Police in San Antonio, Texas, raided the wrong home looking for “drugs and guns” in November 2002. During the raid officers beat the innocent residents, putting one man in the hospital and knocking the teeth from another.
Three men aged between 17 and 20 were sitting and watching TV in their apartment when police shattered the back glass door. A dozen officers entered the apartment, screaming profanities and pointing guns, while tear gas filled the room.
The men told the media they thought they were being robbed as officers beat them. “We were kicked and punched at least 20 times,” said one. “I couldn’t talk. I was good and scared.”
After handcuffing the beaten men and searching the apartment, officers realized they had gone to the wrong address. Police then apologized to their bleeding victims, went five apartments down, and arrested two other people.