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Knock, knock? Whoops!

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Colton, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Annapolis police raided the wrong apartment Wednesday night, using flash grenades and kicking a resident in the groin before they realized their mistake, police and the family said.

    Police spokesman Hal Dalton said something must have gone amiss in the briefing beforehand. "We don't know how the mistake was made," Dalton said.

    Silvia Bernal, 30, told The (Annapolis) Capital that about 15 officers burst through the front door of her apartment while she was cooking dinner about 8:20 p.m. She said the officers kicked her husband in the groin while she fled into a bedroom and barred the door with her body.

    Then she said both of them were taken to the ground and handcuffed. The Capital said a police officer went outside and realized they had raided the wrong residence.

    Dalton said they were supposed to have raided a different apartment and said the incident was regrettable.

    Spa Cove apartment manager Latisha Marshall says there is a large dent in the front door. And she said there are two large black stains from the flash-bang grenades police deployed after entering the apartment.

    When officers and the city's tactical squad went to the right unit, they said it was empty.
  2. huntsie

    huntsie Active Member

    Geezus! Isn't that a kick in the nuts? ;D
  3. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Let us know when the follow-up runs; which will include the Annapolis Police Department getting the multi-million dollar lawsuit it so richly deserves.
  4. cake in the rain

    cake in the rain Active Member

    This happens so frequently that it barely qualifies as news, unfortunately. (http://www.cato.org/raidmap/)

    And a recent Supreme Court ruling will only embolden lazy cops (http://www.reason.com/blog/show/120331.html)

    An hour or two of surveillance could eliminate errors and lead to easy, non-violent arrests when the target is going to work, walking his dog, getting the mail, etc. But that would mean that cops wouldn't be able to dress up and play Rambo, and we couldn't have that.
  5. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    Thanks for that map. Good stuff.

    And considering how many innocent deaths occur from these botched raids, maybe they ALL should be bigger news.
  6. Bob Slydell

    Bob Slydell Active Member

    I understand raiding the wrong apartment, but did they have to kick the guy in the junk?
  7. Mayfly

    Mayfly Active Member

    I guess they wanted to make a point?
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Kicking someone in the shins isn't very manly. Where's your pride, Bob?
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