Tonight, we have a follow up to a News Channel 12 investigation.After our report last night about questionable scanner traffic between two Jackson police officers, one family claims they were the target of the conversation.
"They didn't say they were looking for suspects until my momma came home they said they were on a disturbance call,” recalls a Shalundria Washington.
Washington is referring to Friday, January 24, 2014, when JPD officers were searching for two suspected auto thieves in the south Jackson area along Maria Drive.
Around 2:45 that afternoon, while looking for the pair, officers wanted to enter a home where they believed they would find the two suspects.That’s when the WJTV newsroom hears this conversation between two Jackson officers over the scanner.What you are about to hear is an uncut portion of that scanner recording.
Female: “Is there supposed to be some more suspects in an auto theft?"
Male: “10-4.There's supposed to be two suspects who came from the auto theft.Just knock on the door and if they let y'all in, the best way to get in is tell them y'all got a disturbance call and you need to come in and identify everybody in the house.Make sure you ask for their identification and driver’s license if they let you in, but just let them know you got a disturbance call over there that way you can get in."
Male: “Don't tell them you're looking for nobody now, just you know you're coming over there on a disturbance call.You heard a woman screaming and y'all just need to check it out.And, if any, if anybody in the house, see if they'll let y'all walk around and look around.If y'all spot, you know, if y'all see some people just ask for their driver's license or identification."
The Short family and their friends claim they were the ones targeted from this scanner traffic that January afternoon.
"They said they had a disturbance call.We'd been here all day and we hadn't heard anything.That's what I told them when they first came to the door,” explains Washington.
Washington says she, her friend and her brother were in the home at the time and police came to the door several times trying to enter their home.
"So, I closed the door and they came back four or five times; tried to get in the house asking me can they get in the house but this is not my house so I told them to wait until my momma is home,” continues Washington.
Washington says police never entered the house until her mother got home.That was around 3:30 that afternoon.
"When her mother came home she didn't know anything, didn't know what was going on she let them in the house after we watched the news and we said they couldn't come into the house they came in and searched the house and told their mother what actually was going on what they was looking for you all didn't find nothing then they left,” Myiesha Williams, a family friend, tells News Channel 12.
The actual house address was never revealed on the scanner.As you heard, the Short family claims it was their house.JPD says the case has been turned over to Internal Affairs.