Man held at gunpoint in handcuffs on his own front lawn
December 23, 2013
Connor Guerrero didn’t exactly get an apology after police erroneously raided his home last week and handcuffed him on his front lawn.
Instead, Guerrero says a Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy told him he should be grateful he wasn’t killed.
Guerrero, a recent college graduate, says he was enjoying a nice Wednesday evening at home when he heard someone outside.
“Just trying to enjoy my evening. All the sudden, I see a flashlight shining through my doors…,” Guerrero said. “I’m thinking this could be a dangerous situation for me.”
Assuming he was the target of a robbery, Guerrero went to his door to ward off the potential thieves. That’s when things got out of control.
“I come over to my door and I slap it to say hey someone is in this house and they’re not going to let you come in here… Right as soon as I opened this door, and it’s dark outside – it’s very dark and all I can see is a pistol,” Guerrero recalled.
Guerrero heard a man yell, “Sheriff’s Office” and complied with an order to step outside of his home.
Police held him at gunpoint, handcuffed him and accused him of breaking into his house.
“They directed me to take a knee, well both knees,” he said. “The gun [was] still drawn.”
When police finally looked at Guerrero’s ID, they realized they had the wrong house, but deputies weren’t about to admit their mistake.
Instead, Guerrero says an officer told him, “You’re lucky I didn’t [expletive] shoot you.”
Police were in the area investigating reports of a suspicious vehicle but “went to the wrong house,” according to KREM.
One Sheriff explained the error, saying Guerrero was partially to blame. “You don’t pound on a door, open it and slam it that way. Put yourself in the deputies’ position,” Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich stated.
Sheriff Knezovich says the department has already offered an apology, but Guerrero would like it to personally come from the two deputies involved in the raid.
It’s simply incredible that, despite the expansive surveillance network and advanced law enforcement technologies, raids on incorrect houses are still commonplace, but it’s even more incredible when police terrorize the public and refuse to own up to their mistakes.
As Texas and other states clear a path for search warrants to be obtained on “predictions of future crimes,” the potential for error will increase accordingly, and erroneous raids such as the one just described will occur with increased frequency.
H/T Opposing Views