Awake At 5 AM

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"ONE SEVEN FOUR FIVE ZERO NUMBER TWENTY-FIVE OPEN UP ... ONE SEVEN FOUR FIVE ZERO NUMBER TWENTY-FIVE OPEN UP OR YOU MAY BE SHOT!"

Those are the words we woke up to this morning at around 5:00.  The sheriff, along with Torrance PD, were raiding the apartment next door to ours.  There were also several non-uniformed officers involved in the raid.

"Don't stand there, you might be in the cross fire."

That was probably more scary than the original outburst.  We were not sure who was being addressed, but it seemed like one officer was talking to another in the hallway, not the occupants of any apartments.

I observed a few sheriffs in body armor and military style helmet, one carrying a battering ram.  There were many local police and two official vehicles in our driveway, blocking five or six cars.  At some point, I overheard the officers explain to one another that they thought the accused person threw something out the window.  So they proceeded to shine spotlights into our children's room while an occupant of the raided apartment told them if they were hot or cold.  I also observed an officer standing on the fence, looking into the yard of the house directly behind the raid.

Then, a neighbor asked what was going on; he was conversing with the officers with spotlights out his window.  The officer asked my neighbor if they needed to get a warrant for him too.  The neighbor politely replied, "No thanks."

"Well that was anti-climactic."

Those are the words of a classic adrenaline junkie.

By the time I was ready to go to work. one of our neighbors was in custody, being driven away in a black, unmarked official vehicle.  Have a nice day!

Posted via email from Anthony Martin's Weblog

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