Nothing in government should surprise me at this point, but here we are. Craig Patty's attorney had the following to say after he sued the DEA and lost looking for them to pay to repair his truck that federal agents used in a drug raid that went sideways:
A federally deputized corporal from the Houston Police Department decides to pay your small company’s driver to drive your truck to the Mexican border, load it up with illegal drugs, and try to catch some bad guys. He knows that the driver is lying to “the owner” – although [the agent] doesn’t know your name or identity and doesn’t bother to find out. The bad guys outwit the cops. Your company’s driver is killed. Your truck is riddled with bullet holes.
Query: is our federal government liable to pay for the damages to you and your property?
You can read the article for the entire sordid tale, but I'm just blown away that we actually need a law on the books that states it's illegal for government agents to take someone's property without their permission (where I'm from we already call that theft), use it to transport illegal goods, and then when said property gets destroyed be under no obligation to fix it.