On Tuesday (Aug. 18), three officers forced their way into the home of Azaria Hines who had just moved into the apartment four months prior with her 15-year-old cousin Kanani Hines and 3-year-old nephew Jaiden Hines. The cops showed up, rifles drawn, while Azaria was sleeping. They were in search of a 16-year-old linked to a string of car burglaries, but they rammed into the wrong home.
According to News 4 Nashville, the cops were going off 2018 data on affordable housing complexes that listed the wanted teen as a resident of the same address. The information was not updated as the Metropolitan Housing and Development Agency stopped sharing information for privacy concerns.
“No innocent family in Nashville, anywhere, should be subjected to what the mother and her two children went through on Tuesday morning,” Police Chief John Drake said. “They were awakened by a team of officers who banged on their door and ultimately knocked it in with a ram. It appears that the mother was not given the proper time to come to the door before it was breached.”
Drake condemned the officers in the West Precinct for their failure to confirm whether the subject of the search warrant even lived at the residence, adding a review of their search warrant and updated training will be conducted.
He said the officers had keys to the apartment, but when it appeared the changes were locked, they decided to ram in the home. The Chief argued the officers should have given the family enough time to answer the door.
“I’m greatly disturbed by the video you just viewed. In all candor, this shouldn’t have happened. This mother and her children should not have been subjected to this type of behavior by our police department,” Drake added.