When Menlo Park police officers busted into an East Palo Alto home and pointed a firearm at a two-year old girl in November, they had the wrong house, say the two homeowners, who are filing a $500,000 claim against both cities.
The cops did have a search warrant for a home on Garden Street on Nov. 2, 2010, but it wasn’t for the home of Carlos Nava and Melissa Verduzco, whose door cops broke down at 6:45 a.m. that day, reported the Palo Alto Daily News.
The East Palo Alto City Council rejected the claim on an unanimous vote. The Menlo Park City Council has yet to consider the case.
According to the claims, “A sergeant Cowans slammed (Nava’s) face to the ground and kneed him in the back of the head. Later, this officer punched (Nava) about the body,” the newspaper reported.
Other officers entered Verduzco’s room and “pointed laser-sighted firearms” at Verduzco and her 2-year-old daughter, the claims state.
It’s unclear which house cops intended to hit and what they were searching for. Menlo Park cops did not comment on the story, according to the newspaper.