Skip to comments.Police and federal agents raid Charlotte home by mistake
Posted on 06/22/2012 10:05:51 PM PDT by Altariel
ochester police and federal agents made a mistake in Charlotte this week that has one woman baffled and frightened. She wants to know how they could mistake her house for one they were supposed to raid in a drug bust.
I was sitting in my living room texting on my phone and I heard somebody come in my back door. I didn't realize at the time what they were saying, but ultimately they were yelling out A-T-F, A-T-F.
Nancy Dominicos says what happened next at her home on Tiernan Street Wednesday night is almost unbelievable.
I thought it was a family member pulling a joke on me. And all of the sudden I looked up and they were in my dinning room pointing a loaded gun at me telling me they had a federal warrant to search my premises.
Dominicos says she kept telling the three ATF agents this wasn't right. They told her they were searching for narcotics and asked if anyone else was home. She said her adult son was upstairs and that's when this story almost turned tragic.
My son had heard me arguing with this man and it was not a voice he'd recognize. My son is a hunter, he put a bullet in the chamber of his gun. They heard that, they yelled down long gun, at that point there he told another ATF agent that was with me, handcuff her and take her out, Dominicos said.
Thankfully Dominicos' son recognized it was law enforcement and put the gun down right away. Dominicos says the handcuffs caused bruises and as she was going outside with an ATF agent she heard him say they had the wrong house. The ATF and Rochester police executed a number of search warrants Wednesday night. Police sent us a statement, saying they entered the home through an unlocked side door and quote:
"Upon encountering an elderly resident, the team realized that they were at the wrong location at that time and left the premises."
Officers then searched the correct house down the street.
Dominicos says the whole event plays over and over in her mind,
I'm still terrified. It's almost like a P.T.S.D. experience, you keep hearing things. You think oh my God I hear a door slam, I hear someone pulling into my driveway. I see a light it's like oh my God are they back?
"How could they make that mistake, how could they make that mistake?
Drug War has to end.
No dogs shot!? WTF!
Simple ... there are never any consequences for them when they do.
They all belong in prison, along with the toads that(fail to) supervise them.
Charges should include, but not be limited to burglary, breaking and entering, assault with a deadly weapon, deprivation of civil rights under color of the law, and conspiracy to commit.
Gee, a mistake was made therefore all cops are bad ... go figure.
It’s easy for a cop to blow off the loss of others’ feelings of security, privacy, freedom as just a mistake at the hands of your brothers. After all, that’s what you do every day. The rest of us don’t feel that way.
Be sure to check back tomorrow, and every tomorrow.
Burglary, breaking and entering, assault with a deadly weapon, deprivation of civil rights under color of the law, and conspiracy to commit aren't "mistakes", "Doc".
They're crimes. Felonies, even. The perpetrators in weird costumes belong in prison.
You aren't defending violent criminals, are you?
No more playing soldier rod cops. No more of this sh1t.
I spent most of my adult life as a police officer, my primary objective in getting out of bed in the morning was to protect and serve. That was drilled into me in training and reiterated all through my career as a police officer. I like to think I did a pretty good job matching the expectations of the police credo “protect and serve”. Most of my colleagues thought the same way and yet we are all condemned my mistakes like this. Go figure.
Back then, there was some "midnight" requirement, but I would vote for a law requiring immediate summary execution for anyone (regardless of their attire or paperwork) forcibly entering an occupied residence, unless there is active gunfire or some such coming from inside said residence.
How is it that millions of law-abiding Americans manage to get addresses *correct* every single day but purportedly law-enforcing officers cannot?
By the way, if any non-officer had broken into their same home, he would not get away with claiming he “made a mistake”, but would be arrested for breaking and entering.
Charge the offending government thugs with the same crime.
“Oh, this is the wrong house? You’re all under arrest for breaking and entering, and causing unnecessary emotional distress on these good citizens”.
a brainless twit ... Are you referring to me?
