Militarization of Police

Tennessee Cops Raid Wrong Home, Point Guns at Naked Woman While Looking for Teen Suspect

Nashville officers tried to smooth things over with groceries. A traumatized Azaria Hines says what she really needs is "a peace of mind."

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Three Tennessee officers have been decommissioned after raiding the wrong home with guns drawn and forcing a naked woman outside.

Officers with the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) raided the home of Azaria Hines last Tuesday, WSMV reports. The unclothed Hines was asleep on her sofa after a late shift when she heard a banging outside. When she realized the commotion was coming from officers, Hines later said, she asked them to hold on. Her calls were ignored.

Body camera footage from the raid shows Hines attempting to ask the officers to wait while they break her door down with a battery ram, which occurred fewer than 30 seconds after they shouted warnings.

After smashing the door frame, officers burst through the door with guns drawn at a naked Hines. Hines attempted to reach for a shirt, but was prevented from clothing herself. Armed police rushed through the home and forced Hines' 3-year-old nephew and 15-year-old cousin outside the home.

Several minutes later, the officers told Hines they had the wrong home.

The police were looking for a 16-year-old in connection with some vehicle burglaries. Interim Chief John Drake confirmed in a Wednesday press conference that the address MNPD used to serve the search warrant was outdated. The department obtained the information through the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, which has not provided updates on residents since 2018, due to privacy concerns. Hines had only lived in the apartment for six months, and she had no connection to the teen.

Lt. Harrison Dooley, Sgt. Jeff Brown, and Officer Michael Richardson are currently decommissioned pending an investigation. The department will also review its search warrant procedures.

The department attempted to smooth things over with Hines by dropping off groceries. Hines wasn't impressed by the gesture, saying: "Groceries isn't what I need. I need a peace of mind. I haven't had any sleep since this happened. I haven't had a whole night of sleep since this happened. I don't feel comfortable in my own home. My door is still not fixed all the way."

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    2. This is just another example of how Democrat run city police, abuse the rights of individuals. I can’t see any excuse for using a battering ram to look for a burglary suspect when the resident asks them to hold on a minute, other than it shows a propensity to use force unnecessarily, because they can get away with it. I see they bought her some groceries in an attempt to smooth things over, but they failed to repair the busted door frame which I expect will cost more than a bag of groceries. They couldn’t wait 5 minutes to not destroy someone else’s property.

      If I bust the door frame of the chief of police, will I get to walk away like the police did? See, the police have become criminal, because of their Democrat politician managers. Protesters should be protesting the mayor and city council and calling for their resignations, rather than protesting the ephemeral “systemic racism” of their Democrat run police forces.

      1. Too often, fools rush in where prudent persons fear to tread. The house could have been surrounded and officers wait until their suspect exited or showed himself. Verification of address would have helped. Is this imprudence due to the forfeit provisions allowed in the drug war?

  3. I’m going to need to see some body cam footage for this one.

  4. “The department will also review its search warrant procedures.”

    Come on, man – – – it ain’t that hard.
    Send a uniformed officer up to the door in daylight.
    Knock or ring the bell, and announce yourself as police with a warrant. Identify the type of warrant, arrest or search.
    Wait 3 minutes for a response.
    If someone inside says something, listen.
    Respond politely, asking for permission to enter.
    Only if permission is denied, and after warning that the door will be broken in, do you break in the door.
    Oh, yeah; try the door before you break in, it might be unlocked.

    1. You’re missing the step where you don’t rely on data from a database that hasn’t been updated in 3 years when applying for your warrant.

      1. Is it the same database that’s being used for mailing out ballots?

        1. No, the ballots is based upon a much older “database”. Database = a collection of handwritten notes written down 20 years ago by an 80 year old volunteer.

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          They want confusion, litigation, and to decide much later, perhaps after Jan 20 so the Speaker of the House becomes president per a legislatively passed law that will no doubt be challenged as well, but on Constitutional grounds. People can do absentee ballots via request (and they aren’t handling that well either), but they also need to pass state legislation before starting mail in balloting, with all the necessary procedures in placed and tested. I expect chaos, caused by Democrats, and Democrats pointing the finger at Trump and the USPS instead of themselves.

      2. Which begs the questions of how do they collect rent and how do they know the people who actually live there were the ones who were eligible to live there.

        1. The people collecting the rent have the right DB, they haven’t shared it with the cops in three years. This is actually a win, on that one small point.

    2. Recommend having several guys stationed at the varying corners of the property with sight lines. Lest you find yourself in a sophomorically Clouseau-esque situation of knocking on the door while the suspect is slipping out the back.

