Department defends raid that produced zero evidence
A 90-year-old woman whose home was significantly damaged in a police drug raid says she was falsely targeted by Miami-area law enforcement.
The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, detailed to CBS Miami the moment that Riviera Beach Police threw a flash bang grenade into her home.
“I don’t know how the cops got in here,” the woman said. “The noise woke me up when something said boom! Like a bomb or something.”
After breaking through her front door and shattering several windows, police began demanding access to an alleged drug supply.
“Cops standing over here talking about where’s the drugs? I said what? What drugs? Ain’t no drugs in here,” she said.
Police claim they obtained a warrant after witnessing criminal activity at the woman’s home.
After searching the residence with drug sniffing dogs, police were unable to produce any evidence of criminal activity.
The woman, who has lived at the home for more than 25-years, says she has never been arrested once in her entire life.
“I’ve never been arrested, never been in jail,” she said.
Police refuted the woman’s claim that the raid was carried out on the wrong home and stated that even if she was unaware of drug dealing, “it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.”
Although claiming to be justified, the department and city have promised to replace her door and windows by the end of the month.
No-knock drug raids have become commonplace among American law enforcement despite their often disastrous results for innocent bystanders and even police.
In a somewhat similar situation, police defended a drug raid last year that put a Georgia toddler into a coma after a flash bang grenade blew a hole in his chest.
Written by MIKAEL THALEN
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