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South LA Family Says LAPD Trashed Their House While Serving Search Warrant
CBSLA.com) ^ | August 29, 2014 4:55 PM

Posted on 08/29/2014 5:18:49 PM PDT by BenLurkin

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A couple in their 80s say the LAPD trashed their house while serving a search warrant, but police say officers did what they had to do in a potentially dangerous situation.

Warren Johnson, 81, says police officers smashed in almost all his doors in his house with a handheld battering ram a week ago when they came to arrest his 18-year-old grandson, DeShawn Johnson, a gang member suspected in a West LA knock-knock burglary, and search for the electronics they believe he stole.

Elderly Couple Says LAPD Trashed Their House While Serving Search Warrant

A week after the search warrant was served, padlocks hung off hinges and door frames were cracked from floor to ceiling. Johnson said he and his wife secure each door with a padlock because they can’t take their belongings with them when they go out of town.

“They decided that they would tear everything up because they couldn’t get what they wanted,” Johnson said.

The Johnsons want the LAPD to clean up after themselves.

“We know that this is the type of behavior that is typical of what happens in black and brown communities in Los Angeles,” the Johnsons’ attorney, Nana Gyamfi, said.

West Los Angeles police Captain Evangeline Nathan says officers were just doing their duty in clearing the residence.

“I admit, we damaged some doors,” Nathan said. “We did not trash his residence. We did not break windows.”

The Johnsons’ security video showed officers coming into closets and bedrooms and pushing cameras up or out of view to stop them from capturing the officers’ actions. Nathan said that was because officers did not know where the video was being fed, and they did not want suspects to know they were coming.

“This had nothing to do with where you live, it had absolutely nothing to do with race, it had to do with DeShawn committing crimes,” Nathan said.


TOPICS: US: California
KEYWORDS: donutwatch

1 posted on 08/29/2014 5:18:49 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin; null and void; All
Won't burnin' it down, serve the same purpose? ..the JBT; @ least they got
home safe that night, too bad for the elderly couple, they'll lose everything.

2 posted on 08/29/2014 5:30:59 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics in always to pick up a weapon...eh? "Bathhouse" 0'Mullah? d8^)
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To: BenLurkin

How else are they going to “consfiscate” illegal/prohibited stuff if they can’t find it?


3 posted on 08/29/2014 5:33:26 PM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: BenLurkin

They used to serve warrants, knock on doors and make arrests, and make city wide sweeps serving drug warrants, and we didn’t use to see or hear of destruction like they do today.


4 posted on 08/29/2014 5:37:16 PM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: rktman

Don’t be harboring gang bangers in your house next time.


5 posted on 08/29/2014 5:37:18 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: BenLurkin
“We know that this is the type of behavior that is typical of what happens in black and brown communities in Los Angeles,”

That type of behavior is typical of what happens to anyone that gets a warrant served on them, whether it is the right address or not.

They are very non-discriminatory about it. White, brown, black... they will trash your stuff. Even (especially) if you point out they have the wrong address.

/johnny

6 posted on 08/29/2014 5:38:53 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BenLurkin
Tampering with private property sounds like a crime. The owners of the home have every right to have a camera system in their house and on their property.

If they were harboring or abetting their grandson, then they should be charged. But, don't bring up some absurd idea that you can't have a camera recording the events and movements of cops on private property.

7 posted on 08/29/2014 5:40:47 PM PDT by Theoria (I should never have surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Twenty plus years ago, a burglar broke the frame of my back door and gained access to the house. I heard the noise and confronted him. He stabbed me with the hunting knife he used to pry open the door and then ran. I called the cops and when they arrived a minute later, they pulled the knife out of my arm and had a paramedic stop the bleeding. When I got back from the hospital two hours later. The cops were gone, the door was broken and the fingerprint guys had put graphite on everything. You can’t get graphite off. It cost me about a hundred buck to fix the door and nearly a thousand to repair the damage done by the cops.


8 posted on 08/29/2014 5:48:13 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (Unarmed people cannot defend themselves. America is no longer a Free Country.)
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To: Theoria
But, don't bring up some absurd idea that you can't have a camera recording the events and movements of cops on private property.

Where in the article do you see that?

9 posted on 08/29/2014 5:49:10 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62
'The Johnsons’ security video showed officers coming into closets and bedrooms and pushing cameras up or out of view to stop them from capturing the officers’ actions. Nathan said that was because officers did not know where the video was being fed, and they did not want suspects to know they were coming.'
10 posted on 08/29/2014 5:52:19 PM PDT by Theoria (I should never have surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive)
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To: BuffaloJack
And people wonder why I don't call the cops over ANYTHING.

They only make the situation worse.

/johnny

11 posted on 08/29/2014 5:59:16 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I knew you’d like this.


12 posted on 08/29/2014 6:02:35 PM PDT by MileHi
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To: Responsibility2nd

Sounds reasonable to me.


