This type of thing should be obvious and is going to be inevitable, but it is the type of thing many people don't think about or realize exists. A man is suing after police raided his apartment and later determined they had the wrong address. Juan Alberto Castaneda Miranda said agents burst into his apartment in 2018. He showed the officers his wallet to prove they had the wrong guy. The police didn't listen. Instead, they reportedly handcuffed Castaneda Miranda and his girlfriend and told him to confess about the drug cartels, the lawsuit said. Castaneda Miranda, a Comcast technician, says he had no idea what they were talking about. A federal judge authorized the search warrant four days prior, to locate controlled substances, drug paraphernalia and records of drug sales. Police tore up the apartment looking for evidence. They came up empty. The officers then acknowledged they were in the wrong apartment, the complaint claims. They gave him claim forms to get reimbursement for the damages to his apartment and car. He said all of his belongings, including his vehicle, were destroyed. He said he had to move. This happened in Lynnwood, Washington, and a pair of lawsuits filed in Snohomish County Superior Court and in U.S. District Court in Seattle, and was reported by the the Everett Herald. Lynnwood Man Sues Officers, Claims They Raided Wrong Address | Washington News | US News, Associated Press, October 4, 2021 Yes, the man is suing now, so some of you will just brush this off in your minds and say "justice will be done". But here's a disturbing thought to think about: What if in some cases unscrupulous officers plant some evidence in the apartment, to cover up the bungled raid? It could be something very small that could fit into a pocket, for example - a little baggy with some residue of illegal drugs in it. Maybe a bottle of prescription pain pills. The other officers on the scene might not be aware of it. This could be done by one rogue officer, as they're all off in separate corners of the home going through everything. The person who lives there would get arrested. Yes, the case might eventually get dropped due to lack of adequate evidence for a search warrant, but then the man would be unable to sue in court over the incident. Such a dirty trick could be used to cover up a bungled raid and make the police team look less bad. The police might stand to benefit, meanwhile with possible consequences for the innocent suspect. (If they can't afford bail, they might be in prison for a year until the case finally gets sorted out. That's assuming they don't just take a plea bargain and plead guilty to be let out of jail before then. And let's not forget that in a few cases judges may deny bail, for reasons that are not the fault of the suspect. This is another long complicated subject) If police raid the wrong place, they are going to be more likely to go to any lengths to find something illegal so they can arrest the suspect, so the incident will be less embarrassing to the police. Even arrest the suspect over something that someone would probably not normally be arrested for. When the suspect is in jail facing criminal charges, it makes it much more difficult to sue. In some corrupt areas individuals might even be somewhat fearful of suing, for fear the law enforcement may find some way to retaliate against them.