Shot officers suing ATF for records in federal court
Citing the federal Freedom of Information Act, four Drug Task Force officers shot while serving warrants at the Greenland home of Cullen Mutrie have filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for unredacted records pertaining to the April 12, 2012 shootings.
Through Portsmouth attorney Christopher Grant, the officers allege the ATF has failed to produce the records in a timely manner and “thus has improperly withheld the records.” In the lawsuit, Grant tells the court the officers requested the ATF records more than a year ago and were informed three months ago that the documents would be forthcoming.
The lawsuit says the ATF information is needed for a Rockingham County Superior Court suit that the officers filed against Mutrie’s mother, Beverly. That lawsuit alleges Beverly Mutrie is responsible for their injuries because she knowingly, “wantonly and recklessly” allowed criminal activity to occur at the Greenland home, where she allowed her son to live cost-free. Continue>>>