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SWAT Raids Family, Terrorizes Disabled Woman & Arrests Family Members — Whoops, Wrong House

Philadelphia, PA – Police apologized on Wednesday after raiding an innocent family’s home and traumatizing a disabled woman who nearly fell down the stairs. Touted as “innovative” and “state-of-the-art,” the Real Time Crime Center mistakenly directed officers to the wrong house and another botched raid.

Around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, cops suddenly broke down the Jardine family’s door and raided their home while holding them at gunpoint. Despite the fact that the family had committed no crime, officers ordered them out of their rooms and placed them in handcuffs during the middle of the night.

“I’m coming out of the shower, and there’s a Pump Action Rifle to my chest,” Angel Jardine told WPVI. “He’s just like, ‘Put your hands up.’ Rifle in my chest, and I’m like, ‘Whoa.’”

Physically impaired after an ex-boyfriend shot her in the head, forty-eight-year-old Ronik Jardine had been asleep in her bed when the cops woke her up and immediately ordered her out of the room.

“He said, ‘Go down the steps. Go down the steps now.’ I said, ‘Officer, I’m handicap.’” recalled Ronik Jardine. “He still didn’t care that I was handicap. They almost made me fall down the steps.”

After taking some family members into custody and interrogating them, the police concluded they had raided the wrong residence and apologized. According to Michael Jardine, an officer told him that it was a case of mistaken identity and offered to give them a ride back home.

“I just still feel like it shouldn’t have never gotten that far, you coming in our house drawing guns,” said Michael Jardine.

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Ironically, the police claim they were searching for armed suspects committing violent home invasions when the cops mistakenly broke down the Jardine’s door. Described as “an innovative unit that provides real time analytical and investigative support to the Philadelphia Police Department,” the Real Time Crime Center reportedly reviewed surveillance video that led the heavily armed officers into raiding the wrong home.

On the Philadelphia Police Department’s website, they boast, “Video feeds from city of Philadelphia, SEPTA, and independent businesses cameras are available for monitoring around the clock, by staff in the Real Time Crime Center.”

Equipped with disturbingly Orwellian technology, the police still managed to raid the wrong home and terrify an innocent family in the middle of the night at gunpoint.

“I’m scared of guns,” Ronik Jardine told WPVI. “It traumatized me so bad, I had to go to the doctor this morning.”

Earlier this year, a police flashbang grenade disfigured the face and melted the hand of a former Miss Australia during an early morning drug raid. In May 2014, a police flashbang grenade landed in 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh’s crib and blew a hole in the baby’s face and chest, covering him in third-degree burns.

Just past midnight on May 16, 2010, a Detroit SWAT team tossed a flashbang grenade into the living room where 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones had been sleeping on the couch. As the flashbang incinerated her blanket, Aiyana was immediately shot in the head by Officer Joseph Weekley. Weekley claimed that Aiyana’s grandmother had reached for his weapon, but ballistics and another officer’s testimony refute his accusations. Police later realized they had forcibly entered the wrong apartment. The suspect, Chauncey Owens, lived upstairs.

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Andrew Emett is a Los Angeles-based reporter exposing political and corporate corruption. His interests include national security, corporate abuse, and holding government officials accountable. Andrew’s work has appeared on Raw Story, Alternet, Activist Post, and many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @AndrewEmett and on Facebook at Andrew Emett.
  • anarchyst

    “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say goodbye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling in terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand. The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst; the cursed machine would have ground to a halt . . .”
    – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago

  • anarchyst

    Rogue cops almost always get a “paid vacation” and returned to “duty” (at the taxpayer’s expense) after “internal affairs” and a “rubber stamp grand jury” are through with them.
    The “thin blue line” must be brought under control…otherwise, the following may be the result:
    I hope it never comes to this, but there may come a time where aggrieved groups “take things into their own hands” . . .
    Find out where one rogue officer lives. case his home. Wait until early one morning and catch him as he comes out of his house- bring a gang. Once you have successfully beaten him into unconsciousness, go into his home-tie up his family. Break everything in sight. Pour an adulterant (water works fine) in all the gas tanks of their vehicles. Get all the info you can off their cell phones and computers. move on to the next rogue officer until you have visited them all. Then case the rogue chief of police. Keep doing this and they might start to back off being such assholes. When these bastards have to “grow eyes in the backs of their heads”, they might decide to “behave themselves’. Give these so-called “law enforcement” bastards a “taste of their own medicine”.
    The above is just a thought. I hope it will never come to that, but . . . with the amount of unjustified murders that cops get away with . . . it is a possibility.
    There have been individual cases where rogue cops have been “black bagged”, tied to a tree and warned to start behaving themselves. Of course, these cases are never publicized.
    Look up “the battle of Athens, Tennessee”. This is but one instance of the townspeople “taking back” their town from corrupt “law enforcement”.
    Obtain a copy of “Unintended Consequences” by John Ross…in it are lessons on law and constitutional government, and many ways to “take back” our government.
    It is interesting to note, that, when this book first came out, sellers were routinely harassed by ATF, FBI, DEA, and other “law enforcement” types…Although, out-of-print and a little expensive, it is well worth the cost…

  • James Michael

    Aggravated felony home invasion, felony breach of the peace, terrorism, felony brandishing a firearm, kidnapping, destruction of private property, NO criminal act witnessed and NO warrant and treason…..Sue the crap out of these treasonous felon scumbags….