This story is a year old, but I somehow missed it when it first happened.
An elderly couple in New York have had their home wrongly raided by police over 50 times. For reasons I can’t quite comprehend, someone decided to enter the couple’s address as the default address on search warrants while conducting a test on police department computers. Then, apparently, at least 50 times, some NYPD cop subsequently neglected to enter the actual address he wanted to search when filling out a search warrant.
So much incompetence on display here. But here’s one thing the NY Daily News article doesn’t explicitly point out that’s worth noting: The couple (and the previous owner) complained numerous times. It wasn’t until the media ran got wind of the story that NYPD took the time to figure out the problem.
On a lighter note, the fact that the house was actually sold as all this was going on makes me wonder if this is one of those things a seller is obligated to disclose. “Oh, it’s in a great neighborhood. Really excellent schools. And there’s a lovely breakfast nook with bay windows. One thing, though. About once a month, the police are going to come into your home, point their guns at you, and probably scream at you to tell them where you’re hiding the rapist. But . . . granite countertops!”
Challenge to Agitator commenters: Come up with a real estate euphemism that turns this into a positive.