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Hilton, the son and grandson of Columbus police officers, went to police headquarters to clear up a mistake. Instead, he was arrested.
"Then I was hauled off to the jail and put in a cell with a bunch of other people," Hilton said.
It turned out that there is another William A. Hilton, who has a lengthy criminal record including a murder charge that was dismissed.
The first Hilton spent three days in jail waiting for the situation to be cleared up.
However, no one -- from the arresting officers to the jail deputies -- questioned the fact that Hilton is white and the suspect Hilto
Something like this happened to me. I was pulled over for a taillight that had burned out, and asked to show my drivers license.
Originally posted by filosophia
Then to top it all off, the guy was white but the other suspect was black.
The Berwyn Heights mayor's residence drug raid was a controversial action taken by the Prince George's County, Maryland Sheriff's Office and Police Department at the home of Berwyn Heights mayor Cheye Calvo on July 29, 2008. The raid was the culmination of an investigation that began in Arizona, where a package containing 32 pounds of marijuana was intercepted in a Fed Ex warehouse, addressed to the mayor's residence. In spite of intercepting the package in transit, the police allowed the package to be delivered, and once the package arrived at the house, a SWAT team raided and took the mayor and his mother-in-law into custody, killing his two dogs in the process.
The event gained national and international media attention. While the Calvos were cleared of wrongdoing, the police were accused by the Calvos and civil rights groups of lacking a proper search warrant, excessive force, and failure to conduct a proper background investigation of the home being raided. Despite the criticisms, no action has been taken against the officers or their respective police departments. In August 2010, Sheriff Jackson stated, “we'd do it again. Tonight.”
Improper search warrant
During the interrogation, Calvo repeatedly requested to see the search warrant, but his lawyer stated no copy was provided until three days later. A County Police spokesman initially stated that a no-knock warrant had been issued for Calvo's home. However, after Calvo's lawyer challenged that statement and media published copies of the warrant, the commander of the county's narcotics enforcement division stated that no-knock warrants do not exist in the county. However, no-knock warrants were clarified in a 2005 law, sponsored by Baltimore Delegate Curt Anderson, that limits their use to suspects fleeing into a house, or if a suspect is considered armed or is attempting to destroy evidence.
Lack of a background investigation
During interrogation, Calvo stated that officers did not believe he was the Mayor and for a time refused his request that they contact the Berwyn Heights Police Department (which was unaware of the raid) to confirm his identity. Police Chief High stated his department did not know the home was owned by the mayor and his wife.
In an editorial a week after the shooting, The Washington Post criticized the actions of police officers as "a Keystone Cops operation from start to finish", alluding to the lack of proper execution by the sheriff's department's SWAT team
Originally posted by lewman
i wonder what would happen if the police knocked on your door and you refused to believe they were genuine and then wrestled them into submission before making a citezens arrest. you then lock them in your basement and then wait a couple of days before clarifying their true identity and letting them go.
i think you would be charged with kidnap and you would get a very large portion of your life behind bars but how do we the people allow this to happen. the police in question should atleast lose their jobs over this.