Mom Claims Cops Pointed Gun At 6-Year-Old Autistic Boy, Then Bodycams Show Truth

After LaDonna Clark complained to the City Council, Raleigh police released video of what actually happened on Nov. 14.

Raleigh, NC – A mother of a six-year-old autistic child claimed officers pointed guns at her son and elderly parents while they were serving a warrant at their home, but the bodycam footage tells an entirely different story (video below).

The Raleigh Police Department (RPD) released bodycam footage on Feb. 15 from a search warrant served on Nov. 14, 2018, after a woman complained to the Raleigh City Council that the SWAT team had pointed rifles at her family.

Police searched the home located in the 3300-block of Friar Tuck Road because it was the last known address of Brian Lamonte Clark, who had robbed an AT&T store just three days prior, RPD explained in a press release.

They were also looking for evidence related to the armed robbery, police said.

LaDonna Clark told the City Council on Feb. 5 that after they pointed guns at her family, police forced them to sit outside in cold weather for an hour, the Charlotte News & Observer reported.

“On a 35-degree and rainy night, my son with autism was forced out of a home with military-style rifles aimed at him and made to sit on the cold, wet ground for well over an hour by [the police] SWAT [team],” LaDonna Clark complained.

But she wasn’t even there.

Her mother and father – Wanda and Michael Clark – were babysitting their grandson that evening, IndyWeek reported.

“Having guns pointed at a six-year-old was extremely frightening and completely unnecessary,” Wanda Clark wrote in a Nov. 19, 2018 complaint to RPD. “Even now, I still have nightmares about those guns being pointed at me and my grandson.”

LaDonna Clark asked RPD to investigate, but then refused to allow police to interview the family in person, IndyWeek reported.

Instead, she went to the North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and City Councilman Corey Branch to complain.

ACLU policy counsel Susanna Birdsong told IndyWeek there was never a reason to point a rifle at a child, and called for an investigation.

“Especially when we are talking about an elderly couple and a six-year-old with special needs. Just thinking about the emotional and mental harm that has caused is really disturbing and is, unfortunately, just another example of unnecessary escalation by the police when what they should have been doing in that circumstance is deescalating,” Birdsong said.

Michael Clark also wrote a scathing complaint to the police department about his experience.

“I truly hope these unethical, dastardly, and antagonistic officers are disciplined, because the next innocent person may not be so blessed to not be killed,” he wrote.

Raleigh police investigated all of the Clarks’ allegations and responded by releasing all of the bodycam video footage from the scene that night, along with an explanation of what actually happened.

Nowhere in any of the videos can an officer be seen pointing a weapon at any of the Clark family members, including the child.

“While members of [SWAT team] did have rifles, they kept them pointed at the ground or away from people at all times while the Clarks were exiting and outside the home,” the release said.

The video showed that the police used an armored car to block the driveway of the home.

Then officers called the Clarks on the phone and explained why they were there, and asked everyone to come outside.

All of the officers were a good distance away, behind cover, as first Michael Clark, and then his wife and grandson, exited the home to police commands, RPD said in the release.

Officers can be heard telling them to walk backwards to them very faintly in the distance. In the video, no officers could be seen in close proximity to the house.

Also, the family had not been forced to sit outside in the cold for an hour, as LaDonna Clark alleged.

“Additionally, the footage from the body worn cameras shows that Mr. Michael Clark was outside for approximately 19 minutes and Mrs. Wanda Clark and their grandson were outside for approximately 13 minutes,” the police department said.

Police said Michael Clark left the house at 5:19 p.m. and the other two followed at 5:25 p.m.

Wanda Clark initially came out of the house right after her husband, but went back in to help her grandson get dressed, police said.

Bodycam video showed that as soon as officers has cleared the house, the family was allowed to go back inside and sit on the sofa while officers finished executing the search warrant.

“While we understand and respect that this was a difficult and challenging situation for the Clark family, the members of the Raleigh Police Department carried out their difficult and dangerous police responsibilities professionally, with respect, and in accordance with law and policies,” the police department said in a statement that shut down additional complaints about the matter.

Watch bodycam video of the incident in the video below. WARNING - Uneventful content:

Comments (42)
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THEDUKE
THEDUKE

LaDonna is just one in a long line of liars in her own community

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

NOW arrest the BLM Bitch for a HATE CRIME against police.

Ghost31289
Ghost31289

Hey, ACLU. How them bodycams workin’ out for ya?

