Handcuffed and Humiliated: North Carolina homeowner detained in own home after false alarm

Handcuffed and Humiliated: North Carolina homeowner detained in own home after false alarm


SOLEDAD: I’M SOLEDAD O’BRIEN. WELCOME TO “MATTER OF FACT
WE WANTED TO EXAMINE A CASE OUT
OF RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA,
WHERE A POLICE OFFICER DREW A
GUN AND CUFFED A MAN INSIDE HIS
OWN HOME AFTER A BURGLAR ALARM WENT OFF. HERE’S SOME VIDEO FROM KAZEEM
OYENEYIN’S HOME SECURITY CAMERA.>>PUT YOUR HAND BEHIND YOUR
BACK AND GET DOWN ON YOUR KNEES.>>FOR WHAT? I JUST TALKED TO THE ALARM
PEOPLE. SOLEDAD: BACKUP ARRIVES AND
POLICE TAKE OYENEYIN OUTSIDE IN
HIS UNDERWEAR. ABOUT 8 MINUTES AFTER BEING
TAKEN OUTSIDE, POLICE CONFIRM
HIS IDENTITY.>>THIS IS THE HOMEOWNER. SOLEDAD: DO HOMEOWNERS HAVE
RIGHTS IN THEIR HOMES? THIS VIDEO HAS BEEN VIEWED MORE
THAN 200,000 TIMES ON SOCIAL
MEDIA AND DREW A LOT OF
RESPONSES. SOME PEOPLE THOUGHT HIS RIGHTS
HAD BEEN VIOLATED. OTHERS SAID, WHAT’S THE BIG
DEAL, HE WASN’T KILLED. KAZEEM OYENEYIN JOINS US WITH
HIS LAWYER DESMOND ANDRANDE. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. KAZEEM, START AT THE VERY
BEGINNING FOR ME. YOUR FRIEND TRIPPED YOUR ALARM. KAZEEM: YES, MA’AM. SOLEDAD: AND WHAT HAPPENED? KAZEEM: I WAS ASLEEP, SO I
DIDN’T HEAR IT BEEPING. AFTER THE 60 SECONDS, THE ALARM
GOES OFF. DOO DOO DOO DOO DOO LIKE A SIREN
AND THAT’S WHAT WOKE ME UP. SOON AS OUR ALARM WENT OFF, I
WENT DOWNSTAIRS, I DISENGAGED
IT, AND I WENT BACK UPSTAIRS AND
I LAID DOWN. 20 MINUTES LATER I JUST HEAR
SOMEBODY SCREAMING, YELLING. SO I GRABBED MY FIREARM, I GO
DOWNSTAIRS. SOLEDAD: WHAT DID YOU THINK WAS
HAPPENING AT THAT POINT? DID YOU REALIZE THAT IT WAS IN
FACT THE POLICE HAD COME TO YOUR
DOOR? KAZEEM: WELL, I DIDN’T REALIZE
IN FACT THAT IT WAS THE POLICE. I JUST KNEW SOMEONE WHO WAS
— SOMEONE WAS INSIDE. I FIGURED IT COULD POSSIBLY BE
SOMEBODY TRYING TO ROB ME OR THE
POLICE. SO ONCE I TURNED THE CORNER
COMING DOWN THE STEPS, I SAW THE
UNIFORM. I SAY, HEY, I HAVE A FIREARM IN
MY HAND. AND HE SAYS, OH, YOU HAVE A
FIREARM. HE SAYS, DROP THE GUN, AND DROP
IT. HE ASKS ME TO COME OUTSIDE. AND GET ON MY KNEES AND I’M LIKE
I’M NOT COMING OUTSIDE. LIKE THE WHOLE NEIGHBORHOOD. YOU KNOW, LIKE, ALL MY NEIGHBO
ARE GOING TO SEE ME. HE’S LIKE, TURN AROUND AND GET
ON YOUR KNEES AND PUT YOUR HANDS
UP AND FACE AWAY FROM ME. SOLEDAD: WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH
YOUR MIND WHEN THE OFFICER TOLD
YOU TO GET ON YOUR KNEES AND
TOLD YOU MULTIPLE TIMES TO TUR
YOUR FACE AWAY FROM HIM? KAZEEM: I WAS FEELING LIKE THEY
WAS GONNA SHOOT ME. I FELT LIKE WHY WOULD YOU WANT
ME TO TURN AWAY FROM ME AND GET
ON MY KNEES. I WANT TO SEE WHAT’S GOING ON
BECAUSE I’M SCARED AT THIS
POINT. YOU GOT YOUR GUN POINTED AT ME
AND I HAVE ON JUST MY UNDERWEAR
AND A CELL PHONE IN MY HAND. SOLEDAD: IS IT REASONABLE TO
THINK THAT A POLICE OFFICER
WOULD COME TO YOUR HOUSE IF AN
ALARM GOES OFF — A BURGLAR
ALARM GOES OFF? KAZEEM: YES, MA’AM. THAT’S REASONABLE. I HAVE HAD FALSE ALARMS BEFORE,
LIKE FIVE TO BE EXACT. OFFICERS COME TO THE HOUSE ASK
FOR ID, WRITE MY NAME DOWN, AND
THEY LEAVE. BUT MY PROBLEM IS WHY WASN’T I
IDENTIFIED? WHY DIDN’T WE TALK TO OUR ALARM
PEOPLE? WHY DIDN’T YOU LET ME GO GET MY
ID? WHY DIDN’T I GO GET SOME MAIL
WITH MY NAME ON IT? WHY DOES IT HAVE TO RESULT IN ME
GOING OUTSIDE NAKED IN FRONT OF
EVERYBODY AND Y’ALL SEARCHING MY
HOME, GOING THROUGH CLOSETS AND
