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SWAT raid video at center of EPD lawsuit released

14 News has obtained new video from an incident where Evansville SWAT team threw flash bang grenades into a southside home in 2012.

Louise Milan filed a lawsuit against the city claiming that Evansville Police violated her rights by unreasonable search and seizure, use of excessive force, and wrongfully detaining her and her daughter.

Back in June 2012, Evansville Police say they raided her Powell Ave. home looking for a suspect who had posted threats about police officers and their families.

In the video shot by a helmet cam, you can see officers approaching Milan's home. The storm door is closed, but the front door is open.

Officers bang on the door and announce they are police officers with the third ward as two flash bang grenades are thrown in the home.

When officers made entry, an 18-year-old girl was found lying on the floor. She was handcuffed at gun point.

Her 68-year-old mother was detained in another part of the home.

Evansville Police did have a search warrant that identified the threat was coming from an IP Address in the home.

Police later learned Derrick Murray was making those threats with his cell phone connected to the wireless internet router in Milan's home.

Murray pleaded guilty in federal court and was sentenced.

Milan wants a jury trial, but the city wants a judge to decide.

This week, city attorneys filed a brief maintaining that the raid was done so after a threat assessment identified the online threats could be legitimate.

Documents show the officers were respectful to Milan and her daughter, and that they were not injured during the search.

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