Three officers with the Metro Nashville Police Department have had their law enforcement powers restricted after they allegedly forced open the door of a home mistaken to be the residence of a juvenile offender wanted for a series of property crimes.
According to NBC News, Police Chief John Drake said that he ordered two supervisors and an officer to be decommissioned while an investigation into the incident continues.
At a press conference Wednesday, Chief John Drake said, "No innocent family in Nashville, anywhere, should be subjected to what the mother and her two children went through on Tuesday morning. They were awakened by a team of officers who banged on their door and ultimately knocked it in with a ram. It appears that the mother was not given the proper time to come to the door before it was breached. It also appears that the West Precinct did not exercise due diligence in confirming that the 16-year-old who was the subject of the search warrant even lived at that apartment. In light of this scenario, we will be conducting a review of our search warrant processes and provide whatever updated training is necessary to help ensure that Tuesday's scenario is not repeated."
He added, "In all candor, this shouldn't have happened," Drake said. "This mother and her children should not have been subjected to this type of behavior from a police department."