Policeman arrests the people who are cleaning up his foreclosed house; the Eleventh Circuit helpfully confirms that laws apply to the police, too

Carter v. Filbeck, No. 15-12529 (11th Cir. May 3, 2016).

The first paragraph of the Eleventh Circuit’s opinion tells you all you need to know about this case, which features a police officer who arrested the men preparing the officer’s foreclosed house for resale:

Defendant-Appellant Timothy Filbeck was a lieutenant with the Butts County Sheriff’s Office. When his house was foreclosed upon, he, like anyone else who has been through foreclosure, had certain options available to him. But arresting the new owner’s agents, Plaintiffs-Appellees David Carter, Clayton Graham, Jr., and Mitchell Webster, who were lawfully performing their jobs, was not one of them. And neither was ordering Plaintiffs handcuffed and thrown in jail overnight. We think that should go without saying. Yet Filbeck did these things, anyway. Now Filbeck tries to convince us that he is immune from suit. We are not persuaded. Being a law-enforcement officer is not a license to break the law. And it is certainly not a shield behind which Filbeck may abuse his power with impunity.