Couple awaiting apology for police raid
FRISCO – Katie Rhodes and Josh Brudwick are awaiting an apology from police they feel is becoming overdue.”The offer’s on the table,” said Summit County Sheriff John Minor.The two were the involved in a drug bust gone awry July 25 when Summit County Drug Task Force members handcuffed them at a local restaurant and raided their Frisco condo looking for a methamphetamine lab. They found nothing, and left behind broken doors and strewn clothing, the couple said.
Minor, in a joint interview last week with Frisco Police Chief Tom Wickman and Undersheriff Derek Woodman, said he would personally apologize and deliver a check to cover the cost of damage to the condo. That cost has yet to be determined.Minor said he spoke with Rhodes’ mother, Judith, and offered to apologize to her daughter in person, present the check and offer counseling for the couple. He hasn’t heard back.Attorney Tim Mienert, who is representing Rhodes and Brudwick, said he hasn’t heard from anyone yet.”We don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said. “This only happened a week ago. Anything is possible; it takes time for these kinds of things to develop.”
Not much has developed, although a lot of questions remain.The Sheriff’s Office is still waiting for test results taken from the scene, notably those in the garage where officers said they smelled a flammable solution. Flammable materials are often used in the production of crystal meth – and are often to blame for lab explosions.”We still don’t have any answer for the odors,” Woodman said. “We speculated the Jeep might have had some sort of gas leak, but there was no evidence on the ground.”They have since heard that a man Frisco police said was leaving the apartment with a duffel bag and a trash bag might have been a neighbor heading out on a camping trip. The officer who witnessed that is out of town, so they are unable to follow up on that until his return.
“It’s kind of hard to say this fell apart,” Woodman said of the raid. “It still goes back to the information we had at the time. We reacted to that information in what we felt was the appropriate fashion. I don’t want to say the information was inaccurate, but certainly the end result was not anticipated.”Minor, who is running to keep his post in the November election, defends his task force’s actions.”A lot of people come up to me and say, ‘You had to go. You had to check it out.'” he said. “If we hadn’t, it could have been worse. I’m not going to stop being a cop. That’s just who I am.”