Police Harassment Upheld
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Cruz-Erazo v. Rivera-Montanez
The plaintiff homeowners alleged that police officers verbally harassed them, intimidated them, occupied their property without permission, deliberately lied in official documents, and perjured themselves in official court proceedings in order to do the homeowners harm. This conduct does not "shock the conscience" as required to state a substantive due process claim. Most of it was "not physically intrusive or violent, nor did it 'strike at the basic fabric' of any protected relationship, such as the parent-child relationship. ..." See: Cruz-Erazo v. Rivera-Montanez, 212 F.3d 617 (1st Cir. 2000).