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Cops Enter Home Through Window, Shoot Two Dogs; Saw a Footprint on a Bucket
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Quote:Who needs a warrant when you have “exigent circumstances”?

Police in Florida say they were looking for an unidentified gun-toting suspect they believed sometimes hung out at the home they ended up entering into and shooting two dogs, a pitbull and a bulldog mix


While checking the perimeter of the home, deputies found an upside-down bucket with a footprint on it beneath an open window, indicating a possible unlawful entry into the home, the release says.

“Repeated attempts were made to get someone to open the door, with no success,” the release states. “Deputies entered the house through the open window in an effort to locate the suspect and to assure the safety of the occupants.”

How many deputies came in through the window is not clear.
Police say one of the dogs became “aggressive” and “bit at” one of the officers so he “shot in self-defense.” The second dog responded to the aggression by running toward the officer, so, police say, “[f]or personal safety, he shot the second dog.”

The residents of the home say that’s not how it happened:

[Cristina Moses] said she and her fiance [Travis Nicholas] were asleep when they heard a commotion and the dogs inside the bedroom with them started barking.

“I opened the door and there were six police officers pointing guns at me and flashlights, saying ‘Show me your hands. Get on the ground,’ ” Moses said.

“I went to the ground when they told me to and then they said, ‘Is there anybody else in the room?’ and Travis said ‘Yes, I am,’ and they put him on the ground, told him ‘Show me your hands. Show me your hands.’ ”

At that point, Moses and Nicholas said, officers pulled them onto the ground of the hallway, cuffing Nicholas, and placing their boots on the couple’s backs and arms.

“The cops threw Cristina on the ground, cussing,” Nicholas said. “It was obvious that I’m not armed because I’m in my boxers.”

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Here is a better article on the incident.....

http://www.pnj.com/article/20130807/NEWS...s-released

Two deputies are on administrative duty and many questions are still unanswered three days after Escambia County sheriff’s deputies reportedly entered a Warrington couple’s home without a search warrant and shot the couple’s two dogs, mortally wounding one.

The deputies went into the home of Travis Nicholas, 22, and Cristina Moses, 32, on Flynn Drive Sunday night in search of a suspect in an armed disturbance that occurred earlier on the same street.

Both Nicholas and Moses were cuffed in the incident but later released. Neither had been charged as of this afternoon.

“I don’t know why it happened,” an emotional Moses said Tuesday. “I feel like my child has died.”

Today, the Sheriff’s Office refused to provide additional details on what led deputies to enter the couple’s home through the window, cuff them, and shoot their two dogs, except to say that an investigation into the incident is pending.

“There is both a criminal and an administrative investigation ongoing,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sena Maddison wrote in an e-mail today. “More details will be available pending the conclusion of both the criminal and administrative investigation. But not before that time.”

A sheriff’s report states that there is no video evidence of the incident, but the Sheriff’s Office has declined to provide a reason.

A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Tuesday that the agency is not investigating the case at this point.

On Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office issued a release that deputies were in the area around 8:30 p.m. responding to an armed disturbance. A sheriff’s office report said Wayde Morris, 22, got into an argument with his ex-girlfriend and her father, who live at another address on the street. Morris reportedly approached them with a bat and machete. 911 dispatch records show several calls made by neighbors around that time reporting a disturbance on the street and a man with a bat.

Morris was arrested by deputies on a charge of aggravated assault. However, according to the sheriff’s report, several witnesses reported that an additional suspect in a gray tank top pointed a gun at the victims and threatened them. One witness reported the man’s name as Travis.

In a 911 dispatch record from the same night and address, a man is heard telling the dispatcher: “This little punk down the road has got a gun pointed at me, my daughter and my roommate.”

Nicholas denies making threats or owning a gun.

Deputies checked the perimeter of the couple’s home and climbed through the window after finding an upside-down bucket with a footprint on it beneath the window, according the report. The deputies made several unsuccessful attempts to get someone in the home to open the door, according to the report.

But the couple, who said they were sleeping in their bedroom with a closed door at the time, did not hear anything until their dogs began barking at the sound of the deputies.

