Shocking SWAT raid captured on helmet cam raises questions
A terrifying helmet cam video, released to the public Wednesday, depicts a SWAT team executing a search warrant on the home of a 68-year-old woman and her 18-year-old adopted daughter.
The video is raising questions of privacy, reasonable force and police due diligence. They had the wrong place.
The raid of Louise Milan and daughter Stephanie Milan’s Evansville, Ind. home was accompanied by the sound of shattering glass and multiple flash-bang grenades.
A lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court at Evansville last year by the homeowner, naming the city, its police department, Police Chief Billy Bolin and “unknown officer of the Evansville Police Department and SWAT team” as defendants:
“On June 21, 2012, the Evansville Police Department and officers of the EPD and its SWAT team executed a search warrant for computer devices and raided Milan’s residence with a local television news crew in tow to memorialize the raid,” the complaint reads.
Mother and daughter were the only people present during the daytime raid. The complaint continues:
The officers smashed Milan’s window and storm door and threw in two flash-bang grenades that created property damage in addition to the destroyed window and storm door. The officers used flash-bang grenades despite the fact that [there] were no threatening suspects visible. Milan and her daughter were ordered on to the floor at gunpoint, handcuffed and paraded in front of their neighbors into police vehicles. Both were detained and questioned by the officers.
The raid was prompted by a series of threatening posts directed at police chief Bolin. The officers left the Milan residence with the family’s computers and cell phones. An examination of there items revealed their innocence. A neighbor had tapped into their non-secure router to send the threats.