Elderly Couple Says Police Trashed Their Home While Serving a Warrant
An elderly Los Angeles couple in their 80″s say police trashed their home while serving a warrant. Responding to the allegations, the LAPD says their officers did what they had to do.
The police were in search of the couple’s grandson, DeShawn Johnson, 18, when they served a warrant at the home. Warren Johnson, 81, told CBS Los Angeles that police used a battering ram to knock all the doors off their hinges while searching for the teen, who is suspected of burglary.
The couple says doors are hanging off hinges, forcing the couple to padlock doors when they leave.
“They decided that they would tear everything up because they couldn’t get what they wanted,” Johnson said.
The elderly couple believes cops should pay for trashing their home.
“We know that this is the type of behavior that is typical of what happens in black and brown communities in Los Angeles,” the Johnsons’ attorney, Nana Gyamfi, said.
A spokesperson for police, Captain Evangeline Nathan, said the officers did what was necessary to serve the warrant.
“I admit, we damaged some doors,” Nathan said. “We did not trash his residence. We did not break windows.”
The Johnsons had their home outfitted with security video which shows officers pushing the security cameras away so that their actions couldn’t be recorded. Nathan said that was done because police didn’t know where the video was being fed. She also said none of this would have happened if the couple’s grandson wasn’t a criminal.
“This had nothing to do with where you live, it had absolutely nothing to do with race, it had to do with DeShawn committing crimes,” Nathan said.