13 posted on 08/29/2014 6:14:24 PM PDT by SgtHooper (Anyone who remembers the 60's, wasn't there!)
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To: BuffaloJack
Twenty plus years ago, a burglar broke the frame of my back door and gained access to the house. I heard the noise and confronted him. He stabbed me with the hunting knife he used to pry open the door and then ran. I called the cops and when they arrived a minute later, they pulled the knife out of my arm and had a paramedic stop the bleeding. When I got back from the hospital two hours later. The cops were gone, the door was broken and the fingerprint guys had put graphite on everything. You can’t get graphite off. It cost me about a hundred buck to fix the door and nearly a thousand to repair the damage done by the cops.

buy a gun

14 posted on 08/29/2014 6:31:10 PM PDT by terycarl
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To: JRandomFreeper
And people wonder why I don't call the cops over ANYTHING. They only make the situation worse. /johnny

me too....the last time I needed a cop I called a local thug instead

15 posted on 08/29/2014 7:02:50 PM PDT by terycarl
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To: terycarl
If you know the thug, it might be a better choice.

Had a situation here when I moved back home the local cops couldn't control.

Word to the wise with the local thugs that the cops allow to exist, and those people were gone from the neighborhood, and this street got crime free.

Police aren't magic. They can't do everything.

Generally, as they are today, they make things worse.

I still won't call a cop here for any reason.

If it's bad enough, one will show up to take a statement after things cool down.

/johnny

16 posted on 08/29/2014 7:08:50 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Responsibility2nd

They weren’t arrested for that so either they didn’t do it or it’s not illegal.


17 posted on 08/29/2014 7:19:30 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fictional)
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To: BenLurkin

Did they find either the kid or drugs when they trashed the house?


18 posted on 08/29/2014 7:36:35 PM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: Responsibility2nd; SgtHooper
Don’t be harboring gang bangers in your house next time.

Yes, be sure to harbor gov bangers like former Milwaukee FBI Special Agent in Charge Teresa Carlson or IRS thuggette Lois Lerner.

It'll be All Good - but you might get a Stern Note from the SWAT team...

19 posted on 08/29/2014 7:59:42 PM PDT by kiryandil (making the jests that some FReepers aren't allowed to...)
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To: Fido969
Did they find either the kid or drugs when they trashed the house?

What are you asking so many questions for, peasant?

The authorities need your name and SSN when you're posting on the Internet - for the children...

20 posted on 08/29/2014 8:03:13 PM PDT by kiryandil (making the jests that some FReepers aren't allowed to...)
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To: terycarl
me too....the last time I needed a cop I called a local thug instead

The last time it appeared that the situation may have needed a cop, I called me instead.

21 posted on 08/29/2014 8:07:36 PM PDT by kiryandil (making the jests that some FReepers aren't allowed to...)
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To: Theoria

Exactly. Nobody said they couldn’t have them on the property. However, the police cited a reason for blocking the cameras during the execution of the warrant that I think a judge would find acceptable.

Let me know if the property owners file suit about the cameras.


22 posted on 08/29/2014 8:19:28 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: BuffaloJack

WD40 removes graphite.


23 posted on 08/29/2014 8:26:50 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

My first reaction was the same, but no. Eighty one year olds just don’t deserve the treatment the LA cop swats gave to them, over apprehending a criminal grandson.

Why couldn’t these roid heads knock on the dang front door like civilized officers and cover the back door and windows with their swat brats?

The story was so lousy it failed to confirm they even got the gang perp, or I missed it if it got a mention.

I am disturbed by the dangers and damages cops are starting to pose all too frequently against innocent horrified residents, as in this case and breaking into wrong addresses, terrorizing families and children especially, and slaughtering tramautized family pets.

Homes are not a war zone, no matter the excuses, when occupied by innocent elderly.


24 posted on 08/29/2014 8:31:06 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: B4Ranch

> WD40 removes graphite.
Not from carpeting.


25 posted on 08/30/2014 5:14:23 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Unarmed people cannot defend themselves. America is no longer a Free Country.)
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To: BenLurkin

It is behaviour that is typical in whatever communities raids are conducted.


26 posted on 08/30/2014 7:58:30 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I would never call 9-1-1 for a break in or for much of anything else. The police dont distinguish much between victims and perpetrators. They are all “enemies.”


27 posted on 08/30/2014 8:01:57 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: terycarl

Over the years I have had a couple of attempts on my house when I was home and once encountered drug dealers dealing drugs on the grounds of my church. I dealt with those situations successfully without involving the police.


28 posted on 08/30/2014 8:04:38 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: JRandomFreeper

We had drug dealers in the house across the street for a couple of weeks. One morning they opened their front door to find a gasoline can on the front step with a BIC lighter on top of it. They moved their operation elsewhere immediately and moved themselves out of the neighborhood a few days later. I found out some time later who was the fellow who provided the warning. He was an acquaintance of another neighbor and comes from a family that had got a reputation for arson-for-hire.


29 posted on 08/30/2014 8:09:39 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: BuffaloJack

>Not from carpeting.

True, true. Vacuum then add confectioners sugar, brush it in and vacuum again.


30 posted on 08/30/2014 10:21:05 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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