An unidentified Muslim mother said police handcuffed and forced her four children, ages 15 to 21, on the ground outside of their home in Birmingham, England, on April 10 (video below).
Cellphone footage shows the police leading the young people out of the home, making the youngsters lie on the ground while pointing guns at them, RT notes.
The 37-year-old mother said her children were "treated like animals" by West Midlands Police, and that she plans to file a lawsuit.
The cops showed up because of reports of a man with a gun, which turned out to be not true.
The mom recalled the incident to the Daily Mail:
I have no idea what happened, why it happened, or anything like that. I left the house just before 12 yesterday afternoon to go and pay some bills down the road, and left my children in the house as they're on holidays.
When I was coming back I saw a police van just over the bridge, at the end of my road. My first thought was that they must have been doing surveillance or that something had happened down my road, as they've been down here a lot in recent weeks.
Then armed police officers started to approach me and ask me questions about where I live and what I had in the house. I thought it must have been a joke or prank or something like that. But then they started to grab me by the wrist and try and drag me towards the van, which was when I realized that it was serious.
They wanted me to search me, but that's against my faith. I'm a practicing Muslim, and I wasn't willing to be touched and searched by a male police officer, so we had to wait for a female officer to come and do it. They found nothing, of course. What one earth would me or my kids have on us? We'd done absolutely nothing wrong, we're completely innocent people who just keep ourselves to ourselves.
While that was happening armed police officers started standing outside my house, with the guns pointing straight at it. They also climbed through my neighbors' fence to get into my back garden and broke the top of it. There [were] four or five officers with me, and then some others with my children, I don't know how many.
My kids were terrified. They opened the door to ask the officers what the hell was happening, and it was at that point that the police came into the house and started to line them up on the street. I was put in a police riot van while they were searching the house and my kids. They [my children] were sleeping in their beds and still in their pajamas. It's school holidays and they were having a lie in.
They are angry and frustrated that they were taken from their beds and made to lie down in the street with their hands cuffed behind their backs and machine guns to their heads. I didn't see it because I was down the road but I've seen the pictures all over the internet. It's shocking.
[The police] ransacked [my home], completely ransacked it. It was a mess when I got back home. Stuff was all over the place, and I spent a lot of the afternoon clearing it up. I wasn't aware of what they were doing to my children when I was in the van. I saw the video in the evening, and was just stunned. They are at the house by themselves, and police have started to point guns at them when they've done nothing wrong.
The officers were just saying to me that they were looking for a firearm in the house. The whole thing lasted about 40 minutes or so ... They just let me back into the house at the end of it, along with my children who were utterly terrified. They've given me absolutely no explanation whatsoever.
No apology, no explanation at all. It's disgraceful. When they were finished they just told me to get back in the house. My kids didn't get any explanation either, so they're just as confused as I am. I do feel very mistreated. There's nothing in the house that could possibly look like a gun or anything dangerous, and that's why it was such a short search, I believe. But what happened to my children was shameful. They were treated like animals.
When I saw her after the search, my 18-year-old daughter was completely pale, she was so scared and understandably so. I'm devastated that I wasn't there with them as they were being searched, so that I could calm them down a bit. I've heard that they came because of a tip off. I have no reason to believe that it was a malicious one in any way shape or form.
I've been living here for 16 years now, so it's not like I've newly arrived and people some reason to be suspicious of me. It could have something to do with my religion. I do experience discrimination, rude comments when I'm walking down the street and that sort of thing. I was wearing my hijab and a long black dress when it happened, so I think that might have had something to do with it. I wouldn't be surprised.
Nothing like this has ever happened before, but it does me scared about what could happen in the future. I'm seeking legal advice and planning to take legal action against the police over the way the way they treated my children. They should be enjoying the holidays and now they're having to get over this. They are very shaken and they need me to help comfort them.
The West Midlands Police released a brief statement to tell its side of the story:
Police were called to reports of a man believed to be carrying firearms in Pretoria Road, Bordesley Green, at around 10.50 a.m. Officers and the police helicopter attended the scene but despite a thorough search no firearms were recovered and no arrests were made. Appears that a call was made with good intent.