    3. Two warrants served on me-

      1. Cops continuously pound on door, not identifying themselves, rush to the door half-naked thinking it is an emergency, and get it open. Spend the next half-hour with cops asking for a suspect 100lb heavier than me, refusing to allow me to get some clothes (there’s only two exits. cops could have been placed at both of them if they feared escape), and end up playing some headgame while the cops demand I prove my identity while at the same time disallowing me to retrieve said materials to prove my identity, pushing to be let inside the premises…

      2. Knock on door. Officer identifies himself as from the sheriff’s department. Ask the officer what’s the problem. Officer asks if I am so-and-so. Decline. Officer asks for identification. Officer then politely asks that I leave the door wide open as I go to retrieve ID. Agree. Retrieve ID. Officer apologizes for disturbing me. Whole bit takes less than 5 minutes.

      One of these departments I have overheard officers talk about planting evidence, carrying unmarked weapons in the trunk, and refusing to assist female officers who rejected their romantic overtures. Can you guess which one?

      1. I have overheard officers talk about planting evidence, carrying unmarked weapons in the trunk, and refusing to assist female officers who rejected their romantic overtures.

        The story was plausible until this bit. D-

        1. +1, it just seems unlikely that you would have overheard these types of comments unless you are actually working in that department.

          1. Nah, could be fire or EMS, those two jobs have a lot of contact with the cops.

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    4. Better yet, just camp outside all the exits and wait.

      Drugs gonna be flushed? Oh too bad the flusher now owes thousands to a dealer and can’t repay him. Too bad, so sad. I mean — if you think the whole purpose of the drug war it to get rid of drugs and hurt druggies, here’s a nice simple way. Set up chess tables outside so the cops and passers by can while away the time. Recruiting tables. Tables to clear fixit tickets. Lots of better things to do than SWAT raids.

      1. i’ve always said this! why do they need drug raids? Knock like normal, and if they flush all the drugs, then the drugs are gone and who cares.

        the drug war is beyond stupid, and i say this as someone who has a very low opinion of drug use/users

        1. Addiction is a symptom of PTSD. Says Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine Eric Kandel.

          Dr. Lonny Shavelson found that 70% of female heroin addicts were sexually abused in childhood.

      2. If they’re worried about drugs or other evidence being flushed, they could simply cut off the water to whatever unit they’re raiding before they knock. The occupants will get one flush of the toilets with the water in the tank, but won’t get everything past the trap, and getting anything down a sink drain will be impossible.

    5. WHY hurry? 3 minutes, 3 hours. The “lost time” would be gained by lack of investigations of wrong doing.

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  5. I’m sure there are people who are more than ok to support this. The lady probably had outstanding arrest warrants, or was actually on meth at the time or is actually a Marxist terrorist.

    1. Well she did answer the door naked in the mid-afternoon with her cousin and nephew in the house. Pretty sure that if she were a man and either one of the other two occupants were a female, they’d have dragged him out in cuffs.

    2. Arrest warrant to make forcible entry into a residence to grab a 16 year old for vehicle burglaries? Seems a bit excessive. Even if the kid actually was there.

      Since it’s Zuri Davis writing this story, what else happened?

      1. For one, the projects people are obviously lying. OTOH not doing due diligence on what the projects hotline told you for a dynamic entry raid isn’t much better.

    3. WHERE do you live that your scenario would be, “probably”?

  6. Why does it matter if she was naked?

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      2. They had their “guns” drawn.

    1. And retroactively, why/that she fell asleep naked on the couch after a late shift?

      1. Shitty a/c? Seems a bit boundary breaking with a 15 year old in the dwelling, but hey, lifestyles of the Southern poor and unknown. At least she’s working.

        1. Yeah, I didn’t mean to get too judgemental. With both a 3 yr. old and a 15 yr. old who could pull the sheets off of you at any minute (or answer the door for you) it just seems odd and the story sounds an awful lot like what someone would say if there woke up after being passed out drunk or got caught rubbing one out or something.

      2. Might just mean she was naked under a sheet or blanket, and when she got up in a hurry, hadn’t wrapped it around her very well.

    2. I’m just hoping for her sake that the 15 year old cousin is a girl if she’s going to be sleeping naked on the couch.

      As a former 15 year old boy myself, such animals aren’t mentally fully formed and on a long enough timeline can’t be trusted to be around women sleeping naked in common spaces.

      1. Weird place to confess to fucking your cousin, but OK.

  7. never goto Tennessee.

    1. I’m in GA and thinking of retiring to TN. At least the freedom index is #7 vs GA at #12. https://www.freedominthe50states.org

      1. New Jersey’s only 47th? Gotta piss off Phil Murphy that we’re not 50th.

      2. Just driving through TN, and it was obvious they LOVE their cops. Some shithole town of mostly trailer parks, and the police precinct is a shiny new building and all of the patrol cars are brand new.

        Only saw more cops in WY.

        1. a two-step plan to keep the hillbillies off the opiates

          1. And the tourists’ wallets in town.

          2. Addiction is a symptom of PTSD. Says Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine Eric Kandel.

            Dr. Lonny Shavelson found that 70% of female heroin addicts were sexually abused in childhood.

