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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Watchfulmom
Watchfulmom

Now kids.

iowarules

Terry W, what you are saying is called slander and now that it is public, there is evidence of that fact. There is NO proof I did anything wrong ever, because I didn't and to say that I did is slander. I believe that is a crime. Your husband came out and accused me directly of driving through your yard. After I told him that I had it on my video camera of a truck driving through your yard and my two trucks PARKED his response was "then you know who did". Why would I know who did? Did I have a reason to want something done to your property? Calling the police because of a trailer parked on the street that is not against code is petty and childish. My wife was in the truck with me when I was plowing. She will attest that I pushed half to my side and half to yours. After you called the police the first time I quit plowing your side and only plowed my side to my curb. Yet, you still called the police for that. Again, that is petty and childish. I have been given cookies, cases of pop, and gift cards for helping my neighbors with their snow on many different occasions. I believe that speaks for itself. I welcome the police to come look at just where my camera is pointed and they will find that it is indeed pointed to the center of my back yard. I installed camera's at my residence because of many crimes done against my property as well. I have had a window broke out of my car five times, and a gps stolen out of another, and yet another was spray painted. My vehicles and home have been egged several times. Someone broke into my house and did despicable, unmentionable things in my house. My daughter's car was broken into and they did unmentionable things in there as well. How would you like it if I accused you or your husband of doing those things? You can't just go around accusing anyone of anything you want just because you don't like them. To clarify one final time I have never damaged anything on your property, nor have I endorsed or encouraged anyone to do so.

Terry W

So, you think you "know" the fact iowarules.....it's obvious you know or or possibly you are the "good neighbor" responsible for these acts.......seems to me that is who this is as you to know so much. First, lying about the FIRST time approached for plowing the CITY street, just as the neighbor across the street previously had to get after you for (she told me). Yes, it IS the City street that you were plowing and it DID end up......all of it on our side, and sidewalk as you are well aware there is no curb and where do you think it would go after the city plow plowed ONE side because you plowed it all away from your side to the center It is not legal to plow the city streets, if you had helped to clean up OUR mess that was created because of you it would have been a different outcome, but you did NOT do so and did not care to help.. I had infant grandchildren that had to be dropped off, trying to get around that mess.. When I approached YOU.....this is how it went down........I told YOU to stop it......to which your reply was "what", I'm not doing anything", and I then said if you don't stop it I was going to call the police and to that you said "nice neighbor" and then I left....... no one shouted/said ANYTHING else. muth less shouted profanities......so you are a LIAR, no surprise there. The police DO have the pictures of what has been done to my "precious" property and now with the latest, they have confirmation of the vehicle, and after him telling m husband he works for you.....well that explains it all doesn't it. . YOU could have been a decent neighbor instead of being defiant from the very beginning and YOU are the only one (besides your bud) that did the last damage, who are responsible for this and you KNOW it.......the police have to build a case, have evidence which they now have so you are the one who needs to mind your own business and stop damaging others property. You try looking out your window everyday and see the view we do........it is against City code.......and by the way, thanks for what you did to my daughters vehicle too, that night you did it was the day we buried my granddaughters father that had been killed by a drunk driver, Nice neighbor indeed.......when did we EVER damange ANYTHING of yours??????? Just trying to get you to follow code/clean up that mess you have going on. Not buying the whole camera pointed at our windows eihter.......that is where it is aimed, and it was the Police officer that said it couldn't be pointed going into someones house........that is where it is aimed. And as far as my "harassment" ......phone calls are not "harassment", what you have done to our propert is criminal........as I have been told by the City and the Police. The video is the proof they needed, now take your medicine and KNOCK it off.

iowarules

And by the way, if Terry W's accusations held any merit at all, her neighbor would have received a ticket or warrant for arrest, or something. To date he has not received so much as even a phone call. If the police have not called her it is because there is no evidence or reason for them to pursue her fraudulent and baseless claims. If there has been any harassment going on it has been on her part per the evidence of frivolous phone calls to the police and the city on her neighbor that has done nothing more than try and be a good neighbor by plowing out 18 inches of snow for his neighbors. Try kindness TerryW. It goes a lot further with people.

iowarules

I would like to set the record straight with Terry W. Terry W's neighbor was plowing the street that the city does not plow for his neighbors so they could get through. He was not pushing it into their sidewalk or anything like that when she and her husband drove up and began yelling profanities at him for doing it followed up by a call to the police. She has since called the police at least a half dozen times for him doing the same thing. She has also called the city of Davenport and made several complaints about his property and additional calls to the police regarding the parking of his trailer on the street to which has been deemed perfectly legal. His other neighbors offer him gratuities for being a helpful and kind neighbor. If damages were done to her precious property it was not from him and he can prove it by the camera's on his house. By the way the camera on the rear of his house is directly facing his back yard, not her bay window. Terry W needs to mind her own business and quit complaining about everyone else when it is obvious who the real problem is.

