City Ordered To Pay For Botched Drug Raid

By: Nick Blaskowski Email
By: Nick Blaskowski Email

ECORSE, Mich. (AP) -- A judge has ordered Ecorse to pay $215,000 to a couple who sued the city, its retired police chief and two officers in connection with a drug raid executed at the wrong house.
The Detroit News says U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds ordered the cash-strapped city about 10 miles south-southwest of Detroit to pay Michael and Tammy Phelps as part of a judgment on Tuesday.
The couple accused the city, former Police Chief Jerry Copeland and others of executing a search warrant on the wrong house in September 2008. They say the warrant was for the home next door.
The lawsuit says officers threw the couple to the floor, pushed Michael Phelps' head and face with the barrel of a gun and handcuffed his wife.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 1, 2011 at 12:35 PM
    Lets blame all of our social issues on Washington and Lincoln. They were in charge at some time and they will not defend themselves.
  • by RT Location: Lansing on Jan 1, 2011 at 08:53 AM
    What's fortunate is that no one was killed. It's been my experience, both first hand and from watching the news, that there are too many trigger-happy cops. I personally ALWAYS have a firearm within reach at my home (there have been too many shootings and armed robberies in Lansing and I'm not taking chances) and if this would have happened at my house I wouldn't have hesitated to open fire on whoever was coming through my door--I would have thought my home was being invaded by criminals. I wonder what'll happen WHEN a citizen protects their home from police incompetence like this and there are dead cops on the floor??
  • by Anonymous on Dec 31, 2010 at 06:22 AM
    SUE, Leave President Bush out of it..Get over It already..It wasnt his fault.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Dec 30, 2010 at 08:35 AM
    The writer of this story needed to pursue further. What was the resulting action regarding the officers involved? Fired? Suspended Without Pay? Still working? The taxpayers are having to pay for their actions, so what was the result to them?
  • by JRHowosso Location: Owosso on Dec 30, 2010 at 08:03 AM
    If the taxpayer didn't have to stand the gaff for this it would be a good thing. Maybe next time they will check the info and address twice..........
  • by Sue Location: Jackson on Dec 30, 2010 at 06:54 AM
    I feel so bad for the couple; having to go through that experience. I think it is justified to pay compensation for a mistake like this. Reminds me of the incident with Mayor Calvo in the east. Don't know whatever came of that situation. You hear of this type of thing happening all to often; especially after Bush enacted the "no knock policy". There was a 92 year old blind woman in the south who was killed by the police when they were at the wrong location. I wish the best for this couple.
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