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Police Accidentally Detain And Handcuff Innocent Family At Their Own Home
A family in La Verne were detained and handcuffed inside their own home for 30 minutes before police realized they were in the wrong spot.
CBS L.A. reports that police responded to a burglary call in La Verne Saturday afternoon, and were dispatched to an address on Price Drive. Resident Donna Napoli told KCAL that La Verne police officers opened the front door to her home without any warning, and yelled at her to put her hands on her head. "He had his gun drawn and was aiming it at my head,” Napoli said. Then, police marched Napoli and her 14-year-old son, who was making pancakes at the time, outside along the side of their house, and handcuffed them.
In video captured on a cell phone, you can hear Napoli saying, "They invaded our privacy," and additional footage from a security camera shows the officers heading into the house with their guns drawn.
Half an hour passed until the police realized they were in the wrong spot; a security alarm indicating a possible burglary was actually next door to the Napoli residence (it was later determined to be a false alarm). A press release shared with KCAL stated that the dispatcher accidentally entered Napoli's address in the computer.
Napoli said she's meeting with the chief of the La Verne Police Department, and will be filing a complaint.