Federal lawsuit pending against Sheriff Lupe Trevino, former police chief

A federal civil lawsuit is pending against Sheriff Lupe Trevino, former Mission Police Chief Martin Garza, the City of Mission and the County of Hidalgo.

Action 4 News obtained exclusive copies of the newly amended version filed Friday, which has more detailed allegations against the defendants.

The federal documents state six men burst into the home of Jose and Maria Perez demanding aliens and drugs.

It goes on to say that the men were agents and officers of the Panama Unit of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department and officers of the Mission Police Department.

The lawsuit claims that the six men, unlawfully searched and ransacked the Perez home and later forced the elderly couple into an unmarked SUV.

When the couple returned, they realized thousands in gold jewelry and several bottles of cologne were missing.

The Perez couple filed a federal civil lawsuit against not only the men who allegedly busted into their home back in July of 2012, but also against Sheriff Lupe Trevino, Hidalgo County, and the City of Mission, and former Police Chief Martin Garza.

Action 4 News asked attorney James Grissom if the timing of this amendment had anything to do with Sheriff Lupe Trevino's resignation.

That is a coincidence. That has nothing to do with the other news events of the day that was just happenstance, really," said McAllen attorney James Grissom, who is representing the plaintiffs for the lawsuit.

Grissom believes his clients TM 4th, 5th and 14th constitutional rights were violated and hopes a federal judge will grant a hearing in the next few weeks.

We asked Grissom how much his clients were seeking in damages; he said no amount has been listed.

However, he says he has had that discussion with his clients. Grissom also would not comment on whether or not the defense has extended offers to settle the case.