Police invade Texas woman’s home for warrantless 3AM ‘welfare check’

Travis County (Texas) deputies interrogate Tori Thayer during a 3:00 a.m. welfare check.
Travis County (Texas) deputies interrogate Tori Thayer during a 3:00 a.m. welfare check.
Travis County (Texas) deputies interrogate Tori Thayer during a 3:00 a.m. welfare check.

PFLUGERVILLE, TX — A woman has filed a formal complaint after police entered and searched her home — without consent or a warrant — all to conduct a so-called “welfare check” on her absent roommate.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours of August 2nd, 2015, as Tori Thayer was home alone sleeping a few hours before her shift began at a local restaurant.  Around 3:00 a.m., Ms. Thayer heard noises at the front door and thought someone was breaking in.

“I was ready to run for my life and throw something at them,” Ms. Thayer later recalled to FOX 7 News, speaking about the unknown intruders.  As it turned out, the strange men were four deputies from the Travis County Sheriff’s Department.  They began to demand information and whereabouts of her roommate, Carly Christine.

“She’s not here; she’s not in my house!” Ms. Thayer told them as she began recording the aggressive encounter.  “Where’s your warrant?  Gentlemen, can you provide me a warrant right now?”

Police ignored her requests for a warrant, as they obviously did not have one.  They barked questioned at her, as deputies helped themselves to a search of the home.

“They acted as if I wasn’t even talking, they kept asking me where she was and I had already had complied and told them everything I knew, at that point I was done.” Ms. Thayer told FOX 7.  “I couldn’t do anything and they just wouldn’t listen.”

Ms. Thayer insisted that her roommate had not been home in several days and that the police should immediately leave.  That’s when police grabbed Ms. Thayer and shoved her to the floor.

“Stop! Stop!  You guys can’t handle me like this!  This is against the law!” Ms. Thayer could be heard saying, as the video went dark.

Watch the raw cell-phone video here:

After Ms. Thayer was on the floor, handcuffed and humiliated, police finally gave the first explanation of why they had forced their way into her house.

“She [Ms. Christine] told a relative she was going to kill herself,” a deputy said in the recording.

“Why couldn’t you guys just tell me that from the get-go?” Ms. Thayer asked, while face-down on the floor.

Despite searching the home finding no one else, deputies remained in the home and continued to ask Ms. Thayer the same questions over and over, regarding the whereabouts of her roommate:  “Where is she?”

“I do not have any more information for you all,” Thayer insisted.  “If I did, I would cooperate.  I do not have anymore information!  Beating it out of me, throwing me to the ground, putting your knee in my chest, handcuffing me — none of this s–t will work,” she said.  “Please leave!  I have to work in an hour.”

Deputies continued the interrogation, and ignored her requests to leave.

“So… which room is hers?” the cops quizzed.  “Where does she sleep when she’s here?!”

Ms. Thayer filed a complaint and accused the four deputies of breaking and entering, as well as physical and verbal abuse.

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