Man says police officer threatened to kill his dogs

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City man says he's been terrified since an encounter with police on Monday evening. He says officers came to his home in southeast Kansas City looking for people he'd never heard of and when he refused to let them inside, things turned ugly.

Eric Crinnian, a lawyer,  heard a loud banging at his door Monday night, he was instantly alarmed since a neighbor's house was robbed a few weeks ago, so he grabbed a crow-bar.

Crinnian said three police officers were outside his house.

"I open the door a little bit wider and he sees that I have something in my hand, so he pulls his gun, tells me to put down whatever I've got and then come out with my hands up, so I do," Crinnian said.

They wanted to know where two guys were, and Crinnian later found out police believed they violated parole.

"I said, 'I have no idea who you're talking about I've never heard of these people before,'" he said.

To prove it, he said police asked to search his house, Crinnian refused multiple times.  He said they needed a warrant.

Then he said one police officer started threatening him saying, "If we have to get a warrant, we're going to come back when you're not expecting it, we're going to park in front of your house, where all your neighbors can see, we're gonna bust in your door with a battering ram, we're gonna shoot and kill your dogs, who are my family, and then we're going to ransack your house looking for these people."

"If that's the case and those are the things that were said, I would think those would be inappropriate," said John Hamilton.

John Hamilton is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Park University and former police officer. He said having a warrant is always the best way for police to search a home, and while the threats aren't illegal, they might violate a department policy.

"I just think it's a dangerous way to do policing, because it makes it tenuous when you appear in front of the court in a case like that," Hamilton said.

Crinnian said he's never had a problem with police before in his life, and he still has a great amount of respect for the Kansas City, Mo. Police Department.  However, he also said he wants the situation investigated, so he filed an Office of Community Complaints Report.

A spokesman for the Kansas City, Mo. Police Department says he can't discuss ongoing OCC reports and they are investigated internally.

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  • shovelDriver

    Not illegal for a cop to make threats under Color of Law? Not illegal for a cop – or anyone – to threaten to bust down doors, to kill animals, destroy property, etc, just because someone dares to assert rights?

    People may want to question this attorney’s qualifications. Why, even the FBI, on its’ website, publicizes that “it’s a federal crime for anyone acting under “color of law” willfully to deprive or conspire to deprive a person of a right protected by the Constitution or U.S. law. “Color of law” simply means that the person is using authority given to him or her by a local, state, or federal government agency.”

    Got that?

    It is a federal crime.

    Now, when will we see a report that the local police chief, or the Sheriff, and the FBI, and the District Attorney, local and federal, are all anxiously piling up in the court to put a stop to the egregious abuse by cops?

  • John Smith

    Yep. Your typical rogue cops that make all the other cops look bad. They should be fired and the pensions dissolved.

    Basically the cop said… basically… I am the law, obey me, I have authority. if you don’t respect my authority and do what is told of you – there will be repercussions.

    This kind of behavior in my opinion is unacceptable. The cops should have done their job and got a warrant before they arrived and if they have no probable cause then they should respect his 4th amendment rights – just as they would want someone respecting their rights as well.

    Back in the day there was respect between police and the populace for which they served. More and more in today’s time we have an ever escalating militarization of our police and total disconnect between their attitudes and the services required of them.

  • ResponsibleGunowner

    Armed criminals with badges are no different than armed criminals without badges. If these so-called Officers Of The Law tried entering my house without a warrant while brandishing deadly weapons and threatening lethal force against me and my loved ones, they would meet with appropriate counter-force.

  • Bert

    Holy, sheat.

    Is this what passes for “police” today? Nut jobs?

    You know, every decent cop, should get together and run these clowns out of the service. Else, they will just be labelled losers too. The only way for them to avoid this is to clean their own ranks. But that would take guts. See the problem?

  • Richard Whitmire

    These cops should be fired, possibly sued and “Blacklisted” in the local paper as “Ex Rogue Cops” or worse……. It’s because of these few that makes those in the force that are doing there jobs and not overstepping their boundaries appear to be just as corrupt as those that are.

  • Michele Smith

    This was nothing more than a pissed off cop who was having a tantrum. Most people dont say no .. they are too afraid to. Id be hiring a lawyer and suing them.His behavior was inappropriate and unbecoming of an officer He needs to be suspended from the force

  • Allan

    Call the mayor’s office and tell them how you feel about this:

    And the governor: (573) 751-3222

    Tell them how you feel about the Kansas City police department investigating itself against allegations of threats and coercion because someone dared to know his constitutional rights.

    Tell them how you feel about living in a police state with no accountability, where the police can threaten your home and family with no consequences.

  • JenR

    For those of you still under the misimpression that law enforcement is there to serve and protect, review the hundreds of thousands of news reports since 2001 about jackbooted badge-wearing psychopathic thugs killing, in the throes of bloodlust, old people, homeless, mentally ill, children, and of course dogs. If after that you still have the rainbows and butterflies trust in LEO then you might want to visit a few survivors of Europe in the late 1930s to educate yourself as to what the future holds for Americans.

  • FreeOregon

    To change police behavior, disarm the police. One result is you will attract peace officers to the profession, people who know how or want too learn how to persuade without threats of violence. A second result is that the thugs previously recruited will find the profession less satisfying, since most of them have no courage without a weapon.

  • gindjurra

    On the contrary, the threats not only ARE illegal, they are felonies.

    Federal law (18USC242) makes it a misdemeanor level crime to violate someone’s constitutional rights (such as the right to refuse a warrantless search) under color of law. Making threats of the use of a dangerous weapon escalates this to a felony level offense.

    There’s a related federal law as well, 18USC241, that makes a conspiracy (by, say, three police officers) against rights even without threats of violence a felony for all the officers involved.

    Threatening to destroy property and abuse family members if the victim exercises his constitutional rights is illegal pure and simple.

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