The moment Swat team storms innocent woman's house
Armed police smashed through the front door of an elderly woman's home and threw flash grenades, before realising she was innocent. Now they're fighting to get her lawsuit against them dismissed.
Louise Milan, 68, of Evansville, Indiana, is suing after the Swat team arrested her and her 18-year-old adopted daughter Stephanie during the botched investigation in June 2012.
Video from a helmet camera on one of the officers shows the dramatic raid. It was released this week by lawyers for the city of Evansville to support their motion for the lawsuit to be dismissed, the Courier Press reported.
As the heavily-armed team stormed into the house, Milan and her daughter screamed and begged the officers not to hurt them.
Upon finding Stephanie cowering behind a couch, the men demanded she stand and put her hands behind her back, then put cuffs on her.
The same was done to Milan.
The officers were reportedly looking for evidence relating to anonymous online posts threatening the police department and its chief.
However, the person responsible for the messages was later found to have hacked into Milan's internet connection, the Courier Press reported.
The FBI arrested a suspected local gang leader who lived nearby in his mother's house. He admitted to writing the threats using Milan's wireless network.
Access to the router was not protected by password.
Milan's lawyer said police used more force than necessary.
"We're talking about a search warrant, not an arrest warrant," he said.
Police claimed the approach was justified because of the "unprecedented threat assessment".