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Gwinnett County Police Break Down Door To Wrong House
wsb web site ^ | 12/10/08 | WSB news

Posted on 12/11/2008 3:52:51 AM PST by from occupied ga

Gwinnett County police said they accidentally broke down the door to the wrong house before going to the correct house and arresting a man on drug charges.

Gwinnett County police investigators intended to execute a no-knock search warrant at a home on Valley Spring Drive in Lawrenceville Wednesday morning. Police said the lead investigator mistakenly pointed out a home to the officers and once officers entered the home they realized they were in the wrong house.

VIDEO: Gwinnett County Police Break Down Door To Wrong House

The homeowner of the incorrectly targeted house told Channel 2 that having guns pointed at him was something he would never forget.

"(They) put my life, daughter’s life, my lady’s life in danger," said homeowner John Lewis.

Lewis said Gwinnett County investigators burst through his front door and ordered him and his girlfriend to the floor at gunpoint.

“It’s an experience to have one gun draw on you. It’s something else to have 15, 16 of them,” said Lewis.

Lewis said his 3-month-old baby saw the whole thing. “She was the calmest one,” said Lewis.

Police said once they realized their mistake the search was ceased and the homeowners were released. Police said the front door to the home was damaged during the process.

Fifteen minutes after bursting into Lewis' home, officers served a search warrant at the correct home on Valley Spring Drive. Police said the warrant was served after a three-month drug investigation.

Police arrested Efrain Pedruza, 31, and he was taken to the Gwinnett County Detention Center. Police said they found $24,000 in cash in the home.

Officials said the investigation is continuing. Police are paying for the repairs to Lewis' door.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: donutwatch; noknockwarrant; swat; wod; wronghouse
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All of you jackboot lickers out there rejoice! Your heroes have done it again. To protect and serve the government is their motto. To trample the rights of citizens with deadly force is their goal. Every one of the @$$holes that took part in this need to be criminally prosecuted for false imprisonment, breaking and entering, assault with a deadly weapon, reckless endangerment and whatever else you or I would be charged with if a couple of us got together and broke down some guy's door in the middle of the night and attacked him and his family. Mighty magnanamous of them to pay for the door, but what about the terror and distress to Lewis and his family. Note that the home invasion criminals' names have not been released (no doubt to protect the guilty.)
1 posted on 12/11/2008 3:52:52 AM PST by from occupied ga
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To: from occupied ga

You would think after a three month investigation that the cops would get the right house.


2 posted on 12/11/2008 4:03:54 AM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: from occupied ga
The nexus between the war on drugs & cheap labor aka illegal aliens has made targets of the average Citizen.
The SWAT team did make a $ucce$$ful $core though:
Police arrested Efrain Pedruza, 31, and he was taken to the Gwinnett County Detention Center. Police said they found $24,000 in cash in the home.
3 posted on 12/11/2008 4:08:44 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: from occupied ga

If they broke down my door and it was an honest mistake and they were looking for a dangerous criminal I could forgive that.

But a drug-war-gone-wild mistake would make my blood boil :-(


4 posted on 12/11/2008 4:09:44 AM PST by Bobalu (McCain has been proven to be the rino flop I always thought he was.)
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To: from occupied ga

Same thing happened a couple of years ago in our town. Police got the wrong house, busted in, and beat up an elderly man in front of his terrified wife. Of course, they are still in gainful employ.

I’m not tarring ALL police with the same brush....don’t get me wrong. They deserve respect and admiration for what they do daily, putting their lives on the line for very little pay. Just some in ‘our parts’ seem to lack ‘communication skills’ and need further training.


5 posted on 12/11/2008 4:09:48 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: imahawk
Police are paying for the repairs to Lewis' door.

Well, that's awfully nice of them.

/sarc

6 posted on 12/11/2008 4:10:06 AM PST by Ronin
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To: from occupied ga

My first reaction would have been to reach for my gun if someone busted into my home. Anybody here who wouldn’t have?


7 posted on 12/11/2008 4:10:56 AM PST by Eternal_Bear (`)
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To: Eternal_Bear

I think reaching for a gun would be anyone’s first reaction.
This could have ended in tragedy. The police really screwed up trying to make this bust.


8 posted on 12/11/2008 4:13:29 AM PST by Bobalu (McCain has been proven to be the rino flop I always thought he was.)
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To: Eternal_Bear
Anybody here who wouldn’t have?

