It was a scene of domestic tranquility. David and Lillian Scott were in their living room talking. Their 15-year-old daughter was in the garage with two friends. Their 16-year-old son was elsewhere in the house feeding the 5-month-old baby. This was just last week in Temecula, California.
Just past 9:30 p.m. a gang of armed men burst through an unlocked front screen door shouting orders that couple and forcing them to the floor. The couple were then handcuffed. They begged to know what was happening and got no answer.
In the garage the men went after the teen aged girls ordering them to â€œget down on the fucking floorâ€. They too were handcuffed. And the son was in a similar situation as the armed men forced him to the ground. Lillian could hear her new-born crying and she asked one of the armed thugs if her baby was all right. She says that he â€œtold me if I moved he was going to put a bullet in my head.â€
Then the men started ransacking the house. Lillian found her bedroom door was ripped off the hinges and the door to her daughterâ€™s room had a hole violently ripped into it. Of course the men were local police high on adrenaline and anxious to bash in the heads of â€œbad guysâ€. They havenâ€™t said who they were looking for that night.
Lillian Scott could hear their radioâ€™s as they spoke to one another. One of the officers announced that the second floor of the house was â€œclearâ€. That was one of the other officers pointed out that the house they were supposed to raid had only one floor. Apparently no one noticed, before attacking this family, that the house had two floors..
Notice also what is missing from this story. An open screen door with the Scottâ€™s in the living room was entered by the police. No attempt was made to announce they were police first. Had they done that it would have easily been heard by the family. Nor was a search warrant shown to the family at the time of the attack and police refused to answer questions.
This is what lead to the murder of Kathryn Johnston by out-of-control police in Atlanta.