Skip to comments.South LA Family Says LAPD Trashed Their House While Serving Search Warrant
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 cant take their belongings with them when they go out of town.
They decided that they would tear everything up because they couldnt 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.
How else are they going to “consfiscate” illegal/prohibited stuff if they can’t find it?
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.
Don’t be harboring gang bangers in your house next time.
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.
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.
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.
Where in the article do you see that?
They only make the situation worse.
I knew you’d like this.
Sounds reasonable to me.
buy a gun
me too....the last time I needed a cop I called a local thug instead
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.
They weren’t arrested for that so either they didn’t do it or it’s not illegal.
Did they find either the kid or drugs when they trashed the house?
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...
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...
The last time it appeared that the situation may have needed a cop, I called me instead.
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.
WD40 removes graphite.
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.
> WD40 removes graphite.
Not from carpeting.
It is behaviour that is typical in whatever communities raids are conducted.
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.”
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.
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.
>Not from carpeting.
True, true. Vacuum then add confectioners sugar, brush it in and vacuum again.