A man in California said he was checking his security camera when he noticed several officers conducting what he said was a training exercise inside his home.
The homeowner, who was not identified, told KCRA that the Sacramento Police Department initially showed up to his Sacramento home on Wednesday night because a neighbor called 911 after seeing the man’s front open for several hours.
The man told the outlet that he and his family moved into the home about a month ago and didn’t close the door properly when they left.
In surveillance video from inside the home, several officers are seen checking the house to make sure no one was in there. They all have their guns drawn.
After clearing the house, the cops leave but don’t close the front door. The homeowner said the door was left ajar.
A California man said he checked his surveillance video and saw Sacramento police officers conducting a supposed training exercise inside his home
The man said police were called to his home by a neighbor who noticed the front door had been open for several hours
The supposed training exercise lasted about 15 minutes. The man said the officers were seen walking through the downstairs and upstairs areas of his house
A few seconds later, he said an officer peeked through the opening in the door and then lightly kicked it open. The man said officers stood in the entryway of his home for about a minute before walking into the house again.
He told the outlet that as the officers proceeded to walk through each room of the house, sometimes pausing to discuss what should be done next.
‘Want you guys to move together to clear that whole area,’ an officer tells two other cops.
In the footage, officers are seen walking through the living room and in the man’s kitchen. The guy said they spent about four minutes upstairs during their supposed training exercise.
The man said once the officers came back downstairs, they left the home. One cop was reportedly seen petting the man’s dog before he left the house.
The man said when he returned home he found scuff marks on the walls, items out of place and his doggie gate broken. He thought he had been robbed.
‘If I didn’t have security cameras, I would have never known,’ the homeowner said. adding that officers did not get his permission to do a training routine in his home.
‘I would have been left with the thought that somebody was in my house.’
According to KCRA, the entire incident lasted about 24 minutes. About 15 minutes of it was part of the supposed training.
The homeowner said officers spent about four minutes upstairs. When he returned home, he said he noticed scuff marks and items out of place
The guy said one officer went into his kitchen and petted his dog before leaving the house. The police department said it was investigating the incident
‘There’s some unanswered questions, but then there’s also the comfort of knowing that they were responsive,’ the homeowner said.
The guy said he called the police department after reviewing the security footage. The Sacramento Police Department said it was reviewing the incident.
While some people would be a little unnerved to find out officers were roaming through their house without permission, defense attorney and legal expert Bill Portanova said what the officers did was not illegal.
‘There’s nothing illegal about it… the officers did not break any laws here whatsoever. The entire incident lasts a few minutes. They never really cleared the scene,’ Portanova said.
He added: ‘I think the training officer used it as a teaching moment to potentially save the life of either a homeowner or that officer in some future sweep.’
Portanova said he thinks the officers could have left a card or a note letting the homeowner know they had been in his house.