Friday Sound Off: 911 Call Mistake
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Friday Sound Off Question:
Should police pay for damage they do to someone’s house while responding to a 911 call at that residence?
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This story is in response to a TODAY’S TMJ4 exclusive that aired Wednesday, November 26th.
TODAY’S TMJ4 learned a mother came home with her newborn baby and discovered police had kicked in her back door.
The woman and her husband had no idea who caused the damage. Turns out, it was Milwaukee police that broke down the door after the sheriff’s office got a 911 call from someone’s cell phone.
The caller gave the operator the woman’s address, and then confirmed it when the operator read it back.
Police left a note at the woman’s house, explaining the situation, but the 911 caller gave the wrong address.
The woman now has nearly $2,000 damage to her home.
The woman and her husband filed a claim but got turned down because the 911 call gave police the right to break in and check things out.
They say they plan to appeal the decision.
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