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SWAT Team Invades Home Without Warrant

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A fight in a Jacksonville neighborhood that Resulted in a SWAT team response has left one of the neighbors angry, upset, and violated. Deborah Franz who lives across the street from the house where the altercation occurred said she, “was forced out of my home for six hours and while I was gone the SWAT team messed with things in my house.”
Soon after Franz overheard the fight at her neighbor’s house the entire neighborhood was overrun with SWAT officers who surrounded the house. One of them ordered Franz to leave her home and forbade her from returning until sometime after 7 p.m., more than 6 hours after the incident occurred. “The cop goes ‘You all need to leave, you can’t be in your house,’” said Franz.
After returning to her home, she said something seemed off. Her blinds were opened, someone had disconnected her Xbox and TV, and a curtain from her bedroom window was lying on the ground. Her first thought was that she was robbed, but after realizing there was nothing missing she assumed that the SWAT team must have been in her house.
Franz contacted the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and got a confirmation that SWAT was in her home and had utilized it. Now she is demanding an apology from the JSO because no one informed her about entering her house. “If you are going to come in my home and use my home, at least let me know, or at least try to contact me,” said Franz.
According to criminal defense attorney Miguel Rosada, “it will be hard to bring this case forward because there was no damage made”. Despite the lack of property damage, the invasion and use of her home was a breach of her constitutional rights by the JSO. Restitution has yet to be made.

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