Two people were charged with multiple counts of obstruction last week after officers were called to a domestic disturbance at their home.
Raelene Jon Brown, 29, 401 Hillwood Drive, Danielsville, was charged with five counts of obstruction. Kevin Hugh Massey, 40, of the same address, was charged with three counts of obstruction.
According to the incident report, a neighbor called 9-1-1 to report that a couple was in a fight outside their residence. Officer Josh Fowler went to the scene where he could hear people inside screaming. When he knocked on the door, he heard them run to the back of the house. He and a second deputy went inside to check on the subjects’ welfare.
Massey ran out the back door into the woods and as Hanley moved to go after him, Brown allegedly stepped in his way and began shoving him. Hanley eventually apprehended Massey in the woods by jumping on his back and forcing him to the ground. Brown followed them into the woods and refused to comply with the officers’ orders, so she was also arrested. While placing her in the patrol car, she allegedly kicked Hanley in the shoulder.
In another incident, two inmates were charged with “affray” (fighting) last week after an argument allegedly got out of hand in their cell.
Devante L. Baker, 20, and Jason S. Bradberry, 29, were charged in the incident.
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Glad someone called to report this because you never know if one of these two might have ended up killing the other. But why did they run?? Makes you wonder? Did the officers look to find out while in the home? This might be a drug house? Might be something to look into too. Only guilty people run!!
I trust and hope that this is a tongue-in-cheek comment. I don't know that screaming in the privacy of your own home is a crime which warrants unwelcome entry and search by law enforcement agents. Undoubtedly, the "suspects" weren't having a tea party in there, but unless there's more to this story than we know, it seems like an extreme response to a domestic situation.
Nope it was not meant as a "tongue-in-cheek" comment. If they were screaming loud enough that they could be heard screaming from outside of the home then yes the officers should have went in. If you look up the statistics of domestic violence then you will see that the death rate is very high. It was 22% back in 2002 when I had to write my paper in college. Also if you read the report when the officers knocked on the door they did NOT answer it, instead they ran to the back of the house hmmm. Now I don't know about you but when I get a knock at the door I go towards my door not away from it. Let's give our officers credit that protect us on a daily basis. They were responding to a call that was reported to them a argument/fighting. How did they know that one of them were not being held at gunpoint, it states they went in to check on their welfare. So NO I do not see anything wrong with this situation.
There's a big difference between "should have went in" and your initial suggestion that they should have searched the premises. A wellness check is one thing. A fishing expedition without a warrant or probable cause is quite another.
The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution affords citizens protection against unreasonable search and seizure. People within their own homes have a reasonable expectation of privacy. And since the woman was combative against the officers' attempt to intervene, she certainly was not a damsel in distress awaiting their help.
Thankfully, it sounds like the officers did perform their duties without overstepping these boundaries.