Police Raid Newspaper That Probed Restaurant Owner's Misconduct

 August 16, 2023

Police recently raided the offices of the Marion County Record, a small-town newspaper in Kansas.

I wonder if the fact that the paper had recently been investigating misconduct allegations against a local restaurant owner had anything to do with it?

This is exactly the sort of police behavior that ruins the credibility of all of the good and honest officers around the country.

Officers also raided and seized materials from the home of journalist Eric Meyer, co-owner of the newspaper.

Tragically, Meyer's 98-year-old mother passed away one day after the raid because of the stress of the situation.

Lawyer Sandy Banisky says that this incident needs to be investigated:

The U.S. Supreme Court, over the years, has said that people in authority — government officials — have to suffer a free press. Incidents like this have to be examined and exposed thoroughly to be sure that the kind of raid that happened in Marion, Kansas doesn’t happen around the country.

Officers seized the newspaper's computers, meaning that all of the reports from anonymous sources claiming that misconduct had been committed were lost.