GARLAND, Texas The two-story home at the end of the cul-de-sac is days away from going on the market.

I don't feel safe here at all, said Jon Locke, who owns the house.

He isn't concerned about criminals, but instead is worried about Garland police after reviewing the images his surveillance cameras recently recorded.

We lost that trust in GPD. It's time for us to go, Locke added.

Garland police had an arrest warrant for Locke's brother, who does not live at the address. Still, two officers showed up looking for him when the family wasn't home, according to surveillance video reviewed by News 8.

The images show one officer open Locke's truck and then dig through a bag of papers outside.

A second officer is seen at the back of the house peering through several large windows. When the policeman sees a surveillance camera watching him, the officer walks up to it and twists it off its mount, leaving it aimed at a brick wall.

After looking through the windows and displacing my camera, [the officer] did open the [back] door here which was unlocked at the time and opened it up two to three feet, stuck his head in, and then closed the door, Locke said.

Garland police told News 8 that Internal Affairs is still investigating what happened at Locke's home, and the department cannot yet comment officially. But Bill Wirskye, an outside attorney who has seen the surveillance video, said it appears officers went too far without having either a search warrant or the homeowner's permission.

The law gives them a little bit of leeway if they have reasonable suspicion to think a fugitive is in the house, but here clearly that didn't exist, Wirskye said. They had plenty of signs that no one was there and they just took it too far.

Garland police suggested to Locke that officers were within their rights to do what they did. Police said the officer moved the camera to stay safe in case the suspect was watching him from inside.

The department has neither issued an apology nor reimbursed Locke for breaking the mount of his camera.

Locke wants an apology, his camera fixed, and the Garland officers charged with a crime.

Regardless, he said he's so unnerved by the experience, he's still moving out of Garland.

This story was first reported by The Dallas Morning News.


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