DAYTON, OH — A man was awoken to the sight of a SWAT team in his bedroom and a gun to his head. He and his two housemates were threatened, detained, and searched, before it was realized that the police had targeted the wrong people.
“Why jump with them guns to my head?” asked a male resident, who told news crews he did nothing wrong.
“It was really crazy. I can’t believe it even happened,” said the other male resident. “I felt like I was on Call of Duty — like, what is going on?”
The incident took place at 1646 Gondert Avenue in Dayton. Although the address matched the search warrant, the police had missed the fact that the intended suspects had already moved out and new residents now lived there.
Nonetheless, a no-knock raid was performed in the morning hours of July 10th, 2013. The drug-related sting was executed by the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission (OOCIC), on behalf of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The raid team was a special joint task force comprised of federal, state, and local police.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office would not elaborate on the details of the raid, when asked by Dayton Daily News.
The three housemates, who had only lived in the neighborhood a week, were handcuffed and embarrassingly paraded in front of the neighborhood as if they were criminals. They sat in shackles on the sidewalk while police searched their home.
Finally, when the police determined they had made a mistake, they gave the three victims a bottle of water and told them to go back inside. No apologies were offered.
Wrong-address police raids are just one of the many reasons the overuse of SWAT teams and the employment of irresponsible no-knock raids endanger Americans.
WDTNTV interviewed the residents:
Demand that the individuals responsible for the botched raid of 1646 Gondert Avenue be removed from duty.