Skip to comments.Family claims DeKalb County deputies used excessive force (Video)
Posted on 08/09/2013 2:01:13 AM PDT by beaversmom
DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS ATLANTA)
A woman said her family got an aggressive wake up call from the DeKalb County Sheriffs Department.
The family told CBS Atlanta News they were startled at 1:30 a.m. when deputies beat on their front door.
Fearing for their safety, the family said they took their time to open the door. Once inside an officer used excessive force and aggressive language, according to one family member.
After the incident, the family posted the video on YouTube.
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The sheriffs department claims they received a copy from an anonymous sender Wednesday morning.
Both parties involved in the incident see the actions on video very differently.
Donovan Hall said he had no idea why police would be at their door, so they werent so quick to open it.
They never once told me why they were here, what they wanted, or who they wanted, said Halls mother Natania Griffin.
After more than 30 minutes and confirming with 911, the family opened the door and that was when mayhem appeared to ensue.
The sheriffs department says the officer had a valid arrest warrant and they were at the right home.
They said despite the familys claim, the video shows no excessive force, but admits two of the officers did use inappropriate language.
The arrest warrant was for Natania Griffin. She was arrested for not paying a civil fine.
She told CBS Atlanta that she had run-ins with police here in the past.
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They come at 1:30 AM over an unpaid $1000 “fee”?
I guess it’s safer than going after gang bangers...
It's all about officer safety. An arrest of somebody safe is counted the same as an arrest of a gang-banger. The difference is the officer is less likely to get trouble from the former.
DeKalb County - Georgia’s DETROIT.
One of the worst, most inefficiently run, corrupt local governments in the nation. The county is run by black officials. These three badged-thugs are perfect candidates for Obama’s “Civilian Defense Force” as equally funded, armed, etc. as our military.
No one word I heard from the officers on this video mentioned anything that sounded like the word “warrant”.
One of the thugs said something on the video to the effect that “you’ve set us back 45 years” (implying the residents were somehow racist). Well Mr. Black Officer, as far as I’m concerned you’ve set it back farther than that. Get that racism chip off your shoulder and go find another line of work. You don’t have what it takes to enforce the law, period.
As a side note the governor had to step in less than a year ago and fire the entire school board since the county had lost its accreditation. When the NAACP met with the governor about replacing the school board the subject of students never came up once. The only thing they cared about was that the new board was black.
On further review of the videos from local TV, the residents are in fact black. This makes me then wonder just what in the hell this black officer was talking about “setting us back 45 years.”
Regardless, since both parties were black, I had no basis in calling the officer ‘racist’, even if my experience with and knowledge of DeKalb Police tells me otherwise. Mea Culpa
So that justifies the SWAT ninjas' raid on a family's home at 1:30 a.m.?
The DeKalb Co. CEO is charged with 14 felonies for illegal campaign contributions.
So these guys don’t even have the excuse of a drug raid, it’s a $1000 civil fine that gives them justification to mete out this crap at 1:30AM.
More specifically black Democrats.
That's all they ever care about.
They sure wouldn’t be black Republicans. Not all of them..
If there were an arrest warrant, why did they have to wait for the residents to open the door?
If they needed permission to come in, what did they really have?
Dekalb County just got a good bit poorer.
Oh, and further, no way in heck am I opening a door at 1:30AM very quickly where I live, let alone where they live.
I thought he was charged with extortion.
This type of heavy-handed police behavior has been happening far too frequently around the country lately. That’s how revolutions get started. All it takes is one “shot heard around the world”.
I’m guessing she owed someone with an ear in power.
He was extorting campaign contributions, so I guess you’re both right.
For a civil fine, which goes unpaid, wouldn't the normal recourse, before the age of jackbooted government, be to garnish the person's wages or put a lien on their property? But I suppose what is the fun of that compared to terrorizing a family at 1:30am.
You can bet that if Obama gave the order to begin the roundup and interment/extermination of Tea Party members, there would be no shortage of jackboots eager to comply.
They call this no excessive force????? They think this is proper behavior and procedure for the police???? (said screeching, up on my toes)
Yes, they do - really.