Breaking and entering is not a “mistake”.
If you’re going to bust into a house like you’re looking for Khalid Sheik Mohammed, you think you might check the address first?
Also, why is ATF doing drug busts? (just curious, I really don’t know)
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It is so sad how much the average citizen hates the police, yet 911 is the most called phone number in the US.
Couldn’t alcohol be considered a drug?/s
Sure, we’ll just add some more letters anyway.
Originally ATF, then BATFE, now BATFED!
The average citizen doesn't hate the police. When the police forcibly enter an occupied residence, they become the criminals by their own actions.
It’s sad that one attempts to defend breaking and entering, when government employees are breaking multiple laws and committing multiple felonies.
Are you concerned that your own felonies committed against law-abiding citizens will come to light if you do not speak in defense of your “brethren”?
Worried you might be retaliated against for “snitching” on government employees?
As I have said before ... if someone is breaking into your house ... order a pizza. The pizza delivery guy will help you.
If you say, I will get my gun and shoot the intruder, remember; in most states gun ownership is restricted. Besides, most Americans have been brainwashed to the point that they will not have a gun in the house. Why ... because the don’t believe in them (often quoted on TV police dramas).
[Enitre post redacted so I don’t get zotted.]
“Thankfully Dominicos’ son recognized it was law enforcement and put the gun down right away.”
Otherwise, he’d have been dead and the murderers would never face justice.
Please repost in private mail so I can enjoy your love of police.
Use the same game plan they have - make them famous. Arrest the the lackeys, roll them by threatening or taking all their families' possessions and future livelihood, then move up the food chain to "the big fish".
Take away the pensions of the big fish, take them through a media gauntlet in handcuffs (perp walk), make a reality TV program based on big fish in a turbulent jail pond, then use the infamy to goad the big fish into doing their job properly - keeping the frikin' peace.
This is no less harsh than what's happening every day to innocent families across the nation.
ATF are not cops, they are federal bureaucrats with automatic weapons.
Yes, because we, the public, would rather a few criminals get away, and keep our civil liberties, than live with this ever-expanding police state. If you are worried about not getting condemned for this type of behavior, then you should rally against it along with the rest of us and help us end it. We are not about to find it acceptable any time soon.
Then why have civilian law enforcement been militarized?
No, they are cops with a federal mandate. Just like the State police are cops with a state mandate. Just like local police are cops with a city or county mandate.
I can plug some info into my nav system in my SUV, and have it guide me halfway across the country to the front door of a place I’ve never been before. There is NO excuse for something like this happening with the police. I hope she sues their asses off.
Why are we sending out militarized groups of police to raid homes for “narcotics” anyway? Is there are shortage of ‘real’ criminals to go after in Charlotte? This drug prohibition of ours must end. We haven’t learned a dammed thing from the 1920s.
Because so many average citizens have run across lying, power tripping people with badges that leave a bad taste in their mouth.
Stereotypes don't spring out of nowhere.
I don't agree with the posters trying to assert this a 'burglary', etc., but I do see the War on Drugs as worse than the impact of drugs themselves. I often wonder how long it will take to shift toward more sane, and less exacerbating, policies with respect to drug use.
Bullcrap. They are bureaucrats more concerned about justifying their budget increases to Congress than upholding the Constitution.
Maybe 911 should be used for life threatening emergencies, not because someone didn't get enough mayo on their sandwich... just sayin...
As for the "hate", it seems the hate is coming from the other direction. Citizens are routinely disrespected, needled, gouged, threatened, and attacked by their employees who seem to have an addiction themselves - to adrenaline - and unlimited resources, immunity, and early retirement.
Here is the basis for bad mouthing cops on this Board (IMHO): Because you and all other cops and ex-cops on here will not admit cops do wrong things, overstep their bounds, shoot dogs unnecessarily, sometimes kill the wrong people, break into the wrong houses more and more,etc. You act like cops are perfect and should get a pass on every mistake they make because they are cops.
