The 98-year-old Kansas newspaper owner berated police by calling them ‘a*****e’ and asking if their mother liked them as she reprimanded them during a search at his home – a day before he died in the middle of his sentence..
Joan Meyer’s home was searched on August 11 as the Marion County Police Department executed a search warrant as part of an identity theft investigation – a warrant that was later withdrawn by the prosecutor County.
“Don’t touch any of this stuff,” the Marion County Record co-owner told cops in the newly released footage. ‘It’s my house. You bastard !’
Joan’s son, Eric Meyer, claimed his mother, a longtime journalist, died the day after the raid after being “traumatized” by the incident.
It was reported that the entire police investigation was linked to an article in which the newspaper examined allegations that police chief Gideon Cody retired from his former job to avoid being punished for charges of alleged sexual misconduct.
The police also searched the newspaper’s office and the home of one of its reporters. They took vital editing equipment, including computers and phones.
New footage of a raid on Joan Meyer’s home shows the 98-year-old Spitfire hurling words at police just a day before he died amid his sentence
Meyer’s diary is said to have looked into allegations that Police Chief Gideon Cody (right) retired from his former job to avoid punishment for charges of alleged sexual misconduct
In the new video – posted by the Marion County Record – the woman at one point rolls her walker up to an officer and asks him to wait outside.
“Did your mother ever love you,” Joan asks the cop in the video, which has amassed more than 23,000 views within hours.
‘Get out of my house. You are an intrusion, she told the man.
At least six officers are seen searching Joan’s house and sorting through her belongings as she repeatedly tells them to leave.
“I don’t want you in my house,” she said.
Two officers attempt to speak to the woman during the first minute of the video released by the newspaper while the other four continue the search.
She even attempts to stop the men and refuses to answer their questions, replying “I’m not going to tell you” when asked how many computers she owns.
“I want to see what they’re doing,” Joan says, trying to circle the couch to see what the officers are looking at.
The interaction with the police inside her own home was so upsetting that she died the following day while in the middle of a conversation.
She reportedly refused to eat, sleep or drink after the raid and eventually died on August 12 of sudden cardiac arrest, according to a coroner’s report.
In the new video – posted by the Marion County Record – the woman at one point rolls her walker up to an officer and asks him to wait outside
She even tries to stop the men and refuses to answer their questions, replying “I’m not going to tell you” when asked how many computers she has.
Joan’s son Eric Meyer (pictured) claimed his mother, a longtime journalist, died the day after the raid after being ‘traumatized’ by the incident
Marion Police Department officials said the raid was carried out because they feared “identity theft”.
Many have speculated, however, that the raids were due to the Meyers’ investigation of Cody, 54.
He became chief in late April, after leaving the Kansas City Police Department after 24 years on the job amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Marion County Record received an “outpouring of calls,” Eric Meyer said, saying Cody retired from his last police station to avoid demotion over allegations of sexual misconduct.
Meyer said his newspaper was contacted by Cody’s former colleagues about the sexual misconduct allegations, but the more than six unnamed sources were ultimately never recorded and reporters were unable to obtain the Cody’s personal file.
Kansas City police declined to disclose whether Cody had been charged with sexual misconduct while working in their force.
Meyer said the identities of the sources were on the computer servers, which Cody’s team seized.
“I might be paranoid that it had anything to do with it, but when people come and grab your computer, you tend to be a little paranoid,” Meyer said. The hand basket.
Eric Meyer stands outside the Marion County Record office, which was also raided
Gideon Cody took over as chief of the Marion County Police Department in April. The newspaper was investigating reports that he retired from the Kansas City police to avoid an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct
He said The Kansas City Star they had yet to publish the story, as they had not completed their investigation.
“We didn’t release it because we couldn’t nail it to the point where we thought it was ready to release,” Meyer said.
“(Cody) didn’t know who our sources were. He does now.
And Meyer told AP: “It’s the kind of stuff that, you know, Vladimir Putin does, that Third World dictators do.”
“It’s the Gestapo tactic of World War II,” Eric said.
The Marion County Police Department said Saturday it was committed to law enforcement, without addressing the merits of the raid.
“The Marion Kansas Police Department believes that the fundamental duty of the police is to ensure the safety, security and well-being of all members of the public,” the department wrote on Facebook.
“This commitment must remain firm and impartial, unaffected by political or media influences, in order to uphold the principles of justice, equal protection and the rule of law for all in the community.
“The victim asks that we do everything the law allows to see justice done. The Marion Kansas Police Department will do no less.
The moment police using ‘Hitlerian tactics’ raided the Marion County Record newsroom was caught on video – just a day before the paper’s co-owner died.
The raids began after leaked documents about local restaurateur Kari Newell that could have had her liquor license revoked were given to the newspaper.
Meyer didn’t publish Newell’s story because he questioned the source — and instead told cops about the information.
Newell then accused the weekly of illegally obtaining his personal data, prompting the search.
She was also reportedly upset that the newspaper reported how Newell kicked reporters out of an event at her restaurant, Kari’s Restaurant.
Meyer told the Kansas City Star: ‘We sent them a note saying that a source had given us a file that we thought had suspicious origins.
“We checked it to make sure it was accurate, but we had no intention of doing anything with it. Their response was typical tyrant fashion.
“Instead of asking a question or getting gear, they came with an atomic fly swatter to seize our gear and apparently tried to bankrupt us.”
As anger grew over the newspaper raid, the search warrant that authorized a sensational search of a local newspaper’s headquarters and the home of its co-owner was withdrawn.
All items seized from the Marion County Record were turned over to the newspaper’s attorney – five days after they were seized by the police department.
Marion County District Attorney Joel Ensey ruled earlier this month that there was “insufficient evidence” to support why a search warrant was issued in the first place.
Despite the lack of equipment, the Marion County Record was successfully printed on Wednesday – with the front page reading: “Seized…but not silenced”.