“We Don’t Need a Warrant” — Cops Enter Home Through Window, Rip Infant From Mother’s Arms

April 17, 2016

Clark County, WA — In February, a family experienced a horrifying home invasion during which their children were taken from them, and they were assaulted. The father and husband, Ilya Petrenko caught the perpetrators on video — they were police officers with the Vancouver Police Department.

According to Petrenko, a call was made from Kentucky claiming that there was a domestic dispute, so officers were dispatched to their house.

The caller stated that Stephanie’s hands were broken. In the police dispatch during the standoff, officers acknowledged that there were no injuries to the wife’s hands or elsewhere. But the cops did not care; they were hell bent on getting into that house.

After more than an hour of asking the police outside to politely leave, Ilya began filming.

Police had guns and tasers drawn as they swarmed the house to attack this innocent family.

The entire time, the couple is demanding to see a warrant and they are told by the police that they do not need one.

The police insisted something was wrong and used their self-proclaimed authority to enter the house without a warrant believing that the welfare of the child or mother were in jeopardy. However, from the video and Stephanie’s own words, everyone was fine. The only people posing a threat to the Petrenko family were the Vancouver cops.

As police began to breach the house, Stephanie was assaulted. The traumatic instance of their baby being yanked from her arms was captured on video. The family was but helpless victims to the dozen armed agents — ostensibly there to help them [Ed. on the basis of hearsay evidence].

During the melee, police separated the couple and because Stephanie resisted the officers’ attempt to steal her 11-month-old baby, she was swarmed and attacked. While we cannot see what happened on the other side of the wall, the audio from the recording is clear.

There is a sound of a struggle, as Stephanie resists her assailants. She then goes silent. When we finally hear her again, she tell the officers, “you almost killed me,” describing how they had choked her unconscious.

According to Ilya, Stephanie was strangled until she lost consciousness and when she awoke, the assaulting officer was taking pictures and verbally conspiring with the other officers to imply Ilya had caused the injuries. However, video footage from before the police assault clearly shows that Stephanie’s neck and arms are free from bruises or marks.

Both Ilya and Stephanie were jailed following this incident, and despite the fact that an Aunt had arrived to care for the children, law enforcement insisted instead that the children be put in CPS custody.

Ilya and Stephanie continue the fight to get their children back more than a month later.

According to Ilya, VPD officers confiscated the iPhone and erased all evidence of their shocking abuse of power, including the statement that no warrant was needed to forcibly enter the home… fortunately, they were not aware that it had been uploaded to the iCloud.

Below is this disturbing video.

 Matt Agorist
Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. His prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.

Ryan James Fitzpatrick

The worst thing is these were lucky to have it saved to icloud, think of all those who did not, who will never be accounted for whose lives are destroyed. The problem is worse than it seems when their objective is to delete all evidence against them.
Andy Cripps

Wow highly distressing just watching it never mind experienced it.
So a report is made and they turn up to investigate, fair enough. Guns and tasers drawn? The evidence contradicted the report, house and occupants calm, no broken hands, the wife, no complaint or signs of being under husbands oppression.
If you tell someone to be calm after you’ve forced entry to their home, forcibly taken a child out of mothers arms stand in intimidatingly to oppress a man in his castle. Flagrantly challenging a mans natural instinct to protect his family – terrifying. How he remained calm…
The lack of empathy from the officer to the distress their escalation caused strikes me as borderline psychopathic? To respond to potential distress situation and actually cause more distress.
Joey Bach

Wow. I think a lawsuit would prevail.
1) Out of state call.
2) Call stated hands were broken.
3) Police verified that hands were not broken.
4) Definition of exigent: requiring immediate aid or action <exigent circumstances>
5) Police entered after an hour — this rules out exigent circumstances rule.
6) Seizure of baby — 4th amendment violation
7) Entering of home — 4th amendment violation.See More
Henry Hal Smith

Now ya think with all that going on, they would be able to get someone to take that case, thing is. LAWYERS/liars are part of the problem, they wont take cause they would be rocking the boat, judges hold kick ass of lawyers that take on cases like that, and they know it. so unless ya got the $$$$ you aint going anywhere with a case like this. sad to say.
Tim Personius