I suspect most would have, and then outnumbered 15 to one would have been killed. And of course the criminals would get away with it.

9 posted on 12/11/2008 4:14:02 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: from occupied ga

Can you honestly say you have never made a mistake on the job?

These drug raids happen every day all across the world. Occasionally, very occasionally, they are going to get the wrong house.

A single incident is not indicative of an epidemic of error.


10 posted on 12/11/2008 4:14:06 AM PST by TaxRelief (Walmart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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To: from occupied ga

Homeowner’s lucky they didn’t start out by killing all the family pets: that’s the SWAT-nazis’ usual M.O.


11 posted on 12/11/2008 4:15:43 AM PST by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?)
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To: Bobalu
honest mistake and they were looking for a dangerous criminal I could forgive that

What if it were an "honest mistake" and they killed you or your wife or your child? Could you forgive that?

12 posted on 12/11/2008 4:16:06 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: Eternal_Bear

You’d be a fool if you did reach for a single gun while outnumbered 15 to 1. The best reaction is to stay seated and stay calm, while asking quietly, “Can we help you, Officer?”

Then when the guns are put away you can march into Police Headquarters and throw a temper tantrum.


13 posted on 12/11/2008 4:17:12 AM PST by TaxRelief (Walmart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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To: from occupied ga

Everyone one of these thugs should be fired. Animals like this have no business receiving a taxpayer funded paycheck to “police” the neighborhood. And no, I don’t care that it was a mistake. Mistakes like this are way too common and it’s high time that severe examples are made of the perpetrators.


14 posted on 12/11/2008 4:17:56 AM PST by frankiep (It's made with bits of real panther...so you know it's good.)
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To: Eternal_Bear
"My first reaction would have been to reach for my gun if someone busted into my home. Anybody here who wouldn’t have?"

Me too.

And mine's not loaded with those little rounds that a Level II vest will stop, either...

15 posted on 12/11/2008 4:18:08 AM PST by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?)
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To: TaxRelief

It’s far from a “single incident”. I suspect as long as it happening to somebody else, it’s ok with you.


16 posted on 12/11/2008 4:19:04 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: TaxRelief
Can you honestly say you have never made a mistake on the job?

With this phone baloney "argument" I'm trying to decide if you're just naive or dishonest. My mistakes do not have the potential to kill anyone. My mistakes don't terrorize anyone. My mistakes don't break down the doors of my neighbors. How would you feel if you were the recipient of their "mistake?" (provided of course that the didn't kill you in an "honest mistake"_

17 posted on 12/11/2008 4:19:48 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: from occupied ga
What if it were an "honest mistake" and they killed you or your wife or your child? Could you forgive that?

That didn't happen, did it? The police don't start randomly shooting on these raids.

18 posted on 12/11/2008 4:20:55 AM PST by TaxRelief (Walmart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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To: iopscusa

“Police said they found $24,000 in cash in the home.”

Which goes to the Police Dept. discretionary fund?


19 posted on 12/11/2008 4:21:56 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: imahawk
You would think after a three month investigation that the cops would get the right house.

Doesn't matter - no police were hurt, so everything is OK.

20 posted on 12/11/2008 4:22:11 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: TaxRelief
Police said the warrant was served after a three-month drug investigation.
We all have made mistakes but after a three month investigation, I don't think so. the cops were wrong hopefully the victims will forgive but I am sure some blood sucking lawyer is going to approach them for a law suit which the tax payer will pay for.
21 posted on 12/11/2008 4:23:25 AM PST by bikerman
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To: Redbob
"Homeowner’s lucky they didn’t start out by killing all the family pets..."

I'm guessing they didn't have any.

22 posted on 12/11/2008 4:24:33 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Rebelbase
Which goes to the Police Dept. discretionary fund?

Yep. Pretty good haulfor a little bit of work. First case the place to make sure that there is something worh stealing, and then go and steal it via home invasion robbery.

23 posted on 12/11/2008 4:24:43 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: from occupied ga
How would you feel if you were the recipient of their "mistake?"

Haha! I've experienced real things in life. It would take a lot more than this to make me react. True, the surprise of 15 uninvited armed men in my house would cause my pulse to race, but that is where my reaction would stop. I have enough common sense to know that 15 tense armed officers may not like me screaming at them.

