Screenshot: Video of police raid obtained by ABC News

Terrible attack on press freedom!

Joan Mayer, the 98-year-old co-owner of the Marion County Record, a weekly newspaper published in Marion, Kansas, died tragically on Friday following an unprecedented police raid on her home and newspaper office.

A five-officer police force from the city of Marion, along with two sheriff’s deputies, raided the office of the Marion County Record and the home of owner and publisher Eric Meyer. Eric’s mother and newspaper co-owner Joan Mayer was killed in the shocking operation, which Mayer described as an attack on freedom of the press.

Joan Mayer, newswoman since 1953 (source: kansas.com)

The raid followed a bitter feud between the Marion County records and a local restaurant owner. Kari Newell, The newspaper reportedly obtained sensitive documents that could potentially lead to Newell’s liquor license being revoked. These documents included evidence of a drunk driving conviction and driving without a license.

While the newspaper decided not to report the story, it informed the police about the documents, suspecting that they had been leaked by someone close to Newell’s ex-husband.

In response, Newell publicly accused the newspaper of illegally obtaining and disseminating information. The newspaper published a story to clarify its position, but Friday’s raids followed soon after.

The search warrant authorized the seizure of a wide range of items, including computer hardware and software, digital communications, cellular networks, servers, hard drives, utility records and documents related to Newell. Specifically, the warrant focuses on the ownership of computers that may have been involved in the alleged “Kari Newell’s identity theft.”

During the raid, police not only seized computers and Internet routers from Meyers’ home, but also Eric Meyer’s personal bank and investment details. Joan Mayer, who was waiting for a Meals on Wheels delivery at the time, reportedly looked on in tears as police searched her. According to the tragic incident, she was unable to eat or sleep, which led to her death. Newspaper,

In addition to the death of Joan Mayer, a reporter for the newspaper was injured when an officer snatched his cellphone from his hand.

Despite the outcry and tragic consequences, the Marion Kansas Police Department has defended its actions. They claim that journalists do not receive federal protection because they were suspected of criminal activity.

one in statement According to the New York Post, the department stressed its commitment to ensuring justice, saying, “Victims [Newell] Asks that we do everything the law allows to ensure justice is done. Marion Kansas Police Department will [do] nothing less.”

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A two-page search warrant signed by Magistrate Laura Viaar was given to the record at the time of the search.

The home of Ruth Herbel, the deputy mayor of Marion, was also raided at the same time.

The warrant alleged that there was probable cause to believe that identity theft and illegal computer acts had been committed with Kari Newell, the owner of the Marion business.

Later, a record reporter requested a copy of the probable cause affidavit required to issue the search warrant.

The district court, where such things must be filed, issued a signed statement saying no affidavit was on file.

County Attorney Joel Anse, whose brother owns the hotel where Newell operates his restaurant, was asked for it but said he would not release it because it is “not a public document.”

The record’s owner and publisher, Eric Meyer, 69, has vowed to seek legal retribution against the city of Marion and those involved in the raid. Legal experts consulted by the newspaper reportedly agree that the city violated federal laws and the team’s constitutional rights.

Legal experts contacted by The Record described the raid as unheard of in the US and reminiscent of what happens in authoritarian regimes and the Third World.

The Record is expected to file a federal lawsuit against the city of Marion and those involved in the search, which legal experts contacted unanimously say violated several state and federal laws, including the US Constitution and several court rulings.

“Our first priority is to be able to publish next week,” Mayer said, “but we also want to make sure no other news organization is ever exposed to Gestapo tactics.” We will seek the maximum sanctions possible under the law.


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