POLITICS
01/29/2013 08:42 am ET

Raid Of The Day: Lloyd Miner

On the evening of June 12, 1991, a Kansas City narcotics unit broke into the home of 33-year-old Lloyd Miner, clubbed him with a flashlight, smashed his toilet, turned over his furniture, pried the doors off of his cabinets, and destroyed some of his kitchen appliances before hauling the construction worker off to jail.

Miner sat in a cell for five hours before the police realized they had raided the wrong house. According to the Associated Press, "Maj. Dennis Shreve, commander of the Police Department's narcotics and vice division, said the error had occurred because the sergeant in charge of the operation had neglected to do a routine drive-by check with an undercover agent on the case."

(The "Raid of the Day" features accounts of police raids I've found, researched, and reported while writing my forthcoming book Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces. It's due out in July, but you can pre-order it here.)

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