The War on Drug wages on with misguided vengeance in the state of California, where the police have stolen a chapter from the pages of “Mein Kampf” and are now using more Gestapo tactics than common sense when it comes to investigating illegal drug activity.
Earlier last week, while on a savage hunt for a suspected drug dealer, Bakersfield police mistakenly kicked down the door of apartment occupied by a mother and her four children, and then began to intimidate them with loaded weapons as if they were a bunch of drug peddling hooligans.
Reports indicate that Jessica Walker had just put her kids to bed and was preparing to take a bath, when she heard the sound of dogs barking, followed by a battering ram crashing through her front door and the screams of several armed police officers yelling, “Come down with your hands up, get down!”
Walker did not have a chance to get dressed before she found herself staring down the barrels of several weapons brandished by adrenaline-pumped officers, who she believed might shoot her in the face if she did not immediately lay down on the floor. The violent chaos ricocheting inside the apartment not only woke her children, but it scared them to half to death. “They were screaming. They were screaming, ‘No, mom, no!’ Walker told ABC News.
Come to find out, Bakersfield police had obtained a warrant to conduct a late night raid of Walker’s home, but after searching the residence and running her through the ringers of interrogation, officers realized they had made a mistake and attacked the wrong apartment. They were actually supposed to shakedown her neighbor.
Although, the cops did apologize for breaking down the door and leaving it in an unusable condition, Walker says she still intends to file a complaint with the city because the repairman they sent did not fix her door properly. Walker may also pursue legal action against the city because she believes her 7-year-old will need therapy to deal with the traumatic incident, which has caused him to suffer from reoccurring nightmares.
Fortunately, no one was injured or killed during the incident, which is always a distinct possibility when dealing with these types of law enforcement blunders. In fact, in 2012, Tennessee police killed a man conducting a raid at the wrong house, in which the resident thought he was about to be victimized by burglars and opened fire. “We did the best surveillance we could do, and a mistake was made,” said Lebanon Police Chief Billy Weeks.
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