        2. Better keep an eye out for the police.
          When you’re divin through Nutbush.

        3. Living in Tennessee I have to find that most police officers are: handing out speeding tickets or stopping out of state cars and searching for cash to build those police stations.

    2. Nashville was a lot of fun when I visited. There’s definitely a stupid hipster part of town, outside of that though it was pretty great. Good bbq, hot chicken is excellent, and the live music scene rivaled Austin.

      1. their hockey jerseys are a color of yellow that doesn’t exist

      2. “and the live music scene rivaled Austin.”

        Cough, cough… I think you mean that Austin is a second rate version of Nashville.

    3. What? Tennessee is great. Well, Nashville and Chattanooga anyway. Middle Tennessee, as its called.

      1. East Tennessee is a good tourist destination. Not enough industry and too small a population to make a good spot to immigrate to at working age, but it draws retirees.

        West Tennessee tends to fall under the classic Mississippi corruption influence much like New Orleans. The most corrupt politicians from Tennessee are all from the Memphis area.

        1. Relocated from Houston to Chattanooga last December. Great choice! Work from the house so made since to choose someplace better. Less people, mountains, great Internet.

          1. I can’t blame you at all, as a Houston resident. Rather, I envy you. Sounds great.

            OTOH, I think I’m getting to experience what Detroit residents felt, circa 1963, and as an amateur historian, that’s an interesting feeling.

  8. …which has not provided updates on residents since 2018, due to privacy concerns.

    HOW IRONIC. You just have to laugh.

    1. It’s run by democrats, need I say more?

  9. Maybe she can build a new door out of the groceries they gave her.

  10. Three Tennessee officers have been decommissioned

    So they just hang out around the police station for ceremonial purposes?

    1. I like to think it means a disgruntled chief is looking for a way to sell them to some freedom fighters in the 3rd world.

    2. I’ve never encountered that term before. I wonder if it is a more imposing euphemism for “modified assignment” or “limited duty”? It implies they lost their badges, which I doubt, at least until the end of a two year process, fought tooth and nail by their union

  11. “Several minutes later, the officers told Hines they had the wrong home.”

    Let’s reward good behavior here. Other cops never have admitted they made a mistake, or continued ransacking the wrong house for hours afterward. And never once offered free groceries.

    Give ’em medals, E for effort!

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  13. The department obtained the information through the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, which has not provided updates on residents since 2018, due to privacy concerns.

    LOL at believing this obvious self-serving BS. “Yes we here at the Projects Bureaucracy will give you an address for that person, but it may or may not be correct because we have privacy concerns with definitely correct addresses.”

  14. “point guns at naked woman” still making me larf … coulda been a whole different scene

  15. The police were looking for a 16-year-old in connection with some vehicle burglaries.

    Why does this remotely require a raid with a battering ram?

    1. He might have flushed all the stolen items down the toilet. Or something.

      1. As you know ALL vehicle burglars are armed and dangerous murderers and if cornered in a house they WILL attempt to shoot their way out. The only way to protect the safety of the officers is to smash through the door and point guns at everyone in the house before they can properly identify the intruders as police. At lest, that’s how they saw it done in Bad Boys.

    2. “Why does this remotely require a raid with a battering ram?”

      Well clearly it doesn’t. The police department wouldn’t have suspended them, if they had an excuse not to.

  16. How has this not been said yet?

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  19. 1) Why was she buck naked on the couch with a 15 year old nephew in the house?

    2) Why is a violent raid required when looking for a 16 year old burglary suspect?

    1. Great questions!

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  21. Nashville has been a democrat run city for decades – there is no surprise in this article. Blacks are only respected on election day

  22. Tennesee must still be using the Three Stooges Police Training Academy.
    And they claim there may have been a “policy” issue. How about a constitutional rights issue???? How about not serving a petty warrant with a BATTERING RAM!!!!!!
    Can’t imagine why there is such outrage over the dimwit criminals in blue these days.

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  24. As an apology they brought her groceries (probably extorted or taken as asset forfeiture) but they didn’t fix the broken door. Cops don’t like closed, locked doors. They just know people are up to no good.

  25. I am going to echo others here when I say what was the need to smash down a door when you’re looking for a vehicle burglar.
    And if they want to make nice with the lady, why don’t they pay for someone to come and fix the door?

  26. “The unclothed Hines was asleep on her sofa”

    “Armed police rushed through the home and forced Hines’ 3-year-old nephew and 15-year-old cousin outside the home.”

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  29. Wow. She deserves more than groceries for this terrifying incident.

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  31. the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, which has not provided updates on residents since 2018, due to privacy concerns.

    This incident shows just how well those “privacy concerns” are working out. Or does this refer to privacy of the housing agents?

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