Feds Wrongly Raid Home Of CBS Correspondent In Alameda

ALAMEDA (CBS 5/KCBS) – Some new parents got an unexpected scare Wednesday morning when they awoke to a team of armed Federal Bureau of Investigation agents attempting to raid their home.

CBS News correspondent Priya David and her husband Alex Clemens were at their home with their newborn child on Lina Avenue when they heard a banging on the door just after 7 a.m.

“Our first thought was the neighborhood is on fire,” resident Alex Clemens said. “I see what turns out to be eight uniformed, armored, armed officers – four of which are pointing guns through the window at my face.”

Just as officers were about to cuff Clemens he warned them that they had the wrong guy.

“They yelled at me ‘Is anyone else in the house,’” Clemens recalled. “I did say ‘yes, my wife is a CBS News correspondent. She’s upstairs nursing our infant baby.’ That seemed to de-escalate things a little bit.”

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

”They said, ‘stand to the side,’ but then realized, I think, very quickly that they had the wrong home,” said David. “We told them that we thought they were looking for the people who lived here about three months ago, who had sold us the house and then moved across the street.”

The search warrant specifically lists marijuana, items associated with the cultivation and sale of the drug, along with firearms as the focus of the investigation.

David said the agents were very apologetic about the mistake.

”They were thankful, from our understanding, that we were able to tell them where the people they were looking for had gone,” said David.

Agents did enter the home across the street after getting a second search warrant, arresting one person in connection with the case.

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  • John S

    Glowing example of your tax dollars at work.

    • Dave

      Janet Reno.- Replay?

    • Tracey12

      Have you noticed in the news lately the massive number of “raids” being conducted on businesses and individuals by federal agents? What is going on? Do we now live in Russia???

      • Al Dove

        The American Cheka.

      • LibMarxists leave the U.S. now

        …or does it have to do with who is currently occupying the White House?

      • Kevin Wallis

        hahaha not to mention the 30 or so storys about cops doing bad things like murder, gun running, and everything in between.

      • ja

        Something to do with the secret repeal of the Fourth Amendment.

      • Davie Crockett

        It’s a pot raid. Illegel on a Fed level. Plain and simple.

      • Guapi

        Thank the current regime. They either created the “astmophere” or are negligent in keeping a lid on it.

  • Longdrycreek Ranch Texas Panhandle

    The FBI and other federal agencies and many local law enforcement think nothing of such raids. Raids like this one are an excuse for the “police” to
    try out their gear and weapons.
    The U.S. is becoming a police state. If Obama said he wanted a civilian force equal the the military, he has it. The feds and local officers are part of the Obama web. Any one can be subject to seizure, including this innocent couple.

    • sam8131

      did obamy send them?

    • Whitey Ford

      Obama has pushed us faster into a police state than any other recent president. I’ve had it!

    • Chris G.

      BECOMING a police state? That shark was jumped years ago. Gotta get those evil marijuana growers, don’t you know!

      • LivingPre911Still

        HSR… IT IS A POLICE STATE when Jack Booted Thugs bust down YOUR door which instantaneously brings a very volatile and potentially violent situation where none need exist in the first place… Got It? Then shoot your threatening dog for behaving as exactly as dogs are expected to do which may break the Macho Mens skin with it’s bite… never mind the kids who love their pet witnessing the event… Your OPINION of people who wish to protect themselves who would probably behave as cowards is exactly that… and a poor one to boot!!!

      • Tired of it

        Don’t forget the evil guitar makers that work for Gibson.

      • HSR

        Really. A police state? How, exactly do we live in a police state? Do you mean this as a pure opinion, or a fact? If a fact, please provide something to support this position, because police exist under a dammed if you do, dammed if don’t microscope of a long time now. Lets not forget the Warren Court’s castration of law enforcement, the pain of which exists to this day. Finally, your marijuana grower is, in this case, the law’s armed drug dealer. Hopefully drug dealers never move in across the street from you, and you do have to deal with the impaired drivers coming and going twenty-four hours a day, and the potential for violence.

        You and your friends would do a much better job dealing with the pressures and dangers of modern law enforcement. You could come here, and clear drug corners in West Baltimore so people do not have to duck and cover from stray bullets three times a week. On the other hand, you are likely a weak coward, and would be so afraid you would be firing shots yourself within your first hour. I get it, you are cool and want to stick it to “The Man.” However, you know absolutely nothing about law enforcement, so stick to whatever it is you wrote your last fine arts or sociology paper on.

