Prosecutors argued the fault lies with Autry, calling her an overzealous officer who exhibited “no respect for the people she was investigating.”
“If there had never been a search warrant Bou Bou would’ve never been injured,” said U.S. Attorney Bill McKinnon. “There’s a direct causation.”
Autry was charged with three counts of violating the civil rights of Bou Bou, his parents and siblings. Federal prosecutors had to prove that Autry acted willfully or with reckless disregard by hyping the intelligence in support of the no-knock warrant.
Magistrate Judge James Butterworth testifed this week that, had the case been presented to him as he now knows it to be, he wouldn’t have authorized the warrant.