Skip to comments.Botched raid costs Minneapolis $1 million
Posted on 12/10/2011 4:26:35 PM PST by bamahead
The Minneapolis City Council approved a $1 million settlement Friday after a botched drug raid in 2010 in which an officer threw a "flash-bang" grenade into a Minneapolis apartment burning the flesh off a woman's leg.
The payout to Rickia Russell, who suffered permanent injuries, was the third largest payout for alleged Minneapolis police misconduct on record.
On the night of Feb. 16, 2010, 18 officers were executing a search warrant on the apartment at 5753 Sander Drive based on a tip that narcotics were being sold at the address by someone named David Conley.
In what Bennett called "a cascading series of errors," a Minneapolis police SWAT team smashed down the door with a battering ram without warning, when the search warrant police had obtained required officers to announce themselves before entering.
Police had applied for a "no-knock" warrant but did not get it, Bennett said.
Police insist they shouted "search warrant" before knocking down the door, according to police reports, and say the grenade was dropped on the door threshold and not rolled toward Russell.
Russell testified in a deposition that she heard a loud noise, the door flew open & police tossed the grenade in her direction.
"It blew up ... it was just a big boom, it was just light. The flash kind of blinded me ... There was dust."
On police orders, she lay face down on the floor and officers handcuffed her. Then she noticed her leg was burning and told Bogan, who was lying down next to her. When Bogan tried to tell officers about Russell's injuries, she said they told him to shut up.
Russell was arrested on a misdemeanor for having a "disorderly house" but never charged.
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“Russell was arrested on a misdemeanor for having a “disorderly house” but never charged.”
I’d love to see the exact wording of that law/code.
This crap will continue until these SWAT goons are held personally liable for the damages they cause.
You know, “disorderly house” ..... broken door frames, setting off flash-bang grenades .... stuff like that.
Even if they are personally sued if the officers have an umbrella liability policy that can cover them.
“Russell was arrested on a misdemeanor for having a “disorderly house” but never charged.”
It’s now a crime to have a dirty house?
Another in Minneapolis’ long line of uniformed thumpers and jaw breakers.
I have been deputized as a US Marshall about 4 times for FALCON(look it up) round ups. You can’t imagine .....
Rounds up=auto correct/ dammit
Ask and you shall receive.. From the cities own web site.
385.170. Disorderly houses.
(1) Disorderly house shall mean a building,
dwelling, establishment, premises or place
where prohibited conduct occurs.
(2) Prohibited conduct shall mean activities in
violation of statutes or ordinances relating to
any of the following:
(b) Prostitution, acts relating thereto, or
(c) Sale or possession of controlled
(d) Unlawful liquor sales.
I wonder how many traffic citations will it take to pay the $1,000,000.
I did a search on Falcon, scary stuff.
I usually defend police. There is no defense for this. If someone as a private citizen did this to another, they’d be locked up for years.
That badge is like a get out of jail free card.
“That badge is like a get out of jail free card”
No like about it, it is a get out of jail free card. In fact its a card which means they never even get arrested let alone face jail time.
The problem is none of this comes out of the dirt bag cops pay, they should be liable for a certain percentage. Say 25% to 50%.
Keep your windows locked. Just saying....
Ya think the SWAT’s flash-bang may have been the reason for the disorderly house?
And since when does the government fine people for the state of the inside of their house?
I also usually defend the police, but not the Minneapolis Police Department. Having lived in the area, I have found them to be the most unprofessional law enforcement organization I have run into. One of their chiefs, William McManus, took the top job at the San Antonio Police Department, and he has turn out to be a total cluster****.
Other police departments in the Twin Cities area are also some real turkeys.
Shave about 1/2 sec off the yell0w lights and it should be alright in a year or so.
Prohibition must end. Meth heads deserve help not incarceration.
Seriously they are pitiful. Everybody knows that crap is poison/walking death, yet they are addicted full well knowing the reaper is running them down at full speed.
The least we can do is make it legal, and cheap so they won't murder us in our sleep to get a fix of who knows what.