      • Bill

        HSR…you’re obviously a cop and guess what…I’d rather have a marijuana dealer move in a cross the street than an armed thug cop anyday. And when laws dictate just about every aspect of my life, then yes we live in a police state. I saw you write earlier and ask what rights we’ve lost…How about the 4th and 5th amendments to the constitution? You can be declared an enemy combatant and then tortured and killed…no trial…and no one would know. How about the fact that I’m not allowed to decide what substances I ingest? Isn’t it my body? I cant decide what business I want to conduct without asking for permission from a govt to run it…Most things in my life revolve around asking permission from some govt entity…

      • A Messenger

        HSR…America is the #1 Police State in the world We put more people in jail than any other country on the planet, and mostly for victimless crimes. We imprison more people than Russia and China COMBINED. We have more laws than any other country on the planet. Our police has more MILITARY grade equipment than any other country. Cameras on every street corner. TSA sexually assaulting people in the name of “security”. Police are now even using unmanned drones in America for Christ’s sake. America being a police state is not an opinion, it is a statistical fact.


      • Bulldog22

        they are far worse than the murderers who sneak across every day.LOL

      • Phelps

        I would much rather live across the street from a drug dealer than a cop. The drug dealer will keep his head down and avoid attention. The cop will get a wild hair because he didn’t like the way you parked your car or something, and then spend the rest of you stay there harassing, threatening and tormenting you without repercussion, because the other cops will always take his side, up to and including when he murders you and claims it was self-defense.

    • Bulldog22

      This country is already a police state. They are going to start “raiding” alot of us soon. Hey big bro, I prefer my fema camp to be in the mountains. Something with a view please.

      • Jeff Mast

        Already done Iris. multiple times in fact. It is great fun

      • HSR

        You have some inside info brah??!!!! Wow!!! You are so relevant!!

      • Bulldog22

        UH OH! someone is going to report me to “ATTACK WATCH”

      • Iris D. Lynch

        Actually, I think it would be a GREAT idea for all of us to report ourselves to ATTACK WATCH> WHAT FUN!

    • Ken Watson

      And the why of it is quite simple. It’s FUN! What could be more fun that rolling up hot, guns drawn and kicking down a door? We had a raid like this in Atlanta where a 92 year old woman was shot in her front doorway. Wrong house, of course. And then they claimed she fired first! Planted gun, everything. All I can say is, good thing this chick is somebody important like a big-time newsie. Joe Average would be pushing up daisies.

  • chas

    the implication seems to be that because she was a CBS news correspondant, special treatment should follow…..

    what an idiot

    • Liberty Jane

      I’m going to use that excuse when they raid my home.

    • Jeffrey Douglass

      was followed.
      You don’t think any chevey dealers who contributed to Obamas election lost their dealerships; do you?

      • Dave

        It was End of the Bush era that bailed out the Major car Companys…

      • SDN

        And who had to pass the law? Wouldn’t have been the Democrat controlled Congress, would it?

    • Mark Matis

      Well, what do YOU think happened?

      I know the answer to THAT question.

    • BG

      Even more reason to search the house! lol

    • wyrdless

      A> I think it implied “this is a normal house with a family and a baby not a den of thieves”

      B> In the real world, people are not equal. A news correspondent who appears on TV can make their lives hell unlike you or me. So obviously, yes, in the minds of the officers, they deserved special treatment.

      Whether or not that is a good thing is a different question.

  • Jeffrey Douglass

    Who are these thugs?

  • Beau

    LOL This regime just keeps gettin’ better and better.

    • Ohio

      This is nothing new. Conservatives on Supreme court ruled these unconstitutional raids are legal, in 2006. See map:

  • Steinmann

    Coming to a home near you. It was probably someone that once gave money to a Tea Party candidate that they were looking for. Either that or a Gibson vintage guitar with some rare jungle wood.

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  • KorlaPundit

    Somebody must have reported the “resident’ had a Gibson guitar! Terrorist!!!!!

  • jvcarey

    Our rights are going down the toilet. I wonder what was on the arrest warrant, was it “resident”. How about identifying the person before cuffing

    • HSR

      Please name one right you personally lost. Please. This seems to be pretty popular rhetoric but nobody can never name a right they personally no longer have, without baseless speculation. If I am wrong, please let me know how. Thanks

      • Ohio

        HSR. See map: http://www.cato.org/raidmap/
        Only a matter of time before your door gets illegally knocked down.

      • John Watters

        The First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Admendments to the Consitiitution of the United States have been basically repealed and/or gutted by the implementation of the “Patriot Act”, DMCA, The “Making America Safe Act”, and a numerous string of Presedential Signing Statements, which, for some reason, carry the weight of law. Add to these the secret courts and indefinate detention for those not charged with a crime or to have been found innocent of those charges, even for US citizens.

        Yes, these sound like the acts of a free and open society. YUP YUP YUP. You must be right.

