City may get sued over police mistake

By Anna Yee

August 28, 2012 Updated Aug 28, 2012 at 6:51 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The City of Peoria may be facing a lawsuit in the wake of a police raid gone wrong.

That's according to Attorney Christopher McCall, who represents Peoria resident Terow Wiley.

Police say they raided Wiley's home at 2818 SW Jefferson Avenue Friday afternoon, by mistake.

They say they were after Torrance Gore for threatening a public official, but that officers ended up at the wrong address due to a phone number incorrectly transcribed on the search warrant.

Wiley's attorney, McCall, says he may look into taking legal action against the city for disrupting Wiley and the three children who were home during the raid.

"The issue at stake is whether or not a man's home is his castle and whether or not police entered the home without a valid search warrant," said McCall. "But, from there on, I think once we get more information, we'll know where to proceed."

"I think the police officers who executed the warrant, executed the warrant in good faith, that they thought that was the proper location," said Captain Michael Scally of the Peoria Police Department. "When it was determined that a mistake had been made, he was released without charge, and that's all we could do."

No legal action has been taken against the city.

Meanwhile, the original perpetrator, Torrance Gore, was arrested Monday on two counts of threatening a public official and remains in the Peoria County Jail.

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