna appeal, and if so, on what basis? Damages should be tripled if they do. and lose again.

  • Arthur L. Trevallee

    By the time these corrupt cops appeal, Mr. Lovi will probably be dead from old age. It is a sad situation that the judge’s decision on this type of criminal corruption can be appealed.

  • whiskyman

    Fantastic,Good,Great ! Score one for the little man,Congrats Mr. Lovi, I hope you live long enough to laugh right in their face as they hand you the money. I’ve seen several therapist in the past for PTSD related to Vietnam,but little did I know they had that kind of power, Its a good thing I stuck with my old saying, ” say as little as need’s to be said,to as few people as possible”.
    Speaking of which,that therapist needs to be thrown out of her practice,she violated his trust,and done it on the very same day he trusted her. I wish Mr. Lovi, had sued her also.

  • Leo 6

    I just don’t understand why a person who takes an oath to become a peace officer would do such a thing. Those 2 must be part of the 10% of peace officers that intentionally violate the oath they took. Pathetic!

  • Morgan23

    This kind of crap happens all of the time. Police have a unrealistic view of their right and authority and they think that because they are armed they are entitled to bully and intimidate the citizenry, They forget their motto and duty to “Serve and Protect” and replace it with “Bully and Intimidate”. This is not to say all police do this but, after a while some Police become bullies. These should be “reeducated and made to know who they serve, who they protect and who is their boss. For those who don’t remember, We the People’ are the boss. Each of us should remember this and act accordingly. Don’t be a smart ass, but don’t take any crap either. You can always file a complaint. If you’re abused, file a complaint and ask for a hearing. bring a lawyer.

  • Shagnasty1

    The jury found Arlington Heights police Sgt. Charles Buczynski guilty of illegal entry into a home and unreasonable seizure of property for leading the charge into Lovi’s home.

    The jury found Arlington Heights
    Cmdr. Richard Gausselin guilty of unreasonable seizure of person for
    coercing Lovi into the ambulance two days later

    Aren’t these criminal acts? Why aren’t these two goons facing felony charges? Is this really protocol? What does the chief of police say? If he/she backs them that chief needs to be fired too. Where’s the prosecutor on this? Arlington Heights voters, remember this at election time.
    Bottom line is STAY AWAY FROM THERAPISTS! STAY AWAY FROM PSYCHIATRISTS AND PSYCHOLOGISTS! Yes, I’m yelling, I’m trying to get my point across. They are not your friends and you need to believe that.

  • john4637

    Put the blame for this bag of crap right back where it comes from. Drop the stinking bag back in the White House parlor.

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  • BBLEE

    I have paid at the register and walked out of the Sporting Goods stores with Black Powder Weapons without even giving my name. because Primitive Weapons aren’t considered Modern Firearms No need to submit to Background Check or anything. Mr Lovi I invite you to consider Florida as Your retirement location. The Last time I dealt with the police, I had an officer tell me my Brakelight wasn’t working. I thanked him, he noticed I had a Concealed Weapons permit and asked if I was carrying. I said no it’s in the console. I invited him to see it, after he Dropped the Magazine out and Checked the chamber, He put it back like it was and told me, He keeps one in the chamber and I should too, in case bad happens fast. What a Guy. Central Fl. Mr Lovi, Lakeland is a nice Town, Visit us see what you think.

  • timothymarc@sbcglobal.net

    Yet another example of jackboot thugs disguised as police officers who believe their badge gives them unlimited authority. Don’t forget this is the Chicago area where generations of liberals have created a dangerous mindset that guns are dangerous even when lawfully owned by honest citizens. Why don’t they spend their evening hours busting up gang banger hangouts? Answer: it is much safer to look productive picking on honest senior citizens i.e. the low hanging fruit.

  • Art Lovi

    Thanks for this article!

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