Dy’er Sez: This goes beyond ridiculous. The folks in this community have every right to be royally P.O.’d. Not everybody watches reality shows, and probably even less like to be a part of it. Never mind the lawsuits which will follow; If heads don’t roll at the Montgomery P.D., something is very, very wrong. Story from the Washington Examiner:
D.C. neighborhood upset over fake televised raid
By: Alan Suderman
Examiner Staff Writer
Montgomery County police officers staged a fake raid in Northwest D.C., complete with guns drawn and police lights blazing, sparking outrage from local residents who were not warned that the cops were acting for a TV show.
About a half dozen off-duty officers, who wore county uniforms and drove county police cars, were hired by a local production company to stage a police raid on 315 Aspen St. NW, which is about a quarter of a mile from the Montgomery-D.C. border.
“If the D.C. police had been in Montgomery County, that’s all [anyone] would have talked about,” said an irate Kelly Craven, who lives a few houses down from the raided house.
The filming was for a show called “Prison Wives,” which is about women who fall in love with and marry prisoners, according to neighbors. The show is in development for the cable channel Investigation Discovery, according to its Web site.
Filming went on for half a day and looked like the real thing, neighbors said.
“They stormed the house like a SWAT team and they said, ‘Police, search warrant, open up,'” said James Hall, who lives next door and shares a driveway with the house that was used in the filming.
D.C. Councilwoman Muriel Bowser, D-Ward 4, said in a letter to Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger that she shares the outrage of her constituents.
“The neighbors … were never notified of this disruption to their lives, and were justifiably terrified when they saw uniformed officers swarming a neighbor’s house with guns drawn,” Bowser said.
Julie Schor, who lives across the street, said she was working at home when she heard yelling and went to her window to see what was going on outside.
“There was probably about three cop cars in front of this house, and there was a cop standing in the middle of the street loading his gun,” she said. She said she was told later that the bullets weren’t real ammunition.