Besides, I prefer to take my grievance up with their commanding officer.

24 posted on 12/11/2008 4:25:07 AM PST by TaxRelief (Walmart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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To: TaxRelief

Man you are a naieve little sheep aren’t you. If I made a mistake of this magnitude at my job I would not only be fired but blackballed inthe industry as well and possible criminal negligence might even be pending. Did you notice there was no mention of drugs found at the “correct” house? But, they did find $24,000 of evil cash.


25 posted on 12/11/2008 4:25:34 AM PST by eastforker
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To: TaxRelief; from occupied ga

>>A single incident is not indicative of an epidemic of error.

No, it’s not. And either you haven’t been paying attention, or you are being disingenuous.

Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of “Isolated Incidents”
http://www.cato.org/raidmap/


26 posted on 12/11/2008 4:29:15 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Obama: Carter's only chance to avoid going down in history as the worst U.S. president ever.)
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To: TaxRelief
That didn't happen, did it? The police don't start randomly shooting on these raids.

What a load of manure. Or maybe you're going to try and tell people here that you never heard of things like Kathryn Johnson. Go back to DU or daily KOS.

27 posted on 12/11/2008 4:29:15 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: from occupied ga
a day without a cop-hating thread on FR is like a day without sunshine.

i like when the guy said that his 3-month old child saw the whole thing! THAT was funny.

28 posted on 12/11/2008 4:29:17 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: bikerman
Police said the warrant was served after a three-month drug investigation.

That's the irritating part. I thought police were given IQ tests, yet, if my town is anything to go by, some officers have the brain capacity of a squirrel. It makes no sense given the folks of higher intelligence (and brawn) who are rejected from the force.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say someone given preferential employment (ie affirmative action employee) may be responsible for this oopsie.

29 posted on 12/11/2008 4:30:43 AM PST by TaxRelief (Walmart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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To: eastforker; TaxRelief
Man you are a naieve little sheep aren’t you

Not naive, just a dishonest jack boot licker.

30 posted on 12/11/2008 4:31:48 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: thefactor
a day without a cop-hating thread on FR is like a day without sunshine

A day without cops trampling the rights of citizens is like a day without thorazine for the jackboot lickers.

31 posted on 12/11/2008 4:33:47 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: FreedomPoster

So sixteen botched raids across the country in 2008. How many successful raids were there?

I am not being disingenuous. I am a mathematician.

What percent of ALL raids are botched? What other factors contribute to these mistakes (ie, political interference, affirmative action incompetence, bad mapping software, etc.)?


32 posted on 12/11/2008 4:34:40 AM PST by TaxRelief (Walmart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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To: TaxRelief

I am not being disingenuous. I am a mathematician..........................Tell me Mr. odds maker, what is the chances of someone being seriously hurt or killed between legal home invasion and arrest of individual when he leaves the house. Other than protection from immediate life threatening actions, why in the hell are no knocks needed, you sound like you are in favor of no knock raids.


33 posted on 12/11/2008 4:41:07 AM PST by eastforker
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To: from occupied ga; eastforker

Knock off the personal attacks


34 posted on 12/11/2008 4:42:58 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: TaxRelief

“Can you honestly say you have never made a mistake on the job?”

Yes. I can honestly say that I have never accidently held an innocent man at gunpoint after breaking down the front door to his home.

Not even once.


35 posted on 12/11/2008 4:45:01 AM PST by dman4384
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To: TaxRelief

“Besides, I prefer to take my grievance up with their commanding officer”

That’ll earn them a good talkin’ to.


36 posted on 12/11/2008 4:45:14 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: eastforker

I am in favour of no-knock raids— not as a routine thing, but when the element of surprise is necessary to round up a large group at once and to collect the evidence necessary to obtain a conviction.


37 posted on 12/11/2008 4:46:17 AM PST by TaxRelief (Walmart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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I believe that when you screw up the address for a no-knock warrant and subject innocent citizens to such a invasion, that the lead investigator should be fired and prosecuted. I guarantee you that if the roles were reversed and someone broke into the lead investigators house with guns drawn, someone would be going to jail.