Henry Hal Smith I think you’re wrong on this one Henry…any lawyer would take this case, easy winner especially with this video!
Henry Hal Smith

Tim Personius oh? did i say it was not an easy winner? As you know Tim, Lawyers are Officers of the Court. So you think finding one to take this case would be easy, i beg to differ. and it seems that a few others think that I am right to that point. I will tell you this, i know for a fact it it not an open and shut case, 100% it is not.
Diane McGraw ·

I sued these same BASTARDS in Federal Court in 1997 and won. The judge read them the riot act and said they needed to be taken out back of the woodshed. I guess they forgot anything they may have learned that day. They need a refresher course.
Ruth White Wolf Bear ·

Having actually called the police and reporting abuse, and having an officer tell me “we cannot make him leave” to my face, I KNOW that these officers have no juristiction to do this. Praying for a followup to see what happens with them, and the family and hearing if they got their kids back yet.
Don Henning

Why would the cops delete the evidence if they were actiing lawfully? Obviously, they were unlawful. And to think that they lost their kids over a bogus call. These cops are either really dumb or just sick in the head…. they don’t see that the damage they do is far worse that anything that was going on in that house… especiallly considering that the injuries claimed in the call were not true.
Markus Arealius

It’s interesting to see and make a note of just how calm and non challant these armed agents of the state are while stepping all over these people in the name of just doing their job. They will walk all over you, step on you, shit on you, or even kill you if they like. They know they have the States back. They have been trained to be polite thugs.
How much evidence do we need to see on a daily basis, before the old “there’s always a few bad apples in every barrel” excuse stops working, even for those who were gullible enough to believe that in the first place?
Kenneth Carlsson ·

This should be such a simple thing really for their lawyer to get them a real nice settlement from both the city AND the police…. they used more force than necessary also going inside a house without a warrant is such a no no thing to do.
Hope they wins !!!
Ed Mustgofishin Szuszalski

The cops have probable cause due to the phone call they received, no warrant is needed. The cops also need training on how to defuse the situation, like looking at the fact her hands were not broken!
Martin Nuwey ·

Ed Mustgofishin Szuszalski So you’re saying, if someone from Europe called and reported there was a fire at your house and there CLEARLY isnt a fire… they still have probable cause to come through your door? Probable cause is bullshit a nosy cop uses to convince people to let them search/seize. There were clearly no exigent circumstances and they had no warrant. LAWYER UP BOYS.
Jeff Ex ·

Ed Mustgofishin Szuszalski Do you really believe there are no limits to “probable cause”? Watch how fast the city settles THIS one!
Nav Sog

Officers must be reprimanded and the officer in charge all the way to the top must be held accountable, dismissed for not obtaining a warrant. And the caller from Kentucky must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law allowable! And the city and county and state sued by the family for violations of their Constitutional rights!
Guy Kelley

Sue there sorry asses back to the stone age ! And watch 0ut for these rogue animals of the police state that we have allowed to be created, for next they are coming for you !
Steven Hohman ·

In what way would suing the police be of any help to anyone. It only make the taxpayer pay for the sins of other people. That is foolish.
Eric S Davis ·

Steven Hohman One Sue’s The Officer’s in Question in their Personal Compacity that way the tax Payers Do not Front the Bill then shit like this will Stop !
Jeff Thomas

As far as a report of a broken arm, both going to jail, the mother being choked, or the video being erased from the phone…that is complete hearsay according to what is presented to us here. Perhaps all or some of that happened and perhaps that report is so where is, but it’s not here so all we can judge is what is in this video.
I have been on both sides of the law so I am looking at it from both their point of views. What I saw was a very calm and patient officer the entire time. The father I applaud for keeping calm and trying to get her to stop when she started to act out, however his See More.
Tony Taybron

You said you were looking at it from both sides. I only heard one. Now imagine. You’re sitting in your house doing what you do and suddenly there is a knock at the window and it’s these cops. 12 of them. And you should do whatever they tell you? I wouldn’t give anyone that kind of power in my own home. Especially from out of no where. This reminds me of every war movie I’ve seen where the SS, the German army and Gestapo did anything they wanted to anyone they wanted at anytime they wanted. When did we become that? You can clearly see no arm is broken, which would immediately cause concern for me to question the call. You can clearly see that they woman doesn’t appear in any way under any duress from her husband. The fact that he is the way he is would also cause me to call the report under suspicion. For as long as they were there, they could have called the person back who made this report while standing outside the house. The couple wasn’t going anywhere.
Scott Free

