88-Year-Old Woman Defends Home from Cops Who Went to Wrong House, So She Was Assaulted & Arrested
Police in Massachusetts mistakenly attempted to barge into the wrong home Thursday afternoon. During their blunder, police offended the homeowner, 88-year-old Phyllis Stankiewicz.
Police were responding to a report of a disturbance involving someone with a baseball bat at 57 Wilson Street, the address of Stankiewicz’s home. However, the actual disturbance was called in at 57 Memorial Drive, a block away from Wilson.
According to the police report, when Stankiewicz opened the door she was holding a knife in an apparent attempt to defend her home from the would-be intruders.
Police said Stankiewicz was holding the knife at “waist level” and that she appeared “angry and confused.” She was yelling, “There’s no crime here! Get out of my house!” according to a police report.
Police say they grabbed the knife away from the woman and tried to push her away, and that is when she slapped one of them. Her actions prompted the police to arrest her; however, she then resisted arrest. Police allegedly threw the woman to the ground and hauled her off to jail.
According to the Berkshire Eagle, Stankiewicz was released after being booked, and ordered to appear in court for her arraignment on Friday.
She pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court to one count of assault and battery on a police officer.
Most people may say that Stankiewicz should not have conducted herself in such a manner if she did not want to end up in jail. However, up until the point police initiated contact with her, she had committed no crime.
Remove the incompetent officers from the scenario and Stankiewicz would still be happily in her home and would not be facing criminal charges.
In the state of Indiana, there are laws on the books that would have protected Stankiewicz as she defended her home from the officers.
Indiana has taken action to “recognize the unique character of a citizen’s home and to ensure that a citizen feels secure in his or her own home against unlawful intrusion by another individual or a public servant.”
Because these officers went to the wrong address, it could be argued that their intrusion into Stankiewicz’s home was unlawful. However, as police will seldomly admit to their incompetent actions and the resultant negative effects, Phyllis Stankiewicz could face jail time.
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