38 posted on 12/11/2008 4:46:24 AM PST by WaterBoard (Somewhere a Village is Missing it's Socialist.)
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To: TaxRelief

What other factors contribute to these mistakes ................................The fact that the LEO are not held pesonaly responsible for their actions. That is the biggest contibuting factor or they would think twice and get it right if they were held accountable. (Had to make sure I didn’t make a personal attack)


39 posted on 12/11/2008 4:49:52 AM PST by eastforker
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To: Rebelbase

Seriously, if this happened to me I WOULD make a big deal out of it, just so it doesn’t happen again. But under no circumstances would I react aggressively (or defensively) while the men are still in my house, as other FReepers have suggested they would do. That is just plain foolish.


40 posted on 12/11/2008 4:49:55 AM PST by TaxRelief (Walmart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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To: TaxRelief

You’re incredibly naive.


41 posted on 12/11/2008 4:56:55 AM PST by Sloth (I am the governed, and I hereby withhold my consent.)
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To: imahawk

And I just looked at it on google maps. It is a cul de sac. Could not be more than ten homes.


42 posted on 12/11/2008 4:59:19 AM PST by doodad
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To: TaxRelief
Can you honestly say you have never made a mistake on the job?

There were fifteen bloody people there! It wasn't the mistake of a single individual. There are address numbers on houses, mailboxes, curbs, etc. Did any one of this dozen-plus group think to check addresses against the warrant?

43 posted on 12/11/2008 5:03:20 AM PST by relictele
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To: TaxRelief

>>”You’d be a fool if you did reach for a single gun while outnumbered 15 to 1. The best reaction is to stay seated and stay calm, while asking quietly, “Can we help you, Officer?”.....

Are you over-medicated? “Stay seated and stay calm” my a$$!!!

What has the world come to when a man wouldn’t take immediate action to defend his family at all cost from a home invasion? Sorry, but I guess we don’t have enough Lithium added to our water supply where I live to just sit there and allow such an attack.

Perhaps he should have offered them a cup of herbal tea and some organic bran muffins. Get real. Some things are worth dying for and the safety of one’s family meets that requirement.


44 posted on 12/11/2008 5:04:01 AM PST by panaxanax ("Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those that don't." T.Jefferson)
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To: from occupied ga

This happened in a town I used to live in and the homeowner was shot and killed. Like any other homeowner, he grabbed his pistol and, prepared to defend his family, himself, and his home, was gunned down.


45 posted on 12/11/2008 5:05:26 AM PST by Marauder ("I won't be wronged, I won't be lied to, and I won't be laid a hand on." - J.B. Books)
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To: TaxRelief

We have home invasions by gangs here. So I should do nothing and roll over if a gang invades my home?


46 posted on 12/11/2008 5:05:54 AM PST by Eternal_Bear (`)
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To: TaxRelief

Your protest will be paid lip service. Preservation of the unit’s “integrity” is too important to allow any kind of disruption due to a citizen’s complaint based on a “mistake” unless you’re the mayor and they shoot the dog.


47 posted on 12/11/2008 5:06:34 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: from occupied ga

The no-knock warrants, except fro KNOWN armed and dangerous felons, must cease.

They won’t until the Second American Revolution.


48 posted on 12/11/2008 5:11:10 AM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: TaxRelief
So sixteen botched raids across the country in 2008. How many successful raids were there?

Some jobs are more critical than others and if you're involved in a job like that you double check everything  .

Now I don't know how many successful No Nock raids there were but I'd bet the mortgage that there were less than there are commercial flight landings .An honest mistake would be a pilot forgetting to put the wheels down before landing .So just for giggles I checked the NTSB accident data for the last twenty years and found ONE commercial accident where the pilots forgot to lower their gear. This happened for the simple reason that they use two persons , go by a check list and verify everything. I don't know for a fact but I understand the same thing happens in the Navy aboard submarines.

This was a three month investigation , the raid comprised of fifteen officers .Why couldn't one of them verify the most important thing that they were going to the right house.

49 posted on 12/11/2008 5:11:34 AM PST by grjr21
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To: TaxRelief
When it comes to things that matter I NEVER make mistakes. I check, double check and then recheck. If I am going to break down somebodies front door and terrorize a house it will be the right house.

You are wrong there is an epidemic of this problem. It is so bad that Los Angeles PD has a carpenter on the payroll to fix the wrong doors they kick down. Not to long ago in the midwest cops broke down the wrong door and some very old lady shot several of them.

50 posted on 12/11/2008 5:15:05 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit.)
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