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SCMPD sued after raiding wrong house

Aqueellah Sparks and Sherry Mims are suing the SCMPD for raiding their house after mistaking it for another residence. Aqueellah Sparks and Sherry Mims are suing the SCMPD for raiding their house after mistaking it for another residence.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Two years ago, Savannah-Chatham Metro police raided the wrong house on Savannah's East 33rd Street.

Now, the people who live there are suing.

The lawsuit was moved from Superior to Federal court in September. It's being brought by Aqueellah Sparks and Sherry Mims, two women who were in the house at the time, and on behalf of the seven children and one disabled woman who were also there.

They're claiming police used excessive force, that the children were physically restrained at gunpoint, causing them extreme emotional distress and that Sparks and Mims suffered "serious personal injury."

"I was right here, trying to unlock the door, and as I tried to unlock the door, they kicked the door in," Aquellah Sparks told WTOC on Aug. 16, 2011, the day of the raid. "They looked around. I kept asking, 'Who are you looking for? Who are you looking for?' When I came out on the porch, they told me they had an arrest warrant for somebody's arrest, and they have the wrong house."

Savannah's city attorney has filed a response to the suit saying, "the City did not deprive the plaintiffs of any rights guaranteed to them by the Constitution of the United States or the State of Georgia" and that the "City is immune from (legal) liability for actions taken in the exercise or performance of its government functions."

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