Man says police officer threatened to kill his dogs

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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100 comments

  • 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:
    816-513-3500.

    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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  • John

    It’s routine for cops to threaten people like that because they don’t have probably cause to get a warrant. The only way they can legally search the house without probable cause (barring an emergency) is to get the man’s permission. The guy would not giver permission, as is his right, so the cops attempted to coerce him with with lies and threats.

  • Kev Ro

    Chris.
    Many police officers are outright sociopaths. If they don’t get their way now they throw a temper tantrum in the form of threats or even violent acts. I love the internet and cell phones, its a lot harder to cover up these crimes against the people these days. Can’t wait for google glass to take off.

  • Thomas Rice

    He should have said go get a warrant,

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized

  • Fuller Malarkey

    It’s called coercion. Police are trained to lie and use whatever is at their disposal to get what they want. The most typical threat is “We’re taking your kids”. Now there’s a sure fire way to get a mother with 68 bucks to her name to comply.

    Remember, ACAB.

  • agrippamom

    Really? You can’t believe they said that? Are you so insulated that you haven’t been paying attention at all? They shoot your dogs for merely BARKING OR GROWLING at them while they’re on leashes, tethered, 20 feet away, on the porch, in a cage, in their backyard on the OTHER side of the fence, running away— need I go on? They do it in front of kids, in crowds of children, and sometimes a child is forced to lie on the floor handcuffed and watch his / her dog be gunned down and then slowly die while bleeding to death and suffering over a 2 hour period. Are these the people you don’t think would say that? Wake up: this happens almost every single day in this country. Thank the militarization of the police for this one. The overreaction of the so-called Patriot Act and hiring way too many vets who act more like thugs, along with an us vs. them mentality and ‘neutralize the threat’, when ‘neutralize’ means ‘kill the family dog’ and there you have it. They aren’t the cops I grew up with and knew: they’re a bloody nightmare, and the sooner you and everyone else wakes up to this, the sooner something can be done about it.

  • Jordan

    I can understand your disbelief. I’m a traffic signal tech, I work closely with law enforcement. I hear conversations that aren’t meant for public ears. In my experience 2 out of 5 cops are nothing more than thugs with badges. I hear them talk about deliberate brutality and unfair intimidation tactics. Some officers are good people trying to make a difference, while others are almost untouchable psychos……..

  • Raine Carr

    Evidently you don’t know about all the attacks on the 4th Amendment…. NDAA, Patriot’s Act, long address raids, and the long history of police getting away with shooting dogs by claiming “it charged me”. One thing that the police are not accustomed to dealing with is the fact that people are willing to stand up and call them out on what is not right, and recording them.

  • Alan

    They did it because he wasn’t doing what he was told. Haven’t you been paying attention? The US is well on it’s way to being a police state. If you don’t do what you’re told in a police state, they hurt you. And they keep on hurting you until you’re either dead or you stop acting like you still have rights and just do what you’re told.

  • Sherry Jones

    Probably because the cops figured they didn’t have enough probable cause to get a judge to sign off on a warrant. Or, if they really believed the people they were looking for were in the house, by the time they got a warrant the people would be gone. Either way though, threatening his dogs like that…… I know if someone threatened my dogs like that I’d go ballistic

  • George

    You obviously have no idea of corruption or a corrupt Police Force. I live in a small town and if the Police think you are a threat to their corrupt monopoly they will and attempt to do whatever they can to harass you or worse. Many times they use their little drug addled snitches. They stand around the convenience stores getting info from snitches and oversee the drug sales. They know who uses, buys, and especially sells drugs within the town. They abuse every oath they have ever taken to uphold the law. You are lucky that you are unaware of how many Police Officers who see their jobs as power trips can be. I totally believe this man because I have experienced it on a smaller level but have seen it happening around where I live all of the time.

  • Sharon Cooper

    Because that’s the way cops behave these days. Officer Friendly no longer exists or is a dying breed.

    Don’t believe me? Google ‘dogs shot by police’, etc, or better yet, look at the facebook page devoted to the subject. Cops have become militarized: shooting your dogs is often the FIRST thing they do, even if the dog is a Chihuahua and is shot in the back while running away.

  • 6.

    And we can tell that you are intelligent by your razor wit… your superlative use of sarcasm illustrates that in spades. I especially like the bit where you used a false premise to compare the above’s personally passionate disapproval of currently applied policies within our constabulary to innocent, or at least undeserving victims, that may seem rather indiscriminate and perhaps brutal; with a lack of intelligence on their part in the comment in question. That is deep sarcasm at it’s finest. You strike me as the sort to see the brilliance that is mocking those we perceive as inferior to ourselves, due to our inflated egos and over-inflated sense of self-worth. Well played! After all, it would take a true idiot to believe your satire were genuine.

    “For no one with true intelligence would mock those with less.” -Churchill

    Or am I mistaken?

  • Teri Lynn Davis

    there was a time when children knew the police were there to protect and serve, and if there was trouble, the police were your FRIEND. Sadly, this is no longer the case. They are devolving into jack-booted thugs, and even as an older white-haired lady, I have second thoughts about “safety” and “police” used in the same sentence… Don’t you love the weaponry the feds handed down to the state and local level for their use? I sure don’t.

  • shovelDriver

    If you read it again, what is says is that an ex-cop says those threats are not illegal. Do you actually expect an ex-cop to (1_) know what the law is and (2) be capable of standing up against the Blue Wall of Silence to point out that cops are criminals?

  • submoa

    Not where I’m from – if they make a threat about coming back and battering down doors, killing dogs etc, they know most of us won’t be home when they return. We’ll be at their house.

  • daveugber

    you, 6., are mistaken…primarily because use flashed a BUNCH of fancy words around, but never really said much…grammatically-speaking, your rant was acceptable, but the message was muddled in undefined pronouns and baseless descriptions of the observations made…i would suggest that you redefine your argument using specific examples and more proper nouns…

    the police in question should be put behind a desk or fired…

    we are – as a society – at the tipping-point, where we will either have a renaissance of liberties or a revolution. The current psych-profile tests given to prospective police winnow-out people with consciences. Read the questions on those tests. They specifically put contrary questions to try and filter liars, cheats and crooks, but at the same time, are actually forcing anyone who takes them to lie which makes the testee a cheat and a crook…there is no possible way to ‘pass’ one of these pshyc tests without either being a borderline sociopath and dishonest, which has led to (after a generation) a police force full of young posers who are less-intelligent, lacking in empathy and more-easily corrupted…

  • Terry Roberts

    I bet if you check it out that a lot of cops were trained in the military and carried on that endeavor after they discharged. It’s the only thing they know and some of the things they were trained for and allowed to do in the military they carry on in civilian work.