Mt. Vernon couple accuses NYPD of raiding home

A Mount Vernon couple says two men kicked in their door, threw one of them to the ground and ransacked their home. Geneva Smith says she was home alone when two men in street clothes identified themselves

News 12 Staff

Sep 24, 2015, 1:53 AM

Updated 3,187 days ago

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A Mount Vernon couple says two men kicked in their door, threw one of them to the ground and ransacked their home.
Geneva Smith says she was home alone when two men in street clothes identified themselves as NYPD detectives and forced their way inside.
They never showed a badge or a warrant, she says.
She and her husband are teaming up with civil rights attorney Jared Rice, who has taken up the case.
A month earlier, a bystander was shot and killed by an undercover NYPD officer who was shooting at an armed robbery suspect in an undercover sting gone awry.
Mount Vernon City Council President Marcus Griffith is demanding a face-to-face meeting with New York City leaders to discuss the issues.
Griffith says that Mount Vernon police were not notified by their New York counterparts of the raid on the Smiths' home.
"When Mount Vernon police arrived on scene, they didn't know if there were perps there or police," Griffith says, using police shorthand for perpetrators or suspects. "So one of the New York City detectives could have been shot."
The Smiths say they don't feel safe in Mount Vernon and will move back to their hometown in South Carolina.
The NYPD confirmed that it did execute an arrest warrant at the Smiths' home, but says officers did not find the person they were looking for.


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