Take your pick, either the crack heads, or the Po Po will kick down your door. Prohibition has got to go.
As it turned out, the house the police broke into wasn't hers: so that try at framing the victim didn't work too well.
LOL! Thanks! Now if I could only figure out which prohibited activity they were engaged in. Hmmmm...
Meth heads probably need locked up. Then, they need to be checked out by a dentist before they start choking to death on teeth that fall out during sleep.
All of the above?
Let them choose,
less meth=path to freedom.
A lot of em are gonna croak. It's their choice.
The drug war is over. It was over before it started.
The drug war is simply a money making machine for all involved except the end user of the drugs. You can support it and continue the growth of the police state at the expense of the freedom of the rest of us.
I’ll take the risk of protecting myself and family from meth-heads rather than giving up my personal freedoms for your drug war.
One of my first-cousin's daughters was murdered by a meth head who then committed suicide. He blew her head off with a shotgun.
I'm not sure meth addicts are human beings.
I’m sure that and the cops could add a few on of their own.
In this country, just about anything you can imagine is now illegal. We're all criminals due to one law or another. Someday we'll start acting like it.
Probably breathing without a license.
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“...but not the Minneapolis Police Department. Having lived in the area, I have found them to be the most unprofessional law enforcement organization I have run into.”
I live right in the city of Minneapolis - albeit in the city’s relatively crime-free southwest side.
The Minneapolis Police Dept scares me - literally and figuratively. They are thugs with badges.
Their umbrella policies aren’t in force if they intentionally break the law. Look it up.
You might be right on that since the EPA considers CO2 a pollutant!
If I remember correctly (guys help me out), wasn’t the lefty Bouza Chief of Police of Minneapolis (and his wife was some kind of other leftist nut (back in the 70’s or 80’s.
He was a Kumbaya type of cop and a total failure. Then he went to California or some other liberal cesspool to make sure they stayed that way.
Max, you are 100% correct.
He was police chief from 1980-1989. His wife (Erica) was arrested several times for being involved in protests against Honeywell.
He was an East Coast know-it-all with an equally abrasive personality.
Participation in the coffee fund and the NCAA roundball pool are privileges, not rights, ya know!!
Like the Richfield Police Stormtroopers? The stories I could tell about those idiots would make you wonder if calling the police for help is a good idea. It's a shame though, I've meet many excellent LEO's around the world, and it's just a few that have left such a sour taste in my mouth.
Now I'm NOT doing the few dishes in my sink ON PURPOSE!
You’re spot on. Bouza was the East coaster that said Minneapolis didn’t have a gang problem, while the ViceLords and Bloods were running wild all over town.
I recently moved out of Hakeem Ellison’s third world hellhole, and am not looking back. It will not get better.
I’m sure the police state freepers will defend this crap.
I’m glad I live in Columbia Heights now.
Wow, that’s right across the ally from me.
Recurrence CANNOT be deterred if city tax-payers always pick-up the tab. Think about it:
“OK we gotcha for speeding, and to make sure it doesn’t recur, we hereby charge the CITY $300...”
Would that deter YOU? It wouldn’t deter me. And that’s why the cops make it, “Pay as you pollute” —the person who performs the tort must PAY. And we should do the same for the cops:
If a cop REALLY wants to join an entry-team and jump around in the ninjya kook gear and he’s a GOOD GUY, then let him post a, “Break Bond” —he takes pays for an insurance policy for $250,000 or something, in case he shoots someone’s dog needlessly or, say, drives over an orphanage with the SWAT A.P.C.
What’s the problem?
I mean...after all IF THEY DON’T PLAN TO DO ANYTHING WRONG, THEN THEY HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR.
The populace directly elects the municipal government that employs and directs the gendarmes.
Some local populaces are so damned stupid that they will not install a different sort of law enforcement until they are so broke they can't replace washed out bridges or keep the water utilities functioning. They fully deserve to be that broke for their idiocy.
No, the citizenry is not getting anything unfair, and this is what it takes to deal with idiots.