The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is the Spokane County Sheriff's Department. They get the award for the following.
SPOKANE -- For a 67-year-old homeowner and his wife, wrongly subjected to a shattering pornography search, saying, "Oops, wrong number" is not enough.Oops wrong number is definitely not enough for an apology, nor is this act of stupidity and carelessness something to giggle about. It is however good enough to make the Spokane County Sheriff's Department today's Knucklehead of the day.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich apologized Tuesday for the blunder, which he said resulted when Detective Timothy Hines tried to nail whoever was responsible for obscene calls to at least 20 women enrolled at Whitworth College.
Hines wrote down the wrong figures for a telephone number associated with the calls, and he obtained a search warrant for a house in Spokane, miles from the correct location in suburban Spokane Valley, Knezovich said.
The irate homeowner told The Spokesman-Review, which did not identify him at his request, that deputies dumped out drawers, went through his wallet and checkbook, seized computers, CDs, floppy disks, VHS tapes and other material and refused to clean up the mess in the raid Sept. 27.
A half-dozen sheriff's vehicles converged on the house, and after taking photos outside, Hines told officers within hearing of the neighbors, "Now let's go inside and get some porn," the owner said.
Inside, the man said, a female deputy "giggled" about remarks at his expense.
"It's like the gang that can't do it right," he said. "They shoot themselves in the foot, and then they all come to make peace.
Hat tip- Don Surber
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