        Oh, ya, what about those people who have been murdered by law enforcement officers serving no knock warrants on a wrong home. The right of life has been denied to a large number of people here in the US. As the preamble to the Constitution states, we have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. So, there are three rights which has been lost my many people.

        Personally, I can’t go fishing on the Sun River anymore. I can’t float the Dearboarn. I can’t hunt where I used too. All due to government regulations and land closures. We had the best speed limit in the world, Reasonable and Prudent. But, freedom haters had to see that go away.

        Erosion of liberties comes in small steps so most people don’t see what is happening. Or in your case, you are either part of the corrections industry or you are a PollyAnna(you can’t handle the truth in front of your eyes), you just won’t believe it is happening.

        Quit hating my freeedom to enjoy life, get over it.

        Have a nice day.

      • ja

        Okay, I’m game. How about this one:

        “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures”

        Note: “to be secure”.

        We no longer have reasonable security against unreasonable search and seizure. It may not have happened to you yet; it may never happen. But you are not “secure”.

      • marg1

        If a business wants my home I have lost the right to keep it thanks to the KELO ruling SCOFUS.

        I have lost the right to keep my medical records private.
        I have lost the right to not buy health insurance (I pay for my medical bills out of pocket.)
        I have lost the right to fly without being sexually assaulted or radiated.
        I have lost the right to see my president’s hidden records.

      • Jimm

        You’re wrong. If any one of us loses a right, we all lose.

      • Phelps

        “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

        That one. Where’s the perjury charge for the false oath sworn to secure that search warrant?

  • Tom

    What moron would conduct a raid without checking if the target actually resides there. Federal Bureau of Incompetence.

    • leonard

      It’s the Federal Bureau of INSTIGATION. It used to be called entrapment, now it’s called “war on terror”.

      • Kevin Wallis

        hahaha HSR must be a cop, because he sure does belive all the stuff they feed him

      • HSR

        Entrapment? Please look up big words before you use them. This has nothing to do with entrapment, on the war on terror. US citizens rights are no different now than they were ten years ago because of the “war on terror.” And, please, don’t say PATRIOT Act. There is nothing in the PATRIOT Act does not undermine a single Constitutional right, despite what you may have been told, as nauseum for the last none years.!

      • A Messenger

        HSR…The Patriot Act doesn’t take any rights away? Are you on crack? The Patriot Act allows police to enter your home, without a warrant, even if you not home, and they don’t even have to tell you that they broke into your home. It allows warrantless wiretapping. It allows you to be arrested and held indefinitely without a trial or a lawyer. Go read the 4th Amendment and then try to tell people with a straight face that the Patriot Act doesn’t violate your rights.

  • Frank Cotton

    At least now I know what to do if Obama’s brownshirts come to my door- I’ll just yell “My wife is a CBS News Coorespondent!”. It always helps to know how to identify yourself as a member of the protected class.

    • JR

      I think the point is they knew the suspect wasn’t married to a CBS news correspondent with a baby. Get it?

      • Jeffrey Douglass

        Still the same point can be made.

  • Henry

    Wow. What would have happend if the home owner had a firearm and these thugs decided to raid his house on a no knock warant and thaught it was a home invasion? A recipe for a tragedy. They would probably make up some B.S. story and plant drugs in the house. Good golly!

    • Ozlanthos

      It has happened……… Several times actually. A guy in Vegas got the drop on 3 of their breach team before they stopped coming in and announced who they were. He didn’t kill any of them, but if he had been a step or two slower the police involved would have had to kill everyone, and plant drugs to justify the home invasion. Another one a few years back involved an 80 year old Floridian grandmother. I don’t even remember how many times they shot her, but from what I recall, they would have been able to take down a Tyrannosaur with as many bullets. In any case, she managed to hit one of them with a 12 gauge before becoming a lead magnet.

      The point is that it is a tragedy that they feel the need to break into our homes unannounced and at ungodly hours. As long as defining which drugs are ok for others to use is so important that we need laws, guns, courts, and prisons to threaten us into compliance, these mistakes (and worse) are going to happen.


    • Glenn Ernway Bell

      Henry, exactly what happened six months or so ago in Tucson, AZ when the Pima Co SO rated a house and the home owner was sleeping after working all night. Ex-GI wakes to his wife’s screaming, grabs his semi auto AR-15, gets the hell shot of himself, and dies. Well over 100 rounds fired, medical aid refused when demanded by the wife until obviously too late. Suspicion of being involved in Marijuana trade. Opps wrong guy. No criminal action against the SO. For the record I am a retired cop and would have indited the hell out of that SAU team.

