Activist demands justice, alleging veteran’s home was unlawfully raided by Harris County Sheriff’s deputies

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HOUSTON— Community activist Deric Muhammad held a press conference Thursday to address the  Harris County Sheriff's Department's handling of an unlawful drug raid of Monica McGinnis.

"As a community activist and as her spokesperson today we demand that somebody be held accountable there is no such thing as justice without accountability," said Muhammad.

The incident occurred in February 2017 when officers entered McGinnis' home and placed her in the backseat of a police car while they raided her home for drugs.

"When they came in, I was not decent," said McGinnis. "They ran through here and stripped me of my peace."

According to Muhammad, several police cars blocked off the streets to the neighborhood and the officers told McGinnis they were searching for marijuana.

"Not only did you raid the home of an innocent woman, you raided the home of a veteran. Someone who has fought to make certain that we maintain these 'quote un quote' freedoms that the constitution are supposed to guarantee us," said Muhammad.

McGinnis' husband, a decorated U.S. veteran, was serving in Afghanistan at the time of the raid, which lasted two hours. Nothing was found.

"My husband is off working. Do you know how I feel sleeping with one eye open?" asked McGinnis. "I don't know when they're coming back. I don't know what all this was for, I want justice."

McGinnis said she was later told that a teacher at Green Forest Elementary, where her 7-year-old grandson with special needs is a student, found a green leafy substance near the boy's desk.

The student was allegedly taken to the principal's office where he shared details that led them to believe his grandmother had large quantities of marijuana in her attic.

There were no parents present at the time of the boy's interrogation, which lasted for hours, according to McGinnis.

"They interrogated my grandson all day! The teacher said a baggy sack was in the middle of the floor where he was sitting. The Sheriff said it fell from his pocket. Which one was it?" said McGinnis.

After several failed attempts to obtain police reports and other documents, the department informed McGinnis that her file had been closed on Oct. 13, 2017 with no explanation, apology or accountability.

"Til this day, I haven't received any type of report. Where is the marijuana?" said McGinnis. "You don't have any marijuana. A whole year we've had no feedback."