Terry W

I don't think I or anybody else said it is ok to pull weapons, obviously nitrous55 you have never been the VICTIM of attacks by a neighbor (2 time felon with an assult charge as well) so you have no idea the frustration it can cause someone, mentally stable or not.....I as a tax paying citizen EXPECT the police to respond, not ignore valid incidents of harassment/criminal damage to property by a neighbor (as I have had). As I said I have been dealing with this for years and had to install a camera at MY expense to capture the proof/evidence.....how about a cop tell you in regards to this individual that has a camera pointed right at our bay window, "I don't think that's legal......you know what I'd do........get a pellet gun"........Nice..........as I said I UNDERSTAND his frustration, and you don't know what that neighbor has done to him either to drive him to feel he needed to defend himself in that manner. Not saying it's right.....but I sure do understand, having gone through what I have..

1of3

While it does seem like Mr. Meyer is a little "off". It also seems to me that police and City officials used this incident to retaliate against Mr. Meyer for disrupting a recent town meeting. I hope the judge will give him a fair trial. It would not surprise me in the least to find out that police lied, or that they illegally searched his home. These types of things are common practices with some police officers.

Terry W

SO, you don't think the police lie.........are you kidding me.......they are not all truthful, just like anybody else, good and bad - in ALL professions. I have experienced the VERY SAME thing with a neighbor going on 4 years now......since May he has attacked our property 4 times last on 12/9 of which was captured on video of the vehicle doing the damage.......dropped off to the PD next day.....then found the vehicle responsible on 12/20, made 2 phone calls a week apart with the license plate/video/pictures of this vehicle and reqests left on voice mail to call me regarding this and NO PHONE calls back. FINALLY after ME contacting a member of the PD though other resources I have gotten SOMEWHERE........so as of 1/7.......they had not even ran the plate of this vehicle of which they had since 12/20. I certainly UNDERSTAND Keith's frustration, COMPLETELY. When the PD don't respond what do you think can come of it. I feel for Keith, been in his shoes.

nitrous55

So, it is ok to start pulling weapons when we have disagreements? Great. Then we can have a crisis not go to waste to have daddy government come in and give us more regulations to live by.

Watchfulmom
Watchfulmom

I've read and reread these comments and I see nowhere where anyone is saying it's ok to break out the gun. A few of us are just saying we understand the frustration and feeling of desparation that lead to it. It's unfortunate he felt that threatened and helpless.

ddp

my opinion is that Keith and his neighbor should have to participate in a mediation instead of having to deal with criminal charges. we all know how arguments escalate into the absurd and we all know that most disputes can be settled with a reasonable neutral party that authentically listens to both sides and discerns common ground.

The court system is all too often an income generating machine for lawyers. no one in this country should have to spend thousands for a "fair and speedy" trial.

nitrous55

Agree. This should have been settle years ago. Each pay for half of a tall privacy fence along the property line, each pay for their own drive way (and as many speed bumps as they want), and leave each other alone.

ddp

nitrous55, you should be in mediation.

Watchfulmom
Watchfulmom

I feel sad for Keith and any other resident who has neighbor problems that never get resolved. The solution picked in my neighborhood seems to be to move. I'm so sorry to see so many good people give up and go. Without the help from who you turn to one tends to feel backed into a corner and feel alone enough to think you have to try and solve it yourself. I'm willing to bet there's way more to this than is being reported. I'm willing to bet this.....neighbor is enjoying pushing his buttons.

LugNut

I'm sure the police are lying???? They want to clog up the court system with Keith Meyer. Maybe he should plead temporary insanity.

dendroid
dendroid

the city's persecution of this eccentric,disabled man is horrific and in my opinion violates ADA

nitrous55

I don't see Dalton's name mentioned. If she does hear it, at least that would be the worst punishment he'd get.

JS824

Judge Christine Dalton huh? I feel a harsh sentence of ten weeks in church is coming. Worked for Pachino.

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