      • Glenn Ernway Bell

        PS The home owner never fired a shot or probably got the chance to. Excepting the statements from the SO was he fired several rounds. Ops state crime lab forgot to get on the team with their results. I can assure you that several of the basic American rights have been curtailed by various acts passed by both sides of the isle and Presidential Orders from Bush and Obama. In fairness I am a conservative but a constitutional first American Citizen!

  • JR

    Troll from Drudgereport link, eh? Can always tell when he’s linking to a site. Where does the article mention politics, or the political leanings of the police, the husband, the nursing mother, or the baby? Yikes.

  • http://kellilainelewis.wordpress.com Kelli_DOA

    perfect. i hope she does a story about it.

  • Ron Paul Jones

    Obama Obama Obama…. Give me a break… This would happen regardless who is in the WH. And I have another clue for you Mr Texas panhandle… Obama has nothing to do with the rain, snow or the planets… Feel better now?
    You want to make the world a better place… Start with yourself

    • Dredd12

      Obama is the chief law enforcement officer in the nation as well as the president. You can whine that “it’s not his fault”, but it IS HIS RESPONSIBILITY.
      The Donks are doomed and it’s this corrupt regime that has doomed them to the ash heap of history.

      • Ohio

        He is not the Chief law enforcement officer in the nation. He is the Commander in Chief and President he appoints an Attorney General who expected to carry out the law of the land. Which in this case was decided by 4 conservative Justices and Justice Kennedy in 2006- the so called liberal justices dissented they basically said that NO-knocks raids are legal and anything they find can also be used angainst you Hudson vs Michigan.
        So you end up with this: http://www.cato.org/raidmap/

      • Ron Paul Jones

        You really are a blind, dumb person. One who can not or will not think for himself. This is the baggage you have decided to carry with you for the rest of your life. Always being mulipulated into saying stupid stuff. What a waste

    • Startsnitchingwww.bho.

      Uh oh, another report going to the Obama snitch web sight. Your in big do.

    • Phelps

      Then why did Obama promise that his presidency would mark when the ocean levels started going down and our planet would begin to heal?

  • villa rios

    Give and man a badge and a gun and he loses all integrity, honestry and usefullness to a free society,

    These union thugs are absolutely no different than any killer on death row. They should all be fired, flown to Afghanistan and released into the wild. They are abosolutely no differnt than any terrorist. They have no humility and could care less about the nation our Founding Fathers set up to prevent these horrible abuses.

    Don’t give me excuses about an honest mistake…. They have all the bells and whistle to get it right, but they choose not to, because they are no differnt than the secret police who worked for Stalin.

    • Kevin Wallis

      dont belittle all unions with the cops union…. there totaly different

    • cd

      I don’t think that FBI agents are eligible to join a union. In fact, FBI agents are probably more like you than being a union thug. You may want to check your facts.

  • Trajan Long

    How about what they did to GIBSON GUITARS. Raided with guns drawn, materials confiscated, factory shut, told to relocate to Madagascar in the middle of a depression No due process, no , lets see if their are any infractions and try and work it out. Like insane police state tactics.. Worst Justice Department in US history.

    • bulldog22

      they only raided them to send a message. If you are a conservative/non-union business in Amerika, watch out.

  • HTuttle

    I guess she was reported on #AttackWatch

  • hank

    …Huuump, “say hello to my little friend”…you bettcha…

  • CMLZ

    Blame it on Napolitano!

  • wecomeinpeace

    1.20.13 the end of an error and all his cronies including holder, the cracker hater.

  • glenn

    Stool like this happens all the time. Happened to one of my friends many years ago. Because ofentimes the cops and the DA are just tooooo busy to get the right address or read the house numbers. Gotta kick those doors in right now.

  • wecomeinpeace

    and the head of the Terrorists Society of America (TSA) – Big Skunk Napolitano

  • Reinvestigate 911

    I’m surprised they didn’t taser the baby for failure to comply and fear for officer safety.

    Off topic…as a direct result of the feds in body armor and weapons drawn raiding raw milk and produce sellers, I’ve been buying raw milk for the first time. The stuff is awesome (but $12/gallon). Support these local farmers.

    • Jeffrey Douglass

      I guess the baby couldn’t be groped! New ruling by the state, got to be 12 to warrant a grope.

  • warbaby

    This keeps happening a lot. They should be glad they were not shot. To me this kind of aggressiveness indicates a strong fear factor on the part of the police. They should not be in the police bizz if this is the problem.

    • Ken Watson


    • coolie

      Cool, then please…YOU do the work.

      2011 Total Line of Duty Deaths: 124 and counting

      • Lester

        123 in traffic accidents. A dangerous job would be a logger or a fisherman.

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