What about serving the public? Cops need to punish other cops when those cops make mistakes or break the law. But that hardly ever happens. Cops just circle the wagons.
Get your brothers to follow the law and see that they get punished when they don’t. Then cops will be more respected.
“Because so many average citizens have run across lying, power tripping people with badges that leave a bad taste in their mouth.”
Not only that, but if you’ve ever tried to report any kind of police misconduct, there’s not a single cop outside of IA who will help you. Quite a few will take the opportunity to pile more abuse on you.
The “few bad apples” excuse doesn’t work when all the other apples protect the bad ones.
“If you say, I will get my gun and shoot the intruder, remember; in most states gun ownership is restricted.”
Couldn’t be more wrong if you tried...and perhaps you are trying. In reality with the exception of a handful of
states gun ownership is virtually unrestricted aside from the stupid useless BATFEces prohibitions regarding full auto etc.
Since you are so so so so so wrong on something as easy to research and be accurate on as the point mentioned it’s quite obvious that your opinions and statements on all other subjects are dubious...at best.
I guess we can grant you the monicker of “boot licker du jour”.
There ought to be a bond program required of law enforcement. You want to go and search a house....post a $5 million dollar bond. You screw up....you lose the bond immediately. It’ll come out of your budget. It’ll only take one screw-up for a town council to start asking questions and fire the people at the top for not managing things the right way.
Arguing with anarchist is just pointless.
NOT BY ME IT ISN’T. I will take care of my own problems and take out my own trash if necessary. I have lots of places to dispose of garbage, human and otherwise.
The pizza delivery guy will not assist if the criminal breaking into my home is a government employee.
Thank you for reminding Free Republic that you support breaking and entering when government employees engage in the crime.
Yep, she came, very, very close to losing her child. This insane drug war is nothing but a direct assault on our Constitutional rights.
Milton Friedman brilliantly lays bare the fools who think the "Drug War" is moral and just.
Some day the evil War on Drugs will end. A few years after that, we will all wonder how could our Government be so wrong in pursuing.
Then again, if you are a Statist the Drug War makes perfect sense.
We don’t necessarily hate the police as a whole but we are damned tired of their storm trooper tactics and flaunting the laws and the Constitution. What ever happened to serving a warrant at the front door after knocking and telling the resident that you are the police; you have a warrant to search the premises and you request cooperation. When you act like the Gestapo or an SS thug you are asking for trouble and some day you will surely get it.
Just an after thought, everybody I know does have a weapon in the home and knows how to use it. Perhaps we just don’t watch your precious cop dramas on tv.
Nope but the ones too darned lazy to even verify their information sure are bad. No Search Warrants on a residence should ever be allowed to be served unless the officer taking it out based on HIS or HER information as sworn before a Judge is on scene to serve it.
There are very quick and easy ways to verify a house address even if the street number is not on the house. A good cop will run the tags of vehicles of surrounding homes or use other accurate means to determine correct location. What made the cops look worse is cuffing the lady.
The Wars government has declared on "We The People" leads to these boo boo's. You would think with several agencies involved at least one in their presense would be competent.
Law Enforcement needs to be directed back to Protect and Serve missions and not Rambo. LEO needs to be demilitarized including the wearing of military type gear & military type uniforms. The black Tee Shirts need to go as well. Any Schmuck can make or buy an AFT or POLICE Tee Shirt. All raids should be conducted with officers in the typical patrol uniform. The only exception should be in hostage situations. No Knock Warrants should never be allowed either.
The private citizen living in the home deserves to feel secure in their home and should have every right to assume anyone busting down their door is a dangerous threatening intruder. Any Schmuck entering your home by busting in wanting to kill you can yell ATF, Police, Pizza, whatever also.
Ah, now your earlier comment to me makes sense. Sadly, while most LEOs still serve as you did, far too many don’t these days. It’s later than most think.
But Bogart Barry and the Sinolas have the market cornered! It's fur the cheeruns!
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