I wonder how often this happens across the country. Police SWAT raids are happening more and more, where police break in people’s houses to serve a search warrant that’s often based on an anonymous tip. Sometimes the police find incriminating evidence; but most of the time, the evidence is little or nothing.
In this case, police in Durham, North Carolina are being accused of falsely claiming that they received a 911 phone call from a particular house so that they could enter the house. According to ABC11:
A Durham police officer admitted under oath that he lied in order to gain entry to a home and to serve an outstanding warrant.
During a court hearing last May, court officials say he told a District Court judge that it was a common practice within Durham’s police department.
He said he knocked on a resident’s door, claiming police had received a 9-1-1 hang up call. But, it never happened.
It’s the reason why Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez sent out an internal memo obtained by ABC11.
“Effective immediately,” Lopez wrote, “No officer shall inform a citizen that there has been a call to the emergency communications center, including a hang up call, when there in fact has been no such call.”
ABC11 spoke with Chief Lopez by phone while he attended an FBI Training Institute in Washington D.C.
Lopez denied the officer’s claims that lying to get consent to enter a home is a common practice.
I’ve always thought that the “anonymous” tips police get to justify raiding someone’s house could have easily come from someone in the police department itself. Or, that the anonymous tip never even happened.