EVERYTHING LIKE THAT? IT JUST DIDN’T MAKE SENSE TO ME. SOLEDAD: WHAT PART WAS THE WORST
FOR YO
KAZEEM: THE WORST PART ONE, WAS
BEING TAKEN OUTSIDE IN CUFFS OR
WALKING ME THREE TO FOUR HOUSES
DOWN AND LEAVING ME IN THE BACK SEAT OF THAT CAR NAKED WITH NO
SHOES AND THEY COULD HAVE THE
DECENCY TO AT LEAST LET ME G
PUT ON SOME PANTS. SOLEDAD: WHAT HAPPENS LEGALLY
NOW? WHY WAS HE WALKED OUT OF HIS
HOME AND STUCK IN A POLICE CAR
WHEN IDENTIFYING HIM AS A
HOMEOWNER WOULD HAVE BEEN PRETTY
STRAIGHTFORWARD? DESMOND: FROM MY REVIEW OF THE
VIDEO FOOTAGE, FROM SPEAKING TO
MY CLIENT FURTHER, THERE IS
ABSOLUTELY NO REASON IT SHOULD
HAVE LED TO THAT POINT. HOUSE ALARMS ARE TRIGGERED
FALSELY ON A REGULAR BASIS. THERE WAS CERTAINLY NO REASON
FOR THE OFFICER TO ENTER HIS
HOME AND THAT’S SOMETHING THAT
WE’RE INVESTIGATING AS WELL. WHY WAS THE DOORWAY OF HIS HOME
ENTERED IN THE FIRST PLACE? THE HOME IS WHERE WE ARE
SUPPOSED TO HAVE THE LARGEST
AMOUNT OF PROTECTION PURSUANT TO
THE CONSTITUTION. YOU CANNOT ENTER INTO A PERSON’S
HOME WITHOUT A WARRANT THAT
— THAT’S SUPPORTED BY PROBABLE
CAUSE. SOLEDAD: ISN’T THERE PROBABLE
CAUSE THAT THERE MIGHT BE A
ROBBERY HAPPENING IF AN ALARM IS
GOING OFF AND THE POLICE SEE THE
DOOR SOMEWHAT AJAR? DESMOND: THAT’S A QUESTION THAT
WE’RE GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF. THE DOOR WAS NOT AJAR. THE DOOR WAS CLOSED. WE HAVE EVIDENCE, WE HAVE OTHER
WITNESSES TO CORROBORATE THAT. WE CERTAINLY HOPE THAT THE
RALEIGH POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL
BE FORTHCOMING IN THEIR POLICE
CAMERA FOOTAGE, BODY CAMERAS
THAT WILL SHOW THE DOOR WAS
CLOSED. SOLEDAD: THE RALEIGH POLICE SAY
THE ALARM COMPANY DIDN’T ALERT
US TO THE FACT THAT IT WAS A
FALSE ALARM. DESMOND: THAT’S CERTAINLY A PART
OF OUR INVESTIGATION AS WELL. THE STEPS THAT THE ALARM COMPANY
TOOK ONCE KAZEEM DEACTIVATED THE
ALARM. THAT’S CERTAINLY TROUBLING FOR
US AS WELL AND WE’RE EXPLORING
AND TRYING TO GET MORE
INFORMATION IN THAT REGARD ALSO. SOLEDAD: PEOPLE SAID TO ME WHEN
I TOLD THEM WE WERE DOING A
STORY, LIKE WHY, HE DIDN’T GET
KILLED. IT DOESN’T EVEN MEET THE BAR
DOING A STORY ON TELEVISION. DESMOND: THAT’S WHAT WE ARE. THAT’S WHERE WE ARE TODAY IN THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE’VE SEEN VIDEOS WHERE PERSONS
WERE ANGRY AND THEY HAD THE
RIGHT TO BE AND I CERTAINLY
SUBMIT THAT KAZEEM DURING THAT
INCIDENT HAD A RIGHT TO BE
ANGRY. BUT I’M GLAD THAT HE WAS ABLE TO
KEEP A LEVEL HEAD THROUGH THAT
ANGER AND COMPLY AND THAT ALLOWS
US TO BE HERE WITH YOU TODAY
BECAUSE IT CERTAINLY COULD HAVE
BEEN A MUCH MORE TRAGIC ENDING. BUT WE DON’T NEED THAT TO BE
ABLE TO SAY, HEY, WHAT’S GOING
ON AND TO BE ABLE TO HOLD THE
POLICE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTABLE
BECAUSE THEY SHOULD HAVE NEVER
GOT TO THAT POINT. SOLE

5 Replies to “Handcuffed and Humiliated: North Carolina homeowner detained in own home after false alarm”

  1. Keep raising the alarm Solidad!!!!! Thank you dear sister!!!!! ……..and NEVER an apology, that would be an admission of guilt for improper procedure, sad sad SAD! PEACE family.

  2. "I'm not com'n outside"…. right there and you don't understand why you're being difficult to the police?
    "like he (cop) was going to shoot me"…. B.S. B.S. B.S. B.S. B.S. B.S. You just wanted to be difficult.
    "There was no reason it should have led to that point." I agree. OBEY THE POLICE COMMANDS DUMB ASS!

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