“I opened the door and there were six police officers pointing guns at me and flashlights, saying ‘Show me your hands. Get on the ground,’ ” Moses said Tuesday.

The couple said six deputies entered their home, but it was only one officer whom they identified as Deputy Mikel Anthony Lee, who fired shots at their dogs.

Lee is listed on the sheriff’s report as a reporting officer; however, Maddison declined to confirm if he was the deputy who fired the shots or give any further details about the deputy.

“More details will be available pending the conclusion of the internal investigation,” she replied in an email.
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Let me guess.
This type of behavior accounts for less than 1% of police. In fact it's so rare it's news. A little slap on the wrists, a little re training so next time none of the dogs live to tell the tale.

Nope no police state here. Move along nothing to see.Rolleyes
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God's Country;114460 Wrote:Nope no police state here. Move along nothing to see.Rolleyes

Spookocracy maybe?

Sure does look like it.
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(08-08-2013, 04:12 PM)Gods Country Wrote: Let me guess.
This type of behavior accounts for less than 1% of police. In fact it's so rare it's news. A little slap on the wrists, a little re training so next time none of the dogs live to tell the tale.

Nope no police state here. Move along nothing to see.Rolleyes

I was about to give the same sarcastic response
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When I was 17 my family moved into a new house. The day of the move we made the first trip and by the time we returned a few hours later the back door was kicked in, the cat was gone, the house was trashed and anything that was left for the move was also gone. We called the police and when they arrived they told us that two officers saw a cat meowing at the window. They went to the window and looked into the house and said that it looked abandoned and that the cat was trapped inside so they busted down the back door to let the cat out and once they "could not make contact with the owners of the home" they left.

Never got any restitution for the property damage, the lost articles, the cat or anything else and we were basically told, they acted in the name of safety for the cat and that nothing could be done.
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acosenza2;114468 Wrote:When I was 17 my family moved into a new house. The day of the move we made the first trip and by the time we returned a few hours later the back door was kicked in, the cat was gone, the house was trashed and anything that was left for the move was also gone. We called the police and when they arrived they told us that two officers saw a cat meowing at the window. They went to the window and looked into the house and said that it looked abandoned and that the cat was trapped inside so they busted down the back door to let the cat out and once they "could not make contact with the owners of the home" they left.

Never got any restitution for the property damage, the lost articles, the cat or anything else and we were basically told, they acted in the name of safety for the cat and that nothing could be done.

But they did not tell you what "safe" place they put the cat so you could get it back?
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THIS ISNT EVERY OFFICER! You guys with your cop bashing.. so what a little harmless b&e from police officers. No big deal. Its so rare it only shows up nearly every day. . Sometimes I think a new law is needed that allows us to put to death any officer that breaks the law. It would certainly make us truly safer. Unfortunately I think anyone that recommends a new law should get punched in the face. Okay ill take a punch in the face if it gets passed...

A consistent stream of asshats with badges... the good ones need to start stopping the bad ones in a big way. If they don't people won't discriminate and I can guarantee the good ones will end up getting hurt because of the actions of the bad ones. Its up to them. Fix it or deal with the consequences.
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RugerGirl;114470 Wrote:
acosenza2;114468 Wrote:When I was 17 my family moved into a new house. The day of the move we made the first trip and by the time we returned a few hours later the back door was kicked in, the cat was gone, the house was trashed and anything that was left for the move was also gone. We called the police and when they arrived they told us that two officers saw a cat meowing at the window. They went to the window and looked into the house and said that it looked abandoned and that the cat was trapped inside so they busted down the back door to let the cat out and once they "could not make contact with the owners of the home" they left.

Never got any restitution for the property damage, the lost articles, the cat or anything else and we were basically told, they acted in the name of safety for the cat and that nothing could be done.

But they did not tell you what "safe" place they put the cat so you could get it back?

They said once they got the door open they could not catch the cat because he ran out of the house.
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God's Country;114460 Wrote:Let me guess.
This type of behavior accounts for less than 1% of police.

It was 100% of SIX officers in this case. Not one said, "hold up, maybe we shouldn't be doing this"?
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