On Tuesday, Opposing Views told you about the Florida woman whose home was raided by the Department of Homeland Security. Now, pictures of the damage done by the SWAT team who entered her home provide some insight into just how extreme the failed raid was.
Kari Edwards claims that she and her boyfriend were at their home early in the morning on June 10, when a SWAT team and agents with DHS busted down the door and used flashbangs to get the two to cooperate.
“[Officers] demanded that I drop the towel I was covering my naked body with before snatching it off of me physically and throwing me to the ground,” said Edwards. “I requested to see ID, and the agent pointed at his uniform that read POLICE and said, 'Isn't this ID enough for you?’ I know I saw ‘ICE’ on one shirt, and my boyfriend saw ‘Gang Task Force’ on another. Someone’s just said, ‘Special Agent.’ While I lay naked [on the ground] I was cuffed so tightly I could not feel my hands – for no reason, at gunpoint. [Agents] refused to cover me, no matter how many times I asked.”
Following the incident, Edwards, herself a former Department of Homeland Security employee, uploaded surveillance footage to YouTube in an effort to shed some light on the situation. She explained that the video is short because officers turned the surveillance cameras against the wall so that they couldn’t be recorded.
The couple was given a warrant that allowed the officers and agents to search for computers and other electronics, but Edwards claims that she has no idea why. Her attempts to find out the reasons behind the raid have been unsuccessful.
Now, shocking pictures have been released showing damage done to Edwards’ home by the SWAT team and DHS agents. The photos show burn marks on the ground caused by the flashbang grenades, a busted door, the glass shower door smashed, and belongings thrown around the home.
“They busted in like I was a terrorist or something,” said Edwards.
Edwards says that she has filed complaints at the highest levels but has so far received very little help.