Police to pay homeowner after raid at wrong house

ATLANTA -- Police have agreed to pay for damages to a northwest Atlanta home -- three months after officers knocked in 87-year-old Mattie Walker's door while serving a search warrant in May.

The Atlanta Police Department now readily admits that officers were at the wrong house. A police spokesperson says officers were investigating an alleged sexual assault. According to police, the victim told investigators she'd been attacked at Walker's home, but officers say they realized they were in the wrong place as soon as they knocked in the door.

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"I apologize to her on my behalf," Atlanta City Councilman C.T. Martin said. Martin questions the Police Department's handling of the incident. He believes that Walker, who lives in his district, is owed an apology as well as the costs of repairing the door.

Walker's daughter filed the paperwork in June to be reimbursed the roughly $180 it cost to repair he mother's door. But months later, the city had yet to pay Walker back.

"I live off my social security from month to month," Walker said. "I look forward to getting that check so I can pay my bills."

Living on a fixed income, Walker says the repair costs took a big bite out of her monthly budget.

After several calls to police and city hall on Mrs. Walker's behalf, 11Alive learned police arrange to meet with the family Thursday to sign over the reimbursement check.


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