Two officers with the Clinton Public Safety Department have been disciplined after body camera video shows the officers kicking down a suspect’s door without a warrant.
Officer’s were first called to 304 Musgrove Street on June 15th after Tyrone Neal made a 911 call saying “I have a child,” and then hung up. 3 Officers responded, and Neal finally allowed the officers in to inspect to see if the child was okay.
Once determining the child was fine, Officers left with a message that if Tyrone misused 911 again, they would arrest him.WATCH RAW BODY CAM VIDEO (WARNING STRONG LANGUAGE)
Two officers then sat across the street from Neal’s home and say that he was playing profane music loudly on his front porch. You can hear the officer’s ask each other “Are you about that life?” and then run across the street screaming that Neal was under arrest. Neal went from his porch to inside his home. Officers then kicked down the door and went inside, arresting Neal in front of his children.
Neal was cited for a noise ordinance violation, and arrested for resisting arrest and endangering his child during that arrest.
The officers noted in their incident report that the reason they kicked down Neal’s door without a warrant was “Hot Pursuit.” Hot Pursuit is protected under federal law, allowing officers to act quickly without a warrant if they are fearful a suspect would destroy evidence or someone’s life is in danger. In this case they were only investigating a noise ordinance.
Neal’s charges have now been dropped and the officers were disciplined. The extent of that discipline was not disclosed because it’s a personnel matter.
Chief Robin Morse says they will use this video for training purposes.