J10107
J10107

LaDonna Clark, Michael Clark & ACLU Counsel Susanna Birdsong should all be charged with filing false reports to government agencies.

ACLU Counsel Susanna Birdsong should be also be disbarred for making Slanderous and Defamatory statements about the police actions prior to having any information which confirmed her live television and newspaper testimony.

GeeGirl
GeeGirl

Looks like she was trying to set things up to get a lawsuit going against the Police and have a payday, she should be ashamed of herself and it also looks like she's trying to stir up hate against the Police!

Sgt961
Sgt961

Just BLACK LIES MATTER, chimp!!

Winddancer436
Winddancer436

I am so sick of these lying POS

stooge819
stooge819

And zero mention of the felon family member who got this whole ball rolling.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

Another case where body cameras showed that they are trying advert the attention off of the reason they were there. Furthermore another one has been caught in a lie. I mean you can see the body cams on there chest and they still want to lie. She is the one living with a thug that has cause the police to be there. To bad she can’t be charged with filing a false report. So much time and money being wasted on s lie! Thugs!!!

CrybabyDemoLibTard
CrybabyDemoLibTard

And now I am sure that each and every one of those officers has nightmares everynight recounting the vicious, slanderous and libal lies told about them to the public by the leftist media and other hate groups. It’s time to start striking back by suing those responsible for this crap against law enforcement!!! Don’t be like the Republican Senate and Congress we have by just letting them lie! If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times—SUE them!!! You have all the proof you need in the videos and investigation. SUE THEM ALL!!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I'm shocked, shocked I say, that another black person would fabricate a story! Who would have thought that a fine upstanding citizen who was harboring a robbery suspect would do such a thing?!

RPG156
RPG156

The Liberal Lotto....

Marine1958
Marine1958

This person needs to be hauled into court and to make a public apology to these officers. Lying ass. Hope she gets hers. Thank you officers.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Should be mandatory bodycams on all warrant service. They are saying that there is no bodycam footage on the recent Houston raid where the police murdered that couple. In this day and age, such a thing should not be. Glad officers behaved themselves better on this one.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Any bets on when we should get a public apology from LaDonna Clark, made during a council meeting, that should be directed to the men and women of the Raleigh Police Department?

After all, she made these baseless accusations, slandering the men and women in law enforcement, that had 0 facts behind them. She did make the accusations in public, so it's only right that she admit she made the whole thing up.

61mouse
61mouse

Need to start charging these assholes . And then go after the ACLU .

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

She claimed that police pointed a gun at her 6 year old grandson yet didn't give a hoot that they were trying to protect a freakin criminal. She is a lying witch looking to file a law suit in hopes that a big wind fall of $$$ would fall in her lap by making false accusations against the police.

61mouse
61mouse

I love watching Live PD and the only ones that bitch about being on video are the blacks. But they have no problem videoing LEOs especially if the LEO needs help

NomonK
NomonK

Is there any way these people can be charged with these false accusations? There must be some way to stop these liars and future ones from lying like this.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

Another BLM lying family on full display. And of course, leftist politician and ACLU jumps on it without finding facts. Same old story repeating itself over and over again. Cry "Wolf" once often, they may really get a wolf on their ass.

Achmsons
Achmsons

Another false claim. No lotto this time

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

The Courts need to start giving serious fines, jail time or both for 1. Lying under Oath. 2. Inciting racial tension against Law Enforcement. TAKE THESE RACE-BAITERS DOWN. OR THESE FALSE ALLEGATIONS WILL CONTINUE.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

She thought she would sue n get lots of money..thank God for the body cams. Now charge this lying entire family

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Are they smollets long lost relatives?? Lol

Duder1897
Duder1897

She should be executed for lying and attempted murder.

LtDan
LtDan

I think they should sue them and the ACLU for these lies and attempting to create more racial division and civil unrest and the money used for more training and equipment for the police. Give them(law enforcement)more options when trying to carry out their duties safely for them and the public

LynnSB
LynnSB

So WHY aren't these POS being ARRESTED for FALSE REPORTS and WHY isn't there ANY APOLOGIZES from "North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and City Councilman Corey Branch, ACLU policy counsel Susanna Birdsong" Running there mouths BEFORE they even know what REALLY HAPPENED !!! DISGUSTING POS !!!!

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Exodus 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

JPillow
JPillow

Why is the African american community always looking for a handout? Rather than work for it?

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Another black looking for the big payday