What to do about a city that engages in illegal searches?
Things are kinda coming to a head in my town. The police are fine, it is the city government who keep trampling people's rights.
Example, a couple of years ago, a city employee was observed on my private property opening my vehicles and digging through the contents. Supposedly I had violated some ordinance, which nobody had heard of until a few months earlier. What is more, the city refuses to provide anyone with a copy of the local ordinances, even for a fee. Even if I had violated all of them there is no reason for anyone to be digging though my personal effects on my property without a warrant.
When I complained directly to the mayor, I was told in no uncertain terms that the city would do whatever the ##@#$ it wanted to do.
Now, they are intent on tearing down some older houses in a part of town because they are "unsightly". The worst part is, they are trying to tear these houses down and charge the owners for doing it. They have been using intimidation and threats of legal action if people won't let city employees inside to inspect the places, which they invariably claim needs to be torn down.
I would like to join forces with other like minded people in my community, but I don't know the first thing about getting something like this started.