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Brahim Asseban viewed the damage in his home after police left. “I thought they were going to shoot me,” he said.

Residents rip police after lengthy SWAT standoff

REVERE — For years, the pearly white duplex at 22 Francis St. has been a haven for a group of Moroccan immigrants. But in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday morning, it was dramatically upended by a SWAT team that converged on the home.

In a statement, Revere police said officers responded to a “shots fired call” at 4:30 a.m., then called in the special operations team after residents refused to come out.

However, residents of the three-unit building, most of whom said they are naturalized citizens from Morocco, tell a much different story and are accusing the police of being overly aggressive, causing unnecessary damage to their home and ruining their reputations.

No gunfire was exchanged in the home, according to six men who live in the building. The men, who were detained for questioning and released, said they were sleeping when police arrived. They said they were startled and shaken by police blaring orders over

Source: Astead W. Herndon GLOBE STAFF  


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