We Had to Destroy the House to Save You


All told, Washington County, Virginia, sheriff's deputies did $13,000 in damage to Botswanna Imani's home. All three doors were knocked in and broken glass covered the downstairs portion of the house. When Imani came home to discover the devastation, she also found a brief note from the sheriff's office: "We got a call from your neighbor who was concerned about you. We had to break your door's to get inside." She wants the sheriff to apologize and pay the $1,000 deductible on her home insurance. So far, Sheriff Fred Newman isn't apologizing, and he's turned requests for payment over to a state agency that insures government agencies. That agency is refusing to pay.