Three Nashville police officers have been suspended without pay for their involvement in a botched raid on the wrong apartment last summer.
According to CNN, Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake had initially stripped the officers of their policing powers for executing a search warrant on what he described as “stale information.”
The officers broke down an apartment door using a battering ram shortly after 6:00 a.m. on August 18, after they announced themselves. The cops were looking for a teenage suspect they believed was connected to a property crime investigation.
Officials later learned the teen had not lived at that address in months, and thankfully no one was injured.
Chief Drake announced the disciplinary measures in a press release on Friday, including suspensions for the officers—without pay.
One of the officers, who was a lieutenant and 12-year veteran, has been demoted to sergeant and received a ten-day suspension. A 22-year veteran sergeant will be suspended for 30 days without pay and is subject to demotion to a police officer if he happens to violate department policy again over the next five years. A five-year veteran of the force will receive a 20-day suspension, the release stated.
“The discipline given to the three is significant, as were the missteps in the preparation and execution of this search warrant,” Drake said in the press release. “All three admitted to violating our policies and procedures and are being held accountable.”