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Buffalo Woman Says Police Raided Wrong House, Killed Her Dog
WKBW (Buffalo) ^ | August 30, 2012 | John Borsa

Posted on 09/04/2012 11:12:10 AM PDT by Altariel

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - When Rita Hairston's husband died five years ago, she adopted a dog to keep her company and help her through an emotional time.

Prada was 5-years-old at the time. The black Labrador Retriever became more than a pet, but a part of Hairston's family. A companion.

Last Saturday morning, she returned to her E. Morris Ave. house in University Heights in Buffalo and discovered her home had been broken into and Prada was missing.

There was a puddle of blood on the floor and bullet holes in the door of a bedroom where Prada slept.

But it was not a burglar who broke in. Hairston found a search warrant, signed by a judge, issued to the Erie County Sheriff's Department, on her kitchen floor.

Hairston said police raided her home, searching for cocaine, connected to a man named Lance Thompson.

Hairston said she rents another home she owns to Thompson, who dates her daughter, but he does not live in her residence and she has absolutely no connection to his alleged illegal activities.

A spokesperson for the sheriff's office said they had probable cause to search Hairston's residence because Thompson's alleged drug activities were suspected to take place from Hairston's house on occasion. The home which she rents to Thompson was also searched.

Deputies were forced to shoot and kill Prada during the raid because he threatened them, the spokesman said.

No drugs were recovered from Hairston's home.

Watch Eyewitness News at 11:00 Thursday night for more on this story.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 2012; assholecop; buffalo; cocaine; cop; cops; dog; doggieping; donutwatch; drugs; drugwar; govtabuse; labradorretriever; militarizedpolice; newyork; police; policebrutality; policestate; rapeofliberty; tyranny; warondogs; warondrugs; wod; wodlist; wosd
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1 posted on 09/04/2012 11:12:20 AM PDT by Altariel
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To: Altariel

Yet another for the donutwatch ping list.


2 posted on 09/04/2012 11:13:22 AM PDT by Crazieman (Are you naive enough to think VOTING will fix this entrenched system?)
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To: Altariel

I always wonder are the cops required to ‘guard’ the door after breaking it down from such a ‘visit’? Can they simply walk away after destroying the property?


3 posted on 09/04/2012 11:15:34 AM PDT by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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To: Altariel

Maybe the cops are shooting the dogs so that they can send them to Obama so he has a taste of his childhood to enjoy.


4 posted on 09/04/2012 11:17:53 AM PDT by History Repeats (Drink plenty of TEA, but avoid the Koolaid.)
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To: Altariel

The cops must have been afraid of being licked to death.


5 posted on 09/04/2012 11:20:52 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Theoria

Unfortunately, yes. In bad areas, this can lead to your house being looted while you’re trying to get out of jail.


6 posted on 09/04/2012 11:21:41 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Altariel

On my Bucket List would be:

Every cop involved.
Every Supervisor involved.
The Judge who signed the Warrant.

L


7 posted on 09/04/2012 11:22:52 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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8 posted on 09/04/2012 11:23:49 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Crazieman

Give it a Pepsi so it will “Come Alive”.


9 posted on 09/04/2012 11:24:15 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Altariel

Well they had to shoot something otherwise it’s not a good outing, and of course, why not an unarmed dog doing nothing more than protecting its home from intruders.


10 posted on 09/04/2012 11:24:15 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Little Ray

The cops are your friends. (though they do tend to shoot your best friend these days)


11 posted on 09/04/2012 11:24:40 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Altariel
Deputies were forced to shoot and kill Prada during the raid because he threatened them, the spokesman said.

I bet he did. That is why the dog's body is missing... More likely it was shot from behind.

12 posted on 09/04/2012 11:25:03 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: Altariel

I think I’d be more upset with my daughter and her “boyfriend” than the police.


13 posted on 09/04/2012 11:25:22 AM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: Dogbert41

“I think I’d be more upset with my daughter and her “boyfriend” than the police.”

