College Students Claim Cops Entered Home, Handcuffed Them Without Cause

| by Michael Allen

Two University of Utah students claim that police officers entered their apartment and handcuffed them without cause.

According to the students, the police entered their Midvale, Utah apartment on March 29 because their front door was open at 3:30 a.m.

“We received a call from a neighbor concerned that this apartment door was wide open,” Lt. Justin Hoyal, of the Unified Police Department, told Fox 13 Now.

“[Three officers] made several loud announcements, saying it was the police, they got no response,” added Lt. Hoyal.

College student Ramiro Aguirre (pictured) countered, “If they did announce themselves, I was dead asleep. When I came to, someone’s pulling me out of bed and to the floor.”

Fellow student Ben Mertlich added, “I just wake up to an officer with a flashlight and Taser.”

The students say they were handcuffed and interrogated, noted WIBW.

However, police defended handcuffing the students who were upset after being woken up and dragged out of their beds.

“The officer was asking the individual in bed to show his hands were he could see him. He brought it out and flipped the officer off,” Lt. Hoyal said.

“Well I’m asleep in my own house at 3 in the morning, I didn’t know it was a cop, I thought it was one of my friends playing a joke,” Aguirre noted.

“We explained the door was open because the latch was broken and [the police officers] didn’t seem to really care,” Mertlich stated.

The police eventually took the cuffs off Aguirre and Mertlich, who are considering legal action.

Sources: WIBW and Fox 13 Now