There are conditions under which a forcible and unexpected entry are acceptable when serving a search warrant. In general, those are when there is evidence present that could be quickly destroyed, such as soluble narcotics which could be flushed, when there are hostages in need of rescue, or when violent and well armed criminals are present and it is deemed safer to take them by surprise. None of these conditions applied in this raid, so what possible justification was there? We don’t know. The Chesapeake Police have offered no special circumstances justifying these tactics.
Further, in this case, the suspected marijuana growing operation was not even in the house, but instead in the unattached garage. Fredericks had a job with a regular schedule, so the search could even have been conducted in his absence and any subsequent arrest made on his return, in near complete safety.
So, why, other than to terrorize the subject of the search, was such a raid conducted? If the intent was to frighten Fredericks, we must concede that they were successful in that, convincing him he was in mortal danger and driving him to defend himself from what he perceived as a home invasion.
Further, such raids are generally conducted with overwhelming force, using 8 or more officers. In this case only two were present, not even enough to cover alternate exits. Was this raid authorized by the warrant? There is nothing in the warrant to indicate special circumstances. Was it even approved by the Detectives superiors, or was this choice made by Det. Jarrod and his partner alone?
All of these questions could be answered by the partner, but he has not made a public statement, nor has the Chesapeake Police leadership offered a rational explanation for this exceptionally dangerous method of conducting a search.
There may have been good reasons for the raid, but in doggedly refusing to offer an explanation for this mortally dangerous choice, the CPD has created an appearance of wrongdoing even if there was none. If mistakes were made, delaying that admission until the facts are dragged out in court will only magnify them.