Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009 | 1:59 p.m.
New information in the controversial SWAT raid of a Seven Hills home is raising more questions about the manner in which Metro executed the narcotics search warrant that resulted in the resident firing shots at officers.
Viewers tonight will see exclusive video of the home after the raid where the sought-after cocaine was not found and hear from the suspect's girlfriend about what was going on inside as police stormed the house.
Police and the District Attorney have portrayed the suspect, Emmanuel Dozier, as an unemployed drug kingpin and pimp. We've got copies of check stubs that show Dozier was indeed employed as a sheet metal worker. We asked the police about the discrepancy but they refused to comment, nor would they explain why an inventory of items seized does not include the marijuana and paraphenalia police told the media they found. Dozier's girlfriend, Belinda Saavedra, maintains no drugs were in the home and passed two drug tests immediately following the raid. The D.A. is charging Saavedra, who has an infant, with abuse and neglect for not having a job. Prosecutor Ron Cordes told me Saavedra's unemployed status alone would not generate charges, but "the criminal environment" warranted the complaint.
We asked police to tell us the cost of engaging SWAT to arrest, if the accusations are true, what appears to be a small-time dealer. Police refuse to answer but a Metro spokesman did tell me extreme measures are necessary to guard against "some liberal judge" throwing out the case.