A former Davenport alderman says police illegally searched his home without a warrant in light of charges he threatened his neighbor with a gun.

Keith Meyer, 71, claimed the search was illegal in a motion filed in Scott County District Court, Davenport, where he appeared Wednesday in his assault case.

Meyer claims in the motion that he told Davenport police officers, “You do not have a right to enter my house.” He also claims a police officer then responded, “Watch me.”

Meyer also denies in the motion that he told an officer he had a gun in the house.

Davenport City Attorney Tom Warner could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

At his pretrial conference Wednesday, Meyer accused police of lying.

“I have police officers who are lying about what happened,” Meyer told the judge. “If they’re lying about what happened to me, are they going to be lying about the evidence?”

Meyer is charged with assault while displaying a weapon related to a Nov. 11 incident in the 1000 block of North Marquette Street in which police say he aimed a gun at a neighbor.

He declined to comment following the hearing.

Meyer, who is representing himself, is scheduled to appear in court for a Jan. 22 motion hearing before his aggravated misdemeanor case goes to trial in February.

Last week, he filed a motion to have the assault charge dismissed, which Scott County Associate District Judge Cheryl Traum has yet to rule on.

Meyer served as 3rd Ward alderman for several terms. He lost his re-election bid in 2007.


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A former Davenport alderman accused of threatening a neighbor with a gun appeared this morning in Scott County District Court, where he accused police of lying.

“I have police officers who are lying about what happened,” Keith Meyer, 71, told the judge. “If they’re lying about what happened to me, are they going to be lying about the evidence?”

Meyer is charged with assault while displaying a weapon related to a Nov. 11 incident in the 1000 block of North Marquette Street in which police say he aimed a gun at a neighbor.

He declined to comment following the hearing.

Meyer, who is representing himself, is next scheduled to appear in court for a Jan. 22 motion hearing before his aggravated misdemeanor case goes to trial in February.

He has filed a motion claiming Davenport police officers performed an illegal search of his home without a warrant. He also filed a motion to have the assault charge dismissed, which Scott County Associate District Judge Cheryl Traum has yet to rule on.

Meyer served as 3rd Ward alderman for several terms. He lost his re-election bid in 2007.

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