Mississippi police killed immigrant after entering wrong house, city claims he had no Constitutional rights

Published 8:16 pm Thursday, September 26, 2019

Lawyers for a Mississippi city where a man living in the country illegally was shot and killed by officers who went to the wrong address say the man lacked constitutional rights.

News outlets report a document filed Tuesday by the city of Southaven says Ismael Lopez had no Fourth or 14th Amendment rights because of his legal status. The Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. The 14th Amendment guarantees equal protection under the law.

Lopez family attorney Murray Wells said at a news conference Thursday that any person on U.S. soil has constitutional rights. The family has filed a civil lawsuit against the city.

The officers involved in the 2017shooting weren’t indicted. District Attorney John Champion has said Lopez refused commands to put a rifle down.