Law enforcement expert weighs in on raid at Eden Prairie home
Deputies followed standard protocols while conducting a court-ordered search on an Eden Prairie home early Thursday morning, according to a law enforcement expert who reviewed a video of the operation.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office executed an early morning search warrant New Year’s Eve at the listed Eden Prairie address of 23-year-old Dolal Idd, who was shot and killed after an exchange of gunfire with Minneapolis police the night before.
On Saturday, the sheriff’s office released body-worn camera footage of the SWAT team, which executed the search warrant after a judge signed the warrant authorizing law enforcement to enter Idd’s home to look for weapons at the house.
Former Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, who now works as a law enforcement consultant, reviewed the video and told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the SWAT team deputies in the publicly released portion of the video appear to follow proper procedures during the entire incident.
“It appeared they were very professional, in terms of what they said and how they conducted this warrant,” Stanek said. “Everything you see in the video shows the deputies conducted the search using their trained protocol before investigators arrived and took over the scene.”
Stanek told KSTP because the warrant was to look for weapons, the search would be considered a “high-risk warrant” and it would be standard procedure for the SWAT team to enter the home with their weapons drawn until any potential threat was neutralized.
“The deputies appear to knock and then announce themselves before they entered the home,” Stanek said. “What they did is absolutely standard practice, and you hear them announce themselves once, twice, or three times or four times."
When people inside the home asked deputies to see the search warrant you can hear the deputies tell them everything would be explained once investigators arrive on the scene, and about 30 minutes into the search the investigators do show up and explain the search warrant to the home’s occupants.
“There is no timeline to tell the people, or show them about the warrant and what it is for until the scene is secure,” Stanek said. “You see the investigators arrive and they do explain things to them in a timely manner because it would not be proper to do it three days afterward.”