“It was scary as hell”: Kids terrified as cops storm Gold Coast home by mistake but they could not care less.
This is what happens when the Oxley Police Academy trains recruits to regard the public, whom they are supposed to serve, as “the enemy”
January 9, 2016 1:45 am
FIRST ON MYGC: A Gold Coast mother-of-two says her children were too traumatised to sleep last night after half-a-dozen police burst into their home and detained their father by mistake.
Kristy Stewart told myGC a squad of officers stormed her Coombabah home along The Esplanade at around 9.30pm on Friday after allegedly mistaking her address for another in the street.
Mrs Stewart, 35, says her two children, aged 10 and eight, were shaking in terror as they watched police order her out of the house and rush inside to detain their innocent father.
“My husband was out on the back patio with the kids and I was in the kitchen when I looked outside and seen an officer approach the front patio,” Mrs Stewart recalled.
“I opened the front door and five or six police officers and two police dogs started coming from the front.
“They yelled ‘step out from the door and put your hands to the front’.
“I stepped to the side and they yelled at me to stay put.
“I kept repeating that they had made a mistake, that we have done nothing wrong (but) they wouldn’t listen.”
Mrs Steward told myGC the officers then raced inside her home and detained her 32-year-old husband in front of her 10-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son.
“My husband walked up the hallway as he could hear the commotion and was grabbed by both hands by an officer and (the police) said, ‘we know who you are, you’ve done something very bad’.”
But as it would turn out, the police actually had no idea whose home they were in.
“My husband kept saying that he hadn’t done anything and my daughter was pleading with them that we were not doing anything wrong.
“Finally they asked for our address which obviously didn’t correlate with the address they were suppose to attend.”
Mrs Stewart told myGC the officers “bowed their heads”, some with “embarrassing smirks on their face”, as they walked back out of the house and regrouped on the front lawn.
“The police were discussing how to get to the other address which is when I helped them out by giving them directions,” she said.
“It is extremely embarrassing for the Queensland Police Service, considering they are equipped with GPS.”
“It certainly shook us up. My kids and husband were so scared. It was scary as hell.”
Mrs Stewart said one officer yelled from the window of his patrol car before speeding off, “some excitement for you tonight!”