Another Isolated Incident

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Cook County, Illinois:

An elderly couple says Cook County sheriff’s police on a drug raid smashed into their Southwest Side house late Thursday night, terrorizing them before admitting they had the wrong house.

With her husband already asleep, 84-year-old Anna Jakymek was just turning out the lights when she heard loud noises at the back and front doors about 11:30 p.m.

Her initial thought was that her 89-year old husband had fallen out of bed, but she realized something else was happening when she looked into the front room.

“I see maybe 20 guys come in and see the door knocked open,” she said…

Son Andrew said the most potent drug in the home is aspirin.

“They don’t smoke, drink or even watch TV. They believe in America,” he said.

He added that his father, Andrij, suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease and has terminal cancer.

“He won’t even take pain medicine,” he said…

His mother, he said, called him after the raid at the request of the supervising sergeant on the scene. When he got there, he said he was told the officers had raided the wrong home.

“When I arrived the officer explained they had misinformation, but said his job was over, and he was leaving. They left a copy of the warrant, but he absolved himself of any responsibility for the raid or the damage,” Andrew Jakymec said.

He estimated the damage to broken doors, locks and windows at up to $3,000.

“Everything was violently opened. Cabinets were ripped open, clothes and sheets were everywhere, and pieces of wood where the doors were rammed were all over the place,” he said.

Bonus points: The Jakymeks emigrated to the U.S. from the Ukraine in the 1960s in order to escape Soviet oppression.

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75 Responses to “Another Isolated Incident”

  1. #1 |  Robert | 

    Bergman: There’s one local that has laws against just exactly what you describe. I can’t remember the place right off my head, but basically they passed a law that says if you have anything other than a normal door on your house, and they find anything at all illeagal inside, that they can tack on an extra charge.

  2. #2 |  Marlon Perkins | 

    “They don’t smoke, drink or even watch TV. They believe in America,” he said.

    Nothing, I just thought that line was hilarious enough to see one more time.

  3. #3 |  Dave W. | 

    There has been an update in the Brian Kelly video’ing police case which Mr. Balko has reported on in the past IIRC:

    good, but could have and should have been better

  4. #4 |  Dave W. | 

    Further to previous: Long story short (the case is long):

    1. it is not a crime to videotape on-duty popos in PA


    2. court says it is not clear whether there is an affirmative Constitutional right to video popos, and the court declined to provide any clarification on that point

  5. #5 |  Dave W. | 

    legal update in the Guizn killig case against the police too:

  6. #6 |  Juxtaposition « Oh, My! | 

    […] And this. […]

  7. #7 |  ZappaCrappa | 

    You people all need to shut the fuck up and be grateful you live in the greatest country on the mother fucking planet…and recite the pledge of allegiance! I said RECITE THE FUCKING PLEDGE OF FUCKING ALLEGIANCE!!!! ooops…wrong thread…or is it?

  8. #8 |  Kevin3% | 

    I suspect that what will eventually come of all of these “ISOLATED INCIDENTS” if no level of substantive accountability is forthcoming, the first cop who breaches the door in such a manner, will one day, have his fucking head blown off!

    Substantive accountability = personal and individual criminal charges and personal and individual payment of restitution against the wrong doer(s).

    I am not holding my breadth for the former. Nor will I shed a single tear for the pig who dies in such a manner.

  9. #9 |  Steamed McQueen | 

    re: Soviet oppression: Even the KGB had the courtesy to knock first and determine that they had the correct apartment before they ripped the place apart and took the inhabitant away.

  10. #10 |  donttread | 

    I hope the Jakymeks are able to collect a substantial settlement for this state inflicted terror. Unfortunately, as others have pointed out, even if there is some sort of payment it will not come out of the pockets of the idiots who ransacked their house, but rather once again from the taxpayers’ pockets.

  11. #11 |  DarkEFang | 

    FBI super-spies attempt to track a Egyptian-American college student, only to be foiled by an oil-change technician:

  12. #12 |  National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 10-08-10 « Injustice Everywhere | 

    […] the home since they left the Soviet Union in the 1960′s to escape government oppression. (h/t The Agitator) […]

  13. #13 |  albatross | 


    You might want to weigh the relative risk of home invasion (government or freelance) vs fire, and think through whether you’d rather have the SWAT team not be able to quickly get into your house, at the cost of also having the fire department not be able to quickly get in.

    In fact, one of the strongest reasons to have professional police forces and laws and such is so we *don’t* all need to live in fortresses, carry guns, wear body armor, travel in groups, etc. Places where you *have* to do those things are awful places to live. (There’s nothing wrong with doing those things, if you want to, but anyplace where it’s necessary for basic safety is a lousy place to live.)

  14. #14 |  pam | 


    (all 3 stories on the first 4 pages of the Chicago Tribune today)

  15. #15 |  Bob | 

    Dorian was off-duty at the time. Prosecutors said he was driving at least 83 mph when he hit a pickup truck on Illinois Highway 394 near Richton Road, killing 17-year-old Dylan Drapeau, a senior at Crete- Monee High School. Drapeau’s family pushed for Dorian to be charged with reckless homicide.

    At the time, Lynwood Police Chief David Palmer said Dorian admitted speeding but said he was rushing to take his car for repairs after his “check engine” light started flashing.

    Ah yes, the old “Check engine light” defense.

  16. #16 |  Jared | 

    I don’t smoke, I do drink, and I also believe in America. Its existence, that is.

  17. #17 |  pam | 

    (sorry, I don’t think this posted the first time).

    Sheriff’s Police Applogize for Raid
    (ha check out the TV)


  18. #18 |  delta | 

    #11 said: “Release the Cracken!”

    Um… it’s “Kraken”.

  19. #19 |  Whim | 

    I think the police (the public) are liable for property damage inflicted during a SWAT or any other kind of raid on a residence.

    Anyone know otherwise?

    If the police batter down your door, tear up your furniture, and create domestic mayhem they owe for property damages.

    The Ukrainian couple should file a claim with the city.

  20. #20 |  Marty | 

    some departments will budget to handle damages, but you usually have to fight for damages (and good luck collecting). They’re ‘doing their job’, it’s not their fault that you’re a criminal or that they got faulty intel.

    it’s a small price we pay for freedom.

  21. #21 |  Windy | 

    “As soon as we entered the home, we knew this couple was not involved in the activity alleged.”
    So if they knew immediately the couple were not involved in anything illegal, why the hell did they toss the house? The damage could have been limited to the doors being bashed in, but instead they turned the house upside down:
    “Everything was violently opened. Cabinets were ripped open, clothes and sheets were everywhere, and pieces of wood where the doors were rammed were all over the place.”
    Sounds like harassment to me.

  22. #22 |  Windy | 

    That’ll teach me to read all the comments before posting my own, Kristen said much the same thing as I.

  23. #23 |  pam | 

    24 cops in riot gear broke into an elderly couple’s home while a guy in TN watched while his house burn to the ground. Something is wrong with this picture.

  24. #24 |  GreginOz | 

    Given the sheer size of th U.S. I am waiting for a “Terminator” incident in revenge for some egregious action by Gummint thugs. As in like Big Arnie blowing through a PigPen all weaponed up. There will be dancing in the streets. The war the U.S. Gummint is waging on it’s own citizens will actually CREATE domestic terrorists…’course they’ll be calling THEMSELVES Patriots! It would be suitably ironic if such an incident was enacted by an ex-service person, now that’s what i call fucking blowback

  25. #25 |  Embed the Raidmap « The Republican Heretic | 

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