Funny how that gets skipped over so it becomes all about the Jack Booted Thugs at “the wrong house.”


14 posted on 09/04/2012 11:28:04 AM PDT by jessduntno ("Racism is not dead...it is on life support - kept alive by politicians..." - Thomas Sowell)
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To: Crazieman

Lets try it this way, for a change...

The owners were forced to shoot and kill the deputies during the raid because they threatened them, the spokesman said.

The department will clean the apartment immediately, as well as repairing any shot damage.


15 posted on 09/04/2012 11:28:24 AM PDT by benewton
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To: Dogbert41

The daughter and boyfriend weren’t the ones who intruded on the woman’s property in this instance.


16 posted on 09/04/2012 11:30:44 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

law enforcement has morphed into a kind of paramilitary.

Sure, cops as we know them still write traffic tickets and respond to robberies, etc... but it seems all arrests now of any felonies seem to be done by the SWAT style guys.

Not a good sign for our future liberties.


17 posted on 09/04/2012 11:31:30 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Paladin2

The cops are not your friends. Talk to them with caution. Always make them fulfil the requirements of the law (”Get a warrant”) and don’t talk to them under adversarial conditions without a lawyer.


18 posted on 09/04/2012 11:31:50 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Altariel

I really believe they teache these contemporaruy NAZIs at the police acadmies to always shoot the dogs first.

Americans need to take their country back - back from Obama and back from the NAZI goons Bush II unleashed.


19 posted on 09/04/2012 11:31:52 AM PDT by ZULU (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd)
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To: jessduntno; Dogbert41

Are y’all too stupid to be upset about two things at once?


20 posted on 09/04/2012 11:31:52 AM PDT by Eaker (Stripping Americans of their freedom and dignity and rubbing their noses in it is a very bad idea.)
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To: jessduntno

Good to know that you also support government agents intruding the homes of American citizens.

I suppose you won’t be complaining when it is your home that is invaded? You’ll just roll over and cower?


21 posted on 09/04/2012 11:33:14 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

“Buffalo Woman Says Police Raided Wrong House, Killed Her Dog”

Sheriff’s office responds: “That’s what they all say, after we raid the wrong house and shoot the dog. With the high number of identical cases, it just proves we are on the right path. If there’s no smoke, start a fire.”


22 posted on 09/04/2012 11:33:41 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: Altariel

“I suppose you won’t be complaining when it is your home that is invaded? You’ll just roll over and cower?”

I don’t know any coke dealers...and you sure don’t know anything about me.


23 posted on 09/04/2012 11:37:50 AM PDT by jessduntno ("Racism is not dead...it is on life support - kept alive by politicians..." - Thomas Sowell)
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To: Altariel
The solution is to NOT be associated with any real address to anyone. How to Be Invisible: The Essential Guide to Protecting Your Personal Privacy, Your Assets, and Your Life (Revised Edition)
24 posted on 09/04/2012 11:38:53 AM PDT by King_Corey (www.kingcorey.com -- OpenCarry.org)
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To: Eaker

“Are y’all too stupid to be upset about two things at once?”

Nope. You?


25 posted on 09/04/2012 11:39:11 AM PDT by jessduntno ("Racism is not dead...it is on life support - kept alive by politicians..." - Thomas Sowell)
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To: Altariel

They shot the dog “through the door”.

Apparently the dog was threatening them “through the door”.

Somehow.


26 posted on 09/04/2012 11:45:41 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Altariel

Cops get more points when they shoot the dogs inside their homes.


27 posted on 09/04/2012 11:45:53 AM PDT by pallis
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To: jessduntno; Dogbert41
Funny how that gets skipped over so it becomes all about the Jack Booted Thugs at “the wrong house.”

But it does give us the opportunity to discuss 'the other side' of the story.

I'll continue the first thought....

Daughter was having 'boyfriend' over to Momma's to do some sales, because his house was 'TOO HOT'. Momma was out, so it was cool. Besides, they'd done it several times before.

