Detroit, MI - In the city of Detroit, where 9-1-1 calls for real crimes and emergencies often go unanswered, the police conducted a drug raid where they were seen on video smashing up someone's house for no reason.
Police busted through the resident's windows and entered the house like storm troopers, even though the front door was wide open the entire time. According to police, they were chasing a suspect and thought that he might be inside the home. Since they allegedly believed the home to be a "known drug house," they felt that they had probable cause and could raid the house without a warrant.
"What they did last night was basically bust up a private residence in a very unprofessional manner and cause a lot of fear to lawful residents of that home," attorney James Galen said.
One of the people who live in the home decided to take out their cellphone camera and record the scene. After the incident, she told reporters that she decided to film because she is aware of "the types of things that police have been doing recently."
In the video, police can be seen smashing through the windows with their feet and with large batons, shattering glass all over the inside of the home.
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"If I would have broken into somebody's house like that, I would have been shot, and if I would've been shot, nobody would have cared,"Samantha Sayranian told reporters.
Despite their claim of the people in the house hiding a suspect and running a drug operation, no drugs were found in the home and the person who police claimed had a weapon was unarmed. The police say that they haven't done anything wrong and have threatened to come back and evict the people who are living there because they have actually been squatting in the condemned house for nearly 4 years. Squatting is fairly common in Detroit, where entire neighborhoods have fallen into disrepair and banks have foreclosed on much of the property.
It is common practice for police to be as destructive as possible during raids and searches. Whether it is a car search on the side of the road or a full on raid, police are known to throw things around and break things when dealing with any type of suspect.
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John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter-culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work, he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.