BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The East Baton Rouge Metro Council is looking into the effectiveness of police chases and search warrants.

This comes after two high school students in Brusly were killed in a police chase a few weeks ago. Now, the public is also speaking out about excessive searches.

“They flash banged, shoutout slammed the TV,” said Erica Rayford, homeowner. “They completely tore my screen door and glass door.”

Baton Rouge Police officers executed a search warrant at Erica Rayford’s home on New Year’s Eve. The search happened while she was out of town.

“I’m on the phone listening to them and telling them please don’t tear up my house, no one is there, what’s going on?” she said.

Law enforcement was looking for Rayford’s grandson. She’s now left to clean up and pay for the damage on her own.

“I don’t feel safe anymore,” said Rayford. “I don’t feel secure and I don’t feel like I can trust the police at all.”

East Baton Rouge Councilman Cleve Dunn Jr. is getting involved. He’s asked Baton Rouge Police and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office for reports on how many properties are being damaged from an executed warrant. He also wants to know how many injuries and deaths are caused by police chases every year.

“I want to look at the data and see how much of those incidents are happening and how much it’s costing the city-parish government and ultimately the taxpayer,” said Dunn.

Dunn says excessive searches are a problem because sometimes the person police are looking for, has nothing to do with property owners.

Property owners can be reimbursed. Dunn says that’s great but, that’s not good for the city-parish.

“If we’re found liable and creating damages that are not justifiable, then that liability goes on to city-parish and BRPD and ultimately a taxpayer pays for that,” said Dunn.

Rayford, a grandmother of 13, says something needs to be done about excessive searches.

“Anxiety has kicked in,” she says. “You know, just not knowing If you’re going to knock on my door, come in here and do this again of your free will.”  

Meanwhile, Dunn says the search at Rayford’s home is unjustifiable.

“She communicated that no one was home, and I even understand him not believing that and breaching the home and entering the home. But the problem I have is you did enter the home, there was no one there like she said, and their home was damaged severely,” he said.

Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office will give a report on pursuits and search warrants to the metro council on Feb. 8. The meeting is open to the public.