He just wasn't there when the LE arrived.

Now... the dog is another issue. SWAT procedure is to gain control of all means of entry and exit. Dogs mess that all up. Rule 1: Shoot them first. It is a simple case of logic.

Right or wrong?

28 posted on 09/04/2012 11:48:30 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: Altariel

The headline is misleading, the police apparently had a warrant for the botth woman’s home and the other home she rented to the alleged drug dealer who dates her daughter.

That said, these dog shootings by police are becoming ridiculous. The were threatened by a Labrador? Most labs would probably lead the cops or any other strangers to the drugs rather than attack them.

I am starting to think laws need to be passed to make it a felony for a police officer to shoot a dog unless it has actually BITTEN someone.

No officer, especially while amongst a group of other officers, is any danger of death or truly critical injury, until the dog has actually attacked. At the point of attack the cop or his fellow officers can still shoot the dog.

A dog is not like a person with a weapon, who can kill an officer before he or the other officers have time to respond.


29 posted on 09/04/2012 11:48:38 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: jessduntno
It WAS the wrong house. At the very least, it was the wrong house at the moment they idiotically decided to raid. Nothing illegal, no additional evidence nor the individual were found. An innocent person's property was destroyed, an innocent dog killed and the property left unsecured.

It was an absolute 100% fail in investigation AND execution by the JBTs.

Cops must be 100% sure there is a purpose before executing such a raid and putting everyone in danger. No excuses. Fire every single person involved and charge them with animal cruelty for making the dog suffer. Then make sure they never work for the government again.

I'm and engineer and if I make one mistake that results in even a dog's death, I'll never work in this business again. Cops should be held to an even higher standard.

30 posted on 09/04/2012 11:49:13 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: Theoria
I always wonder are the cops required to ‘guard’ the door after breaking it down from such a ‘visit’?

NO.

Can they simply walk away after destroying the property?

YES.

31 posted on 09/04/2012 11:49:55 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: UCANSEE2

What I don’t understand is why they are always raiding the wrong house? Those dispatchers should be held responsible too.


32 posted on 09/04/2012 11:53:20 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Above My Pay Grade

They did not have a warrant for this woman’s residence; even their spokesperson is merely parroting the “probable cause” excuse.

No warrant [should equal] No raid.


33 posted on 09/04/2012 11:53:44 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

The cops had to shoot the dog. If they didn’t he might have escaped through the open door that they broke down and could no longer close. /s


34 posted on 09/04/2012 11:58:09 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (The First Amendment is a large caliber weapon. USE IT !!!)
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To: varyouga

“It WAS the wrong house.”

Well. I know math pretty well myself and I can’t calculate the odds of that being the “wrong house.” What you are trying to say is that they had no reason to be there, went into a random house and AFTER THE FACT found out there was a deep connection? Or are you saying that they might not have come at the propitious moment? Heh heh.

Whew. It’s gotta be the cop’s fault, either way I guess. Pigs.


35 posted on 09/04/2012 11:59:48 AM PDT by jessduntno ("Racism is not dead...it is on life support - kept alive by politicians..." - Thomas Sowell)
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To: Altariel

Is that you, Chett99?


36 posted on 09/04/2012 12:05:22 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: varyouga; Dogbert41
It WAS the wrong house. At the very least, it was the wrong house at the moment they idiotically decided to raid.

Idiotically? The search warrant on 'momma's house' was in addition to the one on the alleged drug dealer's house. This would logically imply that they were WATCHING his house. So... what to do.. Hey Honey, it's off to Momma's house we go. When is she 'out' for several hours ?

Nothing illegal, no additional evidence nor the individual were found.

As you say, "at the moment".

An innocent person's property was destroyed, an innocent dog killed and the property left unsecured.

I think I’d be more upset with my daughter and her “boyfriend” than the police....by Dogbert41

37 posted on 09/04/2012 12:06:09 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: VRWCarea51

Sadly, I wouldn’t be surprised.


