KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - On Friday, 24 Hour News 8 got a clearer picture of what led to an internal investigation at the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.
Officers are accused of lying to a judge to get a search warrant in order to get into a house party on Feb. 2 near Western Michigan University's campus. The incident involved some WMU students and the use of excessive force.
Target 8 obtained police dash cam video from the incident and recordings of the officers' microphones.
In the recordings, the officers could be heard warning people inside the house to step away from the door. Then the officers could be heard breaking through the door.
The officers continued to break down several more doors in the home and at one point in the recordings, a female could be heard sobbing.
"Get your clothes and get your [expletive] out here," one officer could be heard saying on the recording.
The officers arrested 30 people during the breakup of the house party and had them take breath tests, which led to several charges of underage drinking.
But a judge ruled the arrests were illegal and dropped all of the charges, calling the officers "overzealous at best," and that they used "excessive force." The judge also said the officers were "intimidating the defendants."
A judge wouldn't address the excessive force issue to Target 8, saying it would have to be brought up in a civil case.
Target 8 spoke to one of the people who was arrested but they wouldn't comment about any future legal action, fearing police retaliation.
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