Police break down door after woman’s 9-1-1 goof
Posted by mythoughtsandnews on November 26, 2006
When Marget Lieder accidentally dialed 9-1-1, while meaning to dial 4-1-1 for information, she thought nothing of simply hanging up and dialing again – but that was before a group of officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police broke down her door and arrested her and her partner.
On the evening of Oct. 25, Lieder, who lives in North Vancouver, B.C., was drinking wine with her partner, Larry Pierce, and a house guest when she misdialed the information number and reached emergency services instead. After immediately hanging up the phone, the police called her back to say that 2 officers were being sent to her home to confirm that she was not in danger. They would, she was told, search her house when they arrived.
“I don’t want my privacy to be invaded just because I misdial a number,” she explained to the officer on the telephone.
Lieder refused to allow the officers who arrived into her home, speaking to them only on the porch from where they could see “the peaceful atmosphere” in her living room.
“They didn’t have a search warrant and they didn’t have anything to do in my house,” she told the North Shore News.
Assuring the two officers nothing was amiss, Lieder returned inside and her guest left shortly afterwards.
The Mounties, reinforced by three more officers, insisted on inspecting Lieder’s home and when she did not open the door for them, they broke it down and arrested her and Pierce for obstruction of justice.
While Lieder wasn’t injured, Pierce was not so lucky.
Things like this can be expected when they combine Mexico, the United States, and Canada. There will be no freedoms except those that the government allows us to have.