38 posted on 09/04/2012 12:08:58 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
"...Is that you, Chett99?"

ROTFLMAO! That was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw these threads...

Okay. Near thread hijacking risk has returned to manageable levels...return to the discussion at hand.

39 posted on 09/04/2012 12:13:24 PM PDT by rlmorel ("It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong." Voltaire)
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To: King_Corey

Reading it now.

Thanks.

The Invisible ‘Mander


40 posted on 09/04/2012 12:15:49 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: Altariel

“But it was not a burglar who broke in. Hairston found a search warrant, signed by a judge, issued to the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, on her kitchen floor”

The article is not 100% clear, but if you watch the video of the local news (at about the 1:46 mark) it is clear that the warrant was for BOTH her tenant’s home and her personal residence.

Of course, this does not justify the police killing the poor dog. However, this is NOT (as the title suggested) a case of the cops breaking down the wrong door and shooting the dog.


41 posted on 09/04/2012 12:17:16 PM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: freekitty
What I don’t understand is why they are always raiding the wrong house?

It wasn't the WRONG house. The Search Warrant was completely correct in all aspects, and the house was ONE among TWO they searched.

It's just that they didn't find the PERP or EVIDENCE at the (alleged) Drug Dealer's Girlfriend's MOTHER's HOUSE. And they shot the dog.

Do you think there is a chance that because his house was UNDER SURVEILLANCE (and likely he knew), that he MIGHT have taken advantage of the MOTHER'S house while she wasn't home ? How hard is it to convince your druggie girlfriend to let you USE (just about anyone at all) the HOUSE , especially if you promise her a slice off the top?

42 posted on 09/04/2012 12:17:25 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: jessduntno

The warrent was good, killing the dog was probably unnessary, and based on the story they apparently found nothing in her home or they would have waited for her to return and arrested her. The best she can hope for is value of her dog as repayment. Probably about $350.


43 posted on 09/04/2012 12:21:36 PM PDT by qman (The communist usurper must go!)
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To: rlmorel

Very disgusting isn’t it?

I can’t stand it.

This person is sick.

P.S.

Thank you for your comment.


44 posted on 09/04/2012 12:25:11 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: King_Corey
I haven't read that book, but I'm familiar with it. I suppose the first thing you should do is set up a Facebook account using your real name and proceed to list your employer, associates, express strong political views, and be certain to post plenty of personal photographs-- all updated frequently.

But I'll check out that book just to be sure. Thanks.

45 posted on 09/04/2012 12:29:50 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Altariel

This is the 3rd article today on cops killing dogs!


46 posted on 09/04/2012 12:31:52 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Well, I don’t know about sick and disgusting. I don’t know the poster very well, and besides, things hit different people different ways.

It does seem that there are more of the “cops shoot dog” threads than there used to be.


47 posted on 09/04/2012 12:32:00 PM PDT by rlmorel ("It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong." Voltaire)
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Click the link to be added to the "Whoops. Sorry, citizen. We thought you were someone else" PING list.

48 posted on 09/04/2012 12:42:54 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: PGR88

Police SWAT teams are used for serving any manner of legal processes these days as is now seen with the US Dept. of Education that uses a SWAT team to collect on past-due student loans...and I am not kidding about that.


49 posted on 09/04/2012 12:45:23 PM PDT by MeganC (The Cinemark theatre in Aurora, CO is a 'Gun Free Zone'. Spread the word.)
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To: qman

Probably is a big word. Are you saying if they found 6 kilos of coke, it would have been all good? Sounds unfair. Like life. But c’mon, the boyfriend just HAPPENED to be a coke dealer but never did anything wrong in the house? Imagine that. I’ll bet that’s the first time anyone ever said they was innocent of all chahges, ya honnah.


50 posted on 09/04/2012 12:50:17 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Racism is not dead...it is on life support - kept alive by politicians..." - Thomas Sowell)
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