Police apologize for serving warrant at wrong address, breaking down elderly woman's door

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    Oct. 7, 2012 6:12 p.m.

    Instead of serving no-knock warrants and intentionally initiating high risk encounters that jeopardize the safety of police officers, suspects, and bystanders, maybe they should try something like this:

    Dear Suspect,

    My name is Sergeant Narco. I'm in charge of the Salt Lake Metro Narcotics Task Force. Let me get right to the point of this letter: I believe we have enough evidence to successfully prosecute you for trafficking narcotics. I want to offer you the option to avoid that by simply quitting selling drugs, disposing of contraband currently in your possession and refraining from further violations. Note that you have not been advised to merely scale back your illegal activities. The only option available for you to avoid arrest, prosecution, and probable incarceration, is to IMMEDIATELY stop selling illegal narcotics.

    Please believe me that this is not a “bluff” or a joke of any kind. I urge you not to ignore this warning. If you have any questions you may call my office at (801)555-5555. We are also willing to help you safely dispose of any narcotics or paraphernalia currently in your possession.

    Srg. Narco

  • Peter Coyotl West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    What kind of surveillance did they have on the home? Obviously none. So with no real knowledge of who lives in the home, they decide to storm it with a small army and knock the door down without knocking. This elderly woman could have easily been killed if she had made the "wrong" choices in reacting to this immoral, unannounced raid upon her home.

    What kind of police-state is America turning into?

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Oct. 7, 2012 6:08 a.m.

    They are Sorry. Did they go back the next day and replace the door? Fix all the damage?

  • Thomas Smith Sandy, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 7:06 p.m.

    Add my vote: there is no reason for a no knock raid. I also believe them to be an infringement of personal rights and unconstitutional. Frankly, the gentleman in Ogden who shot several officers should be acquitted of all charges other than the marijuana charge. I keep a gun with me in my residence should someone attempt to enter my home illegally, which is what I consider this intrusion to my personal "castle" to be.

  • JonBonJoviFan Provo, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 3:13 p.m.

    What if that lady had had a heart attack in the admist of everything and died???? THEN what?? She was probably in bed and possibly asleep. If that happened to me, especially at night time, I would totally panic. How on earth could they get the wrong address??? I would say wherever or whomever the wrong address stemmed from should be put on leave for awhile. That is just not acceptable.

  • Ironmomo Ogden, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2012 7:28 a.m.

    "Officers did not follow protocol..."???

    Hopefully future protocol includes researching city property records to determine who owns the home and how long they've lived there, researching utility bill payments to see whose paying the bills, and one last suggestion...how bout ringing the doorbell and introducing yourselves before you swing the battering ram.

  • AT Elk River, MN
    Oct. 6, 2012 5:49 a.m.

    And if the home owner had attempted to defend herself against this illegal invasion of her home, the police would have shot her several times and let her bleed to death. An organization so incompetent that it cannot get an address correct should not be permitted to barge into any home carrying a gun. If this had been done by a non-government-sponsored gang of robbers, would we be satisfied with a lapse of protocol excuse? Every person who barged into that home with a gun drawn committed a felony and should be fired and prosecuted. Do the same with the talking head who blamed it on protocol. Were you or I to do the same to a neighbor, how do you think a "protocol error" would work as a defense?

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 4:25 a.m.

    I think the judge and Mayor must hold some accountability on this, another botched raid by incompetent law enforcement. There is no excuse for no knock raids which are unconstitutional and violation of civil rights. A judge is obligated to give rights a precedence.

    Police ambitions and their politically active operations and statements and power pushing law enforcment is a death warrant. It is so King George of them, and so illegal of them to have this pretentious powers that put fear in the life of every free american.

    It time for all Mayors put a stop to this carnage, people die by it, even the police and its all unwarranted law enforcment. We have a right to challenge any warrant or officer of the law who has no justification of his actions. Just "because" is not justification, that was King George and Hitlers way of law enforcment we wrote out and exempted by the constitution.

    The blundering Keystone Cops Comedy Corp of incompetence that WVC has. Look what they did in the Powell case, its the same corp of idiots. I know police are not hired for intelligence but this is serious failure.

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    Oct. 6, 2012 1:18 a.m.

    It's fascinating to read about the outreach effort of the Salt Lake City Police Department with their admission of error in this case. I have personal knowledge of another law enforcement error that occurred somewhere further North a number of years ago which did not end so readily and the innocent victim became victimized twice by the criminal justice system. It will be interesting to see how this case is resolved.