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A Black woman has her home raided by police after her white neighbor reported her for playing Malcolm X speeches too loudly.

According to Indy Week, a swarm of Garner cops banged on Mikisa Thompson’s door. Outside, police cars, with red and blue lights flashing, flooded the street, partially blocking traffic before the cops demanded that she and her family step outside. 

The cops then read her their warrant before searching her home - seizing a MacBook, an HP laptop, a computer monitor, computer speakers, seven iPhones, and an alarm clock.

“My children were terrified,” Thompson told the news outlet. “I was terrified that there was a whole bunch of men with guns in my house.” 

She stands accused of violating the town’s noise ordinance.

“The raid was officially insane and based on an unconstitutional statute,” says Thompson’s attorney, T. Greg Doucette. 

“Doing a midnight raid with nine officers—over a noise ordinance, of all things—is a disproportionate show of force that shows there’s something else at play. That’s the type of overkill that’s intentionally designed to terrorize and punish people, not to actually do what’s necessary for enforcing the case.”

Back in April, her neighbor Don Barnette called 911 to say that Thompson, who has a Black Lives Matter sign in front of her house, was playing “loud Islamic-Muslim preaching.” 

Officers attended her home three times before seizing her stereo.

Garner Police told Indy in a statement:

“Our officers did everything they could at the time to try and bring a peaceful conclusion to this issue before seizing the speaker,” Captain Joe Binns wrote in an email. 

“First, we warned Ms. Thompson and asked her to turn it down. When she refused and received a second complaint, we issued her a citation for violation of the ordinance. And finally, when she continued the loud and unreasonable noise, a search warrant was obtained and the speaker was seized. While I cannot make an inference as to whether Mr. Barnette took issue with the content of the noise, our officers were only concerned about how loud the noise was and the fact that we had a valid noise complaint from a neighbor.”

If convicted, Thompson faces a $500 fine.