The War on Substances Terrorizes Another Familiy

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This time in Buffalo, where cops broke into the wrong home and threatened to destroy lives:

Armed with a battering ram and shotguns, Buffalo police looking for heroin broke down the door and stormed the lower apartment of a West Side family of eight.

The problem is that the Wednesday evening raid should have occurred at an apartment upstairs, and his kids have been traumatized.

And, that’s only the tip of the iceberg, according to Schavon Pennyamon, who lives at the mistakenly raided apartment on Sherwood Street with her husband, Terrell, and six children.

Pennyamon alleges that after wrongly breaking into her apartment, police proceeded to strike her epileptic husband in the head with the butt end of a shotgun and point shotguns at her young children before admitting their mistake and then raiding the right apartment.

The husband had to receive medical attention for a dislocated arm and other injuries.

Says the chief of detectives: “We can say comfortably that over 1,100 search warrants were executed last year and 580 to date this year and that, with such a high volume and such a fast-paced environment, it is understandable that mistakes could happen.”

How easy to excuse your crimes. You’re just too good a law enforcer!

10:01 am on August 18, 2008
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