North Hollywood business owner Carlos Peña expressed his frustration and anger after a judge ruled that the city of Los Angeles will not be liable for damages caused by a SWAT team two years ago. Peña watched in horror as his nearly 30-year-old business was destroyed when a federal fugitive barged in, attacked and chased him out of his North Hollywood print shop as law enforcement agencies pursued the suspect.

The intense situation involved US Marshals and the Los Angeles Police Department’s SWAT team, with snipers and even a tank present within minutes. After 13 hours of trying to flush out the suspect with tear gas, the operation resulted in the contamination and destruction of Penja’s printers, ink, T-shirts and banners. Unfortunately, his insurance did not cover the damage, and the U.S. Marshals twice denied his claim for equipment and lost wages.

Despite the extensive damage caused by the operation, the fugitive was not caught, which left Peña feeling abandoned and disappointed. The judge’s ruling that governments can seize property during criminal investigations without having to pay damages has left Peña at a loss. With 80% of his business gone, he now works out of his garage and has lost faith in the government’s ability to provide help when it is most needed.

By Samantha Johnson

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