VIDEO: Family claims police ‘terrorized’ them in their own home
DES MOINES, Iowa – A family in Des Moines says they are trying to recover after they claim they were terrorized in their own home by police.
On Thursday, Ankeny police served a search warrant after believing a resident in the home used a stolen credit card to purchase clothes and electronics.
The search was caught on a security camera.
The video shows police banging on the side of the house before breaking the door.
According to WHO-TV, the video also showed an officer breaking a security camera outside the home.
Justin Ross was in the bathroom at the time of the search and says he was carrying a gun he is legally allowed to have on him.
Ross said, “I stood up, I drew my weapon, I started to get myself together to get out the door. I heard someone in the main room say, ‘Police.’ I re-holstered my weapon, sat back down and put my hands in my lap.”
Ross was honorably discharged from the Army recently.
The family says they would have answered the door had the police knocked.
Two of the people inside the house were arrested on unrelated charges and none of the items listed on the search warrant were found.
Authorities say the search was in an attempt to recover $1,000 worth of items that were purchased with a stolen credit card.
Capt. Makai Echer, spokeswoman for the Ankeny Police Department, said they looked at the suspects’ criminal histories and whether there would be firearms in the house when determining if they should knock or go in similar to a SWAT team.
Of the three people in the home, one has an arrest record for two assaults that happened about 13 years ago.
Ross also has a permit to carry a weapon but Echer would not comment on whether that played a role in the decision.