The Galveston Co. Daily News: Galveston SWAT team wrecks wrong house in search for wrong suspect by Trace Harris:
Members of an island family assert they were injured and traumatized and their house wrecked by a SWAT team searching for a homicide suspect who wasn’t there and who was later cleared of involvement in a shooting death.
The police department argues the team was only following its training when it raided a house in the 5300 block of Avenue O, shattering windows with “flashbang” devices, kicking in doors and ripping out wires.
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After police had cleared the house of all occupants, officers continued to break garage windows with a wooden stick, Rios said.
An officer ripped out two cameras in her living room and kitchen, but she still had one that captured the whole raid, Rios said.
“When the officer found the other camera, he started laughing and said, ‘who keeps cameras in their living room,’” Rios said.
“I’ve been left with traumatized kids, no heat in my home and busted windows, all because they were looking for somebody who didn’t even live there, who was also innocent.”