Tony Taybron Spot on. Jeff Thomas, from reading your diatribe you are clearly a Nazi stooge and LEO apoligist.
Jeff Thomas

Scott Free why is it that anytime someone voice their opinion that differs they get called derogatory remarks? I learned in kindergarten to stop name-calling so that’s when I stopped. And I did look at it from both sides, it’s just the couple didn’t have the grounds to act the way they did (even though they thought they did). I’ve been involved in domestics. I’ve called 911 after being attacked w a hammer and 3 seperate knives and yet when the cops showed up they took us both to jail. I learned then to not ever call them again bc the guy always goes no matter what.
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George Carter

It all adds up to excellant training involved in teaching less than constitutional proceedures to the less than intelligent men and women that take on the authority of a badge. Way to go VPD, you are still the same after 40 years of indoctrination….
Jerome McCollom

There are exceptions to the warrant requirement, in particular in emergency situations. If one wants to argue this isn’t such a case fine, exceptions in possible spousal abuse the courts have recognized as an exception.
Peter Parker ·

It’s called exigency, or exigent circumstances. In many cases where the police claim exigent circumstances it’s proven improper. But the fact remains, they’ve already done what they were going to do, there’s nothing you can do about it, and they have qualified immunity.
Cathy McMahan

Peter Parker no they do not have immunity, Title 18 will take care of them
Adrienne Smith

They had several hours to confirm if the call was valid or a hoks. The call can from another state. The question next is who place the call and why. I wish there were phone recording to listen to so we can verify the reason for the call in the first place. If no one was injured, no furniture destroyed, no history of domestic issues, the accused has no issues of arrest, the child look healthy and not traumatized, this definitely could of been handled differently. Children got to see a man in blue grasping his gun when the parents are acting fearful for their lives. I want to see how this one ends up.
Harry Houston ·

For the purpose of Section 242, acts under “color of law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the their lawful authority, but also acts done beyond the bounds of that official’s lawful authority, if the acts are done while the official is purporting to or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. Persons acting under color of law within the meaning of this statute include police officers, prisons guards and other law enforcement officials, as well as judges, care providers in public health facilities, and others who are acting as publiSee More
Robert Gettinger ·

What bothers me is the fact that these officers destroyed evidence by erasing the video evidence. They should be fired, the prosecuted for doing so. These are not the acts of good, law abiding, professional peace officers. They’re a disgrace to all PO’s. Its a joke what idiots get badges today, what’s worse is they get guns and often commit murder which is ignored
Ed Hulit ·

This discust me, that must have been the lead douch bag on duty. He should be ashamed of his meager self, letting it get to that point he obviously don’t know his own law to protect anyone. I hope all the wannabe’s that entered the home were scared breaking and entering and assault. Just plain old shit I have a badge I can do what ever I want. Bullshit do that shit at my house and I’ll kill you as you come in with out my concent.
Michael ToombsShort ·

If the couple had just called 911 and reported the cops trying to enter their home without a warrant it wouldve been recorded with dispatch and it would be on file. And there is no way these officers would be able to tamper with that evidence in court. I am no lawyer but my dad was a cop and even I know what they did was illegal. That was the whole reason why we went to war with England so our civil liberties are no longer violated. Which all these cops violated every single one of them. This was an Illegal Home Invasion.
Lora Ritz ·

What pigs!! This shows an “anonymous tip” can and will result in your home being invaded and your kids stolen, by pigs who claim they are there to help. Pigs are the ones who often make these tips!
Arthur Whitehead ·

If only the couple had complied and opened the door and taken the assault like a man; maybe handed over some valuables or a BJ.
Izzy Thewonderdog ·

That’s only funny because it’s true
Wendy J. Colby ·

When people are in a group they behave as a gang.They feel protected by the numbers of them together and a feeling of anonymity.Identify individuals and hold all accountable for the actions of the group they are in.It is what they do to protesters and dissidents because it works.

About David Robinson

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