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SWAT Team Violates Homeowner’s Rights

Posted on February 5, 2014

A Jacksonville homeowner thought she may have been robbed Sunday, but realized instead her home had been altered by a SWAT team.

Deborah Franz was told to leave her home by police during a standoff with her neighbor over the weekend. According to WTEV-TV, Franz overheard loud fighting next door, and then saw SWAT team members swarm the street.

“The cop goes ‘You all need to leave, you can’t be in your house,’” Franz told the station.

The standoff lasted nearly six hours, but after the scene was cleared by law enforcement, Franz was able to return to her home and was under the impression everything was back to normal.

That’s when she was taken by surprise.

“I was the first one that came in the door and I stopped – I froze – because I realized somebody had messed with my TV,” Franz said. Her television and her game console had been moved and unplugged, her blinds were open on several windows, and blankets she had covering some walls were thrown on the floor.

After taking a quick inventory and realizing nothing was missing, Franz could only assume it was the police that had been in her house. “They were the last people I (saw) around my house,” she said.

Then she called the station to confirm her suspicions. “When he did call me back and he said ‘Yeah Ms. Franz my men did come in your house,’” said Franz.

Even worse, the mess in Franz’s house didn’t help the cops’ cause; after a near 6-hour standoff that blocked off access to most of the neighborhood, the police finally realized that the suspect had escaped the residence and and the SWAT team effort missed him completely.

Usually law enforcement officials need a warrant or permission to enter a home, but one attorney WTEV interviewed said it appears the team used Franz’s home to gain an edge on the suspect.

“It seems they only entered into the home to gain a tactical advantage. I think if there’s any violation that would probably be it,” criminal defense attorney Miguel Rosada Jr., said.

For now, Franz simply wants an explanation and an apology. “If you’re going to come in my home and use my home, at least let me know or at least try to contact me,” said Franz.

According to Rosada, it would be difficult to bring forth a case because there were no damages but he said the JSO should have at least notified her.

See Franz’s story here:

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6 thoughts on “SWAT Team Violates Homeowner’s Rights

  1. The last I heard, when someone enters your home without permission it was called”breaking and entering”, which is most definitely against the law.

  2. Welcome to Communist America folks, where leo's have the power to do whatever they please, whether they have the authority or not. I'm sure they were just making sure her home was safe and secure for her return, lmao!

  3. The lawyer is described as having stated that there were no damages, but is not quoted. He would have been more accurate to state that judges have provided these guys immunity if that is the case in FLA, when they ignore rights. Remind me not to hire a lawyer that does not even notice the severe damage done by police in acting under what is seemingly martial law for a "standoff" the substance of which is not even described at the outset of the article.

  4. John Steam says:

    If the cops tell me I need to evacuate my home, I'm telling them to Fvck off. If they kick in the door to make me do it by force then we'll just have to see what happens next.

  5. Texas Chris says:

    Behold, a patriot!

    Well said, John. Our countrymen have lost their spines. They let the police commit crimes in the name of crime fighting.

  6. Buckeye Libertarian says:

    This is a violation of 3A: No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

    The lady clearly has been brainwashed to the point where she makes inane statements like "let me know or at least try to contact me."