Officers’ policing powers suspended after they forced open door of wrong house

The officers who've been decommissioned announced themselves, then began using a battering ram as they executed a warrant in search of evidence connected to a teenager wanted in a property crimes investigation, Drake said Wednesday at a news conference. They were not there for a violent criminal or drug raid, he added.Officials later learned the teenager had not lived at that address in several months, he said. No one was injured in the incident."In all candor, this shouldn't have happened," Drake said. "This mother and her children should not have been subjected to this type of behavior from a police department."The case comes as police actions and policies across the United States are under scrutiny following the in-custody death in Minneapolis of George Floyd. The Metro Nashville department has tightened its search warrant rules following the episode. Decommissioning is a non-disciplinary, administrative action that temporarily removes an officer's policing authority, the force's online manual states. CNN has reached out to the three officers and the union for comment.

Officers were operating on 'stale information'

The officers were operating on "stale information" when they knocked on the door of the apartment just after 6 a.m., Drake said. In body-camera footage that the chief said "greatly disturbed" him, the officers announce themselves and pound on the door before they begin forcing it open with a battering ram.A young woman can be heard inside the home talking to the officers as they breach the door. "What is going on?" she asks. As police continue forcing the door open, she screams, "I don't have any clothes on!"The woman also tells officers that there are children inside the home. Updated information shows that the family had been living at the address for at least four months, Drake said."Even as the mother approached the door and you can hear her comments, having communications with the officers, we can't come to the conclusion on why they couldn't have given her a little more time at 6:05 a.m.," he said."It's reasonable to believe that anyone at 6:05 could be (a)sleep, could need time to get dressed, assess whatever was going on. For whatever reason, that wasn't provided."DrRead More – Source

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