A Louisiana family is looking an attorney after police reportedly raided their house without a warrant and left a husband, a wife, their two sons, and a girlfriend of one of their sons handcuffed in the back of police cruisers for almost an hour.
"We don't even feel safe in our house from law enforcement," Nancy Landry of Jeanerette told KATC.
Landry said her family members were sleeping on the morning of Oct. 18, when they were awoken by the sound of voices and the sight of flashing lights. When Nancy's husband, Scott, opened the door, he says he was greeted by Jeanerette police who had their guns drawn.
Nancy said she and Scott were then placed in handcuffs and put in the back of a police cruiser while the officers reportedly kicked in a bedroom door to get the Landrys' two sons and one of their girlfriends.
"At first I thought we were getting robbed, then I saw it was cops," Erin Broussard, the girlfriend of one of the boys, said. "I didn't know what was going on."
Broussard and the two Landry boys were reportedly handcuffed and placed into police cruisers.
Nancy said she and her family members were left in the cruisers for about 45 minutes while her neighbors came out to watch and tell the officers they had the wrong people. The police allegedly did not tell the family what was going on.
It wasn't until later that Nancy learned a stolen car involved in a robbery was left unattended and running in front of their home.
"Whoever did it got away, because [the police] were wasting their time over here with innocent people, and they knew they were innocent," Nancy said.
Jeanerette Marshal Fernest Martin told KATC the police raid was appropriate, and while he understands the family's concerns, he would not have done anything differently.
Martin went on to say his concern is with finding the person who robbed a local Family Dollar store and with the safety of his officers, adding that he would react the same way if it had been the Landrys who needed assistance.
Martin alleges the family members were not dragged out of their home.
Nancy said Jeanerette police have yet to contact her family about the incident.