Here’s yet another instance where Police raided the wrong home in search of drugs. According to CBS Miami, a 90 year old woman in Riviera Beach, FL got quite the scare when Police entered her home around 1pm on December 18th. The sound of breaking glass woke the woman who hasn’t been named.
Generally when cases like this one come about, it’s usually the Police got the wrong address that was listed on the warrant, but in this case, the Riviera Beach Police Department insists that the address on the warrant was of the house they raided. A lengthy search turned up no drugs. The Police even brought in drug sniffing dogs to hopefully find drugs in the home, but just as the 90 year old resident of the home had insisted, there were no drugs to be found in her home.
Police also caused a fair bit of damage entering her home unannounced, including a broken door, and broken windows, something the Police department has finally decided to pay to replace. Temporary fixes are in place pending the actual repairs which are scheduled to begin later on this week when the door will be replaced, and the new windows will be installed on February 28th.
It’s nice to see the Police admitting they made a mistake here, but here’s something to keep in mind. The incident in question occurred on December 18th, 2014. The door will be replaced this week, and the windows will have to wait until February 28th, which means by the time everything is complete, she will have waited 72 days for the repairs from the time of the incident back in December. That seems like a long time to wait considering it must have become apparent early on that someone made a mistake when deciding to raid this home. This 90 year old wasn’t a thug. Nor did she have any drugs. Why make her wait 72 days to finish repairs? Why raid her home in the first place?
Police do however note that although no drugs were found during the search of her home, it doesn’t discount the possibility of drugs being in the home at one time or another. You’d think after a lengthy investigation beforehand, it would have become clear that there weren’t any drug related activities occurring at this home, and that there was no need to raid the home in the first place, but apparently that’s not how things work. Any reason is good enough to raid a home. Police enter unannounced, which in the past they have claimed is a necessity, but in many cases really isn’t. This woman has lived in this home for 25 years, so it can’t be said that the previous homeowners had been involved in such activities that would warrant this type of raid. In the event that this woman had someone at her home visiting who did use drugs (no one is saying she did, this is meant as a hypothetical) there is still no need for a raid like this, and most certainly no need to not announce your arrival.
The sound of breaking glass, and door’s being forced open should not serve as a means to announce the arrival of Police. There have been a few cases where no knock raids have ended in a fatality. No-knock raids aren’t necessary in many cases, and for the most part put people in danger. In this case, no one was hurt, but think about this: had police decided to announce their presence, they wouldn’t have caused any damage. They would have still been searching the wrong house, but with no damage. If there is no need for that type of entry into a home, then why do it? No-knock raids may serve a purpose in some cases, but not all. This is a 90 year old woman they were dealing with. Inside the home, there were even traces of flash bang devices. Did Police think that was necessary to deal with a 90 year old woman?
It’s obvious that there was a massive oversight that led to the raid of this home. This 90 year old woman wasn’t guilty of anything, and didn’t deserve to be subjected to such stress that an event like this would cause. About the only positive here is the fact Police are paying for damages, aside from that, this is simply another case where Police “got the wrong house”; a phenomenon that has become all too common in the United States.