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On July 26, Natania Griffin and her two sons Donovan Hall, 23, and Roger Devon Reuben, 20, received a disturbing knock at the door of their home in Ellenwood, Ga., an Atlanta suburb. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies were demanding they open the door and let them in. It was around 1:36 a.m. and the family was completely caught off-guard and unnerved by the floodlights and the “aggressive” behavior of the deputies.

Even though the officers were yelling the wrong address when they sought entry, they were at the right home to arrest Griffin for being 15 days past due on a $1,000 civil fine that is now paid.
“Fifteen days overdue, why would you come to my house with this unbelievable show of force?” Griffin said in an interview.

DeKalb County, Ga., deputies accused of excessive force on mother and sons

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  1. jen on August 12, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    They shouted the wrong address, no warrant and they were very aggressive and abusive. Those officers set us back 45 years. they got who they came for, the two young men were not abusive verbally or physically. Then they locked them up..smh…proof that when you make them angry they take things to the extreme.

  2. jen on August 12, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    well they didn’t lock them up but they were very abusive.