In yet another wrong-address drug raid. Radley Balko passed it on Thursday
David McKay said he, his wife, 13-year-old daughter and his brother-in-law were sleeping at 5:30 a.m. when they heard banging on the door of their townhouse at 36 Sharon Drive. When they went to open the door, at least 10 police officers forced their way into the home, he said.
â€œTheir guns were drawn, they were screaming â€˜Whereâ€™s Michael, Whereâ€™s Michael,â€™ â€ McKay recounted hours later in a telephone interview from Nyack Hospital, where he took his terrified daughter for treatment after she had an asthma attack and fainted following the ordeal.
McKay said he was still groggy from sleep but tried to explain that there was no one named Michael in the house.
â€œThey pulled me outside in the freezing cold in my underwear, manhandle my wife, point a gun at my daughter and they wonâ€™t even tell me what they are doing in my house,â€ said McKay. â€œIt was terrifying and humiliating beyond belief.â€ […]
When the police were preparing to leave, McKay and his bewildered family asked them again what they were doing and why they entered the house.
â€œThey wouldnâ€™t say,â€ he recalled. â€œAll they would say was â€˜Youâ€™ll read about it in the paper tomorrow.â€™ â€œ
Well, the local police still aren’t talking â€” they’re referring all questions to the DEA. And the DEA has responded with an “apology.” Not directly to McKay and his family, who only learned about it from the media. But the DEA issued a statement.
John P. Gilbride, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, issued a statement Friday clearing Spring Valley resident David McKay and his family of anything to do with the series of drug raids that took place early Thursday in Westchester and Rockland counties.
“We sincerely regret that while attempting to execute an arrest warrant for a member of this drug trafficking organization, the innocent McKay family was inadvertently affected by this enforcement operation,” Gilbride said.
“Though we take many precautions to prevent this type of incident from happening, drug investigations are very complex and involve many fluid factors,” Gilbride said. “DEA will continue to pursue these criminal organizations to protect the public from the scourge of drug trafficking.”
Wow. That’s a pretty pathetic apology for storming into a man’s home with guns drawn, dragging him out in the snow in his underwear while screaming at him, shoving his wife around and sending his daughter to the hospital.
“Inadvertently affected”? Inadvertently affected is when it takes you an extra five minutes to get to work because there was an accident on the bypass and one lane was blocked by the police. Storm troopers terrorizing you in your home is something else entirely.
The article reporting this quoted Radley Balko and talked about the rise of problems with this kind of raid. That’s good.
We’re making a difference. And more and more people are getting fed up with this.