Pittsburgh SWAT breaks into wrong home, leaving innocent grandmother ‘violated’

The Pittsburgh SWAT team performs a raid on Carla Glover's home. (WTAE)
The Pittsburgh SWAT team performs a raid on Carla Glover's home. (WTAE)
The Pittsburgh SWAT team performs a raid on Carla Glover’s home. (WTAE)

PITTSBURGH, PA — A grandmother says she feels violated and compelled to relocate after a SWAT team broke down her door, shattered her window, and invaded her personal space looking for a person she had never heard of.

The botched raid happened to Carla Glover, 49, while she was away from home.  Returning from a long weekend, she found her house in ruin.  Her window was busted out and glass was strewn across the living room, embedded in the carpet, and stuck in her couch.  Her front door had been breached and knocked off of its hinges.

“Furniture [was] all over the lawn — tossed all crazy,” Glover described the chaotic scene of the March 29, 2013, raid.

A SWAT sharpshooter perches out of the turret of an armored vehicle.(Source: CBS Pittsburgh)
A SWAT sharpshooter perches out of the turret of an armored vehicle. (Source: CBS Pittsburgh)

Glover says that she lives with her 2 grandchildren and they easily could have been home during the aggressive no-knock raid.

“I feel violated,” Glover told WTAE.  “There’s not even words  to describe what I was feeling.”

A neighbor recorded home video of the SWAT members pointing rifles into the home and throwing furniture off of the porch.

Glover said she felt no other option but to relocate: “Why would I want to live there where my door was kicked in? I have to start over.”

“I’m looking for an explanation for how you do surveillance on a house all night, and then you hit the wrong one from the front,” Glover said.

SWAT had a warrant to search the neighbor’s home — which shares a porch with Glover — but negligently assumed they could raid the adjacent home as well.

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FOLLOW UP:  Cmdr. Scott Schubert acknowledged his role in overseeing the raid.  Yet over a year later, he remains in his leadership over Pittsburgh’s Zone 6, and there were no reports of any disciplinary actions taken toward anyone within the police department because of the botched raid.

The Pittsburgh City Council ultimately paid Carla Glover $3,500 to repair the damages to her home.  The funds came from the taxpayers and the Pittsburgh Police Department suffered no consequences whatsoever for their gross negligence.

 

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