And don’t forget, the district is (literally) represented in the House by Hank Johnson of Guam tipping fame. Prior to Johnson, Cynthia McKinney.
This has to stop.
We will not last long as a society, with growing numbers of individuals who behave as if there is no law, AND law enforcement officers who abuse our laws, and use them, with their authority, as a license to bully and intimidate.
We truly, cannot afford to give up another millimeter on the Second Amendment.
Heavenly Father, please hear our prayers.
Police should not serve search warrants after dark....will save on overtime. Leave a note to please come down to the precinct house./S
Every White in that town ought to get red tee shirts saying: Don’t Trust Blacks with Badges. Freedom of expression is protected by the Constitution and the publicity would shine the spotlight on these Democrat roaches.
I wish I could forget, BUT 'ol Hank probably does accurately represent the attitudes and intelligence of the majority of the voters in DeKalb county. They resent whitey, have a bone deep sense of entitlement, have one of the highest crime rates in the state (Atlanta is higher) and think that 0bama is considerably more impressive than God.
The arrest warrant was for Natania Griffin. She was arrested for not paying a civil fine.
I lived in this county for 14 years
I have family there still
Home to Emory University and Mercer
Oh how the Mighty have Fallen...
I fully expect Civil Collapse within 2-3 years
Coming soon to a front door near you.
These days, it doesn’t rank as excessive force until the dogs are shot, the kids are held at gunpoint until turned over to CPS, granny is knocked out of her wheelchair, the house is sprayed with gun fire and at least 3 flash bombs have been lobbed through the broken windows, all the adults are shackled together and armoured vechicles have the neighbors in their crosshairs. Anything below that is normal police proceedure.
North end of the county is still pretty good. No way I would live south of, say, the Lakeside area.
Simple explanation to why they were there at 1:30 AM. The dough-nut shops were all closed and things were too quiet that night. Makes sense to me. That County is “lost”.
I can assure you if that happened in my county, there would be a lot of job openings in our county sheriffs department. (I am “Chairman” of our County Board Personnel Committee)
—No way I would live south of, say, the Lakeside area.
I went to school at Lakeside ‘68-73
The started busing after I graduated
The Neighborhood is still pretty good
They’re trying to carve out a City of Lakeside to distance themselves as much as they can from the county.
I know some of the people who are involved. I have my reservations about adding another layer of government, but given it’s really the only practical way to get some political distance from the county, and given how bad the county really is, I find it acceptable.
At least they didn’t shoot the dog barking in the house. That must be some sort of first.
If someone came to my door at any time, day or night, even without opening the door we’d be staring at each other. We have a lot of glass on the first floor and no curtains, blinds or anything. Don’t need it.
I have relatives who are currently leo’s and retired leo’s and have up until recently always given the benefit of the doubt to any situation like this to the police. However, more and more I am forced by events to re-evaluate this policy.
Eventually these and not all leo’s are like this, but what I call punks with a badge are going to push to hard and there is going to be push back just as hard. They are going to stomp on some vet with military experience or just the wrong citizen who won’t file another useless complaint resulting in a slap on the wrist for the officer or possible civil suit. The punks with a badge are going to show up for a late night raid and find themselves ambushed and cut to pieces. It’s coming because the good cops are not weeding out the punks on the force and the us vs. them attitude is worse than ever.
Now I know all leo’s repeat the mantra: I want to go home safely at the end of my shift to my wife and kids and I hope they do. What is the difference between me and them in this regard? Especially if I am in my home with my family? NONE.
No knock raids, kicking down doors in the middle of the night, the militarization of law enforcement which should have NEVER EVER been allowed is getting citizens killed, it’s just a matter of time before the citizens finally say enough and fight back and the result will be a blood bath for all.
bump to that!
Same here but times are changing.
And the revered fairways of East Lake too. Dekalb and Clayton are the proud home turf to the two worst LE in the metro area....by far. My boss, a former holder of high office in the Ga Libertarian party, helped an old high school classmate (Riverdale 85)build a lawsuit against dekalb co for violating her civil rights. One day...the thugs are gonna violate someone who will not seek rememdy through the court.