LEAVENWORTH, Kan. – A trailer violation lead police to enter a home leaving a Leavenworth family upset after they say the incident scared their child.
Robert Ennest wants to know how a call for an illegally parked trailer turned into Leavenworth police drawing firearms and letting themselves in a house when the owners were not there.
Ennest said his 12-year-old daughter was the only one home. They believe she was outside with neighbors when police were scoping out the property.
“It’s traumatizing that my little girl’s home and I’m not there,” Ennest said. “Now she’s scared. She called me crying.”
Police said the officers’ intentions were good. They said officers knocked on the door and the door opened.
Ring Doorbell Footage suggests a different story. In the video, you can hear a doorknob twist and the officer knock.
Earlier that morning, video footage shows the family doubled checked to make sure that door was shut tight.
After failing to get in touch with the owners, police said the officers made a judgment call and went inside the house to see if someone was hurt.
Ennest said that decision put his daughter in distress.
“It made me angry because I support the police and they’re here to help, but there’s no reason to enter into somebody’s residence with their weapons drawn for no reason,” Ennest said.
Police said it’s protocol to have their weapons out while searching a home or business.
Ennest said officers also tracked mud throughout the house — on carpets, clean laundry and bedding.
His family spent the whole night sanitizing. their home because their son, who is fighting cancer, can’t afford to get sick.
“His immune system is not up for that,” Ennest said.
Let’s see: reckless endangerment, trespassing and assault with a deadly weapon. That should about cover it.
Well, you’re not in Kansas any more, Dorothy. Maybe from now on you won’t be so quick to “support the police” and believe “they’re here to help.” The .gov is never there to help you. That isn’t their mission.