It’s not nice to fool Mother Carter.....You
may remember from my column last week my concern that Sugar
Land P meolice entered a house in Covington Woods like they
thought a group of drug kingpins were inside. They found two
ounces of marijuana.
On reading the police report later, I
discovered that the dog that was killed did not bite the
policeman, but merely “brushed” against his leg and left
hair on his trousers. Those hairs was later photographed to
prove I-don’t-know-what. I was also told, after specifically
asking, that the “flash bang” was not an incendiary device
like was used in Waco that resulted in the whole compound
After the story came out, I received this
letter from the homeowner:
I read your article of September 20 with
more than a little interest; you see, I am the owner (and
resident) of the house in Covington Woods that was an object
of a terrorist attack on September 8th.
I must use the clichČ about the two sides
of the coin and tell you, briefly, my side of the story even
though admittedly, and thankfully, I was not present at the
time of the attack.
It was an attack. Present in the house
were Dennis, my S.O. and Christian, my son. There is
complete agreement of them as to the sequence of events:
There was a loud knocking, a crash, a boom and a shot, all
within 5-10 seconds.
I spoke to Captain Cox myself, by
telephone, and when I asked him why they broke the door down
he said that the protocol dictates knocking and waiting for
a decent interval and then forcing entry if no response was
forthcoming. They did not follow protocol: the knocking and
break-in were nearly simultaneous. Dennis had just gotten to
the door (from the back bedroom) when the forced entry
knocked him down. The flash gun landed less than a foot from
his head with a resultant hemorrhage of the right ear. They
dragged him out the door by his hair.
I asked why they had to shoot my dog
(Shadow, a 2 1/2 year old yellow lab mix) Captain Cox
replied that Shadow charged one of the men; he never
mentioned that Shadow actually had hold of the lead
officer’s leg. That was an added embellishment. Shadow never
left Dennis’ side; he didn’t even have time to bark before
he was shot.
The flash gun started a fire which set
off my hard-wired smoke detectors so the officer(s) ripped
them out; my alarm system to this day does not work. The
fire caused considerable damage touching on 4 separate
areas; the force of the explosion shattered all my glassware
and shelves in the mini-bar and broke the bulb and globe of
the foyer ceiling fixture.
It has taken me a long time to assimilate
this; I cried for the first time on September 20. I am still
stunned. Only the burned areas, blood on the wallpaper and
the dangling wires of my fire detectors remind me that it
Dennis and Christian are exhibiting sins
of PTSD (I am a nurse); they are exhibiting sleeplessness,
frequent tearfulness, irritability and short tempers. Our
once “normal” routines have been turned upside down.
I am seeking legal counsel but have been
cautioned by many to not get my hopes up. The old City Hall
thing, you know. The loss of Shadow, (who did not have to be
sedated to be treated by the vet!) is irreparable; the
damages to my home are not.
Thank you for your time, interest and
Sincerely, Margot B. Allen
If you have been paying attention, you
will realize this was a different story than told to me by
Capt. Cox of the Sugar Land Police.
And someone else weighs in:
Dear B.K. Carter
As a Sugar Land resident for the past 16
years, I do not miss many of your columns. For the most part
I find that you are usually on tract (with my thinking), on
most of the controversial issues; I take a diametrically
opposed stand to your opinion of the Sugar Land Police Dept.
and their handling of the Covington Woods search warrant
that resulted in a shot (dead) dog and the arrest of several
people - 9/20/06 issue with the lead "flash dancing."
I do believe that your comments indicate
that you are in need of more information about your new
police department. When our police executes a warrant and
feels it is necessary to do it with a SWAT team, their
actions follow certain protocols - it is not haphazard at
all, and when a dog has hold of your leg and will not let go
- shooting it is in order.
Even though only a small amount of ganja
was recovered, it was evident that those arrested were
violating the law. If a larger amount of drugs had been
found, would you still have called the officers "Boneheads."
It would be my suggestion that you enroll
in the next class of the Sugar Land citizens Police Academy.
There you will be enlightened, and will learn more about the
fine police officers of our city, those people who put your
safety and protection above all else.
Sincerely, I am,
Member of Board of Directors
Sugar Land Citizens Police Alumni Assoc.