Isère. The police confuse him with his neighbor, break down his door and handcuff him in front of his children

Isère. The police confuse him with his neighbor, break down his door and handcuff him in front of his children
Isère. The police confuse him with his neighbor, break down his door and handcuff him in front of his children

This is a mistake with serious consequences. A father had a traumatic experience on Monday May 27, 2024, when Grenoble police officers broke down the door to his apartment with a battering ram. They handcuffed him in front of his children, as part of an operation carried out for drug trafficking. But the police actually found the wrong accommodation, reports the Dauphiné Libéré . They were looking for the neighbor of this resident of Échirolles (Isère).

“I was sleeping when I heard an explosion. […] I found myself with torches and guns pointed at me”, the 38-year-old man told our colleagues. Handcuffed, face down, he was roughly apprehended, even though he suffers from asthma and heart problems. The police realized their mistake when the real suspect came out of the apartment next door. The officers then released the father and apologized.

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Measures to repair the damage

But the damage was done. The Isérois and his family remain marked by the event. “What I don’t understand is that they immediately recognized my neighbor as the suspect they were looking for. Why didn’t they, conversely, recognize me as not being that person? You can have the wrong door, but not the wrong face”he assures. “My dignity was knocked to the ground in front of my children”continues the thirty-year-old who is not satisfied with the police’s excuses.

For their part, the police assure that measures have been taken to repair the material and psychological damage caused by this arrest. “This is a mistake which is obviously not desirable but which can happen on very rare occasions. The least we can do is apologize and do everything we can to repair the damage.”explained the head of SIPJ 38 (interdepartmental judicial police service) to our colleagues.

To find out more: read the article Dauphiné Libéré .

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