The party goers said police were checking things out when they smelled marijuana in the front yard. They told us police didn't have a warrant at that point but they said two officers entered the home anyway.
In a news release sent to Channel 2 Action News on Tuesday, police saidthey obtained a warrant and found two stolen guns, marijuana individually packaged and several smoking devices throughout most of the first-floor rooms. Individually packaged suspected cocaine and cocaine-related paraphernalia were also located upon initial contact with multiple subjects, the release said.
During a sit-down interview with Fernandes on Tuesday, the attendees described being mistreated by officers. They claimed they were tied up with zip ties, threatened with tasers and hauled off to jail. Some of the men said they were locked in cages at the jail.
"I was told we were just being detained; one of the officers said we’re putting you in a van to keep y’all warm," said Austen Davis.
Another attendee, a pregnant woman, said she was verbally abused and mistreated in jail.
"I was throwing up water," she said. "The whole saying 'innocent until proven guilty' went out the window. They told me I was an unfit person to have a baby."
The attendees told Fernandes they spent nearly three days in jail for nothing. Many of them lost their jobs and now they're afraid they'll end up with a criminal record.
"I’m about to graduate college this semester so it was kinda embarrassing, I had my cousin with me, he’s in the military so it just sucked we had to go through it that way," said Dakelin Wells.
Along with the attorneys representing the young people arrested, the NAACP is now involved.
Police said they found less than an ounce of marijuana at a house party Saturday night & since no one claimed it, they arrested 70ppl for it. Some just got out today. Story at 5pm on Ch2 pic.twitter.com/OA2xQFdGX3