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The District police department policy on forcible entry caused a "deadly delay" as officers waited for a supervisor outside an apartment while a mother and her two young sons were being stabbed to death inside, according to a lawsuit filed by the woman's family.
The District legal team has not contested the facts in the case, many of which were pulled from official police documents. But the city has sought to have it thrown out of court on legal grounds.
"In general, officers should seek the approval of an official prior to making any forcible entry," police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump told The Washington Examiner .
And what was happening while they sought approval?
"The caller, who was obviously a child, could be heard screaming for several seconds directly into the phone before becoming silent," the lawsuit states. "After which, a man's voice could be heard saying, 'I told y'all to quit [expletive] with me.' " The 911 operator tried to get someone to speak into the phone and can be repeatedly heard saying "Hello," but no one answered, documents said.
When police arrived at the apartment they could hear a voice saying "No, stop," from just beyond the door, police records say. An officer spoke to the 911 dispatcher, who advised that the caller was "a child screaming on the phone, possibly playing."
The first to arrive was a sergeant, who waited 45 minutes for a captain to arrive and approve the forced entry, police records show. It took another five minutes for the fire department to arrive and a few more minutes for firefighters to bust down the apartment's barricaded steel door.
Inside, they found the family already murdered. Mays was in the bathroom with minor self-inflicted wounds.
Just go read it. I can't type much, and I don't need to be beating on keys the way I will if I continue.