Attorney Releases Video of Raid on DiMatteo's Home
El Dorado County prosecutors have charged him with felony counts of bribery, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. He has pleaded not guilty.
Former South Lake Tahoe City Councilman Ted Long has released a video of the August raid of Gino DiMatteo's home in hopes of showing people authorities have been overzealous in their pursuit of the former medical marijuana dispensary owner.
The video, shot across the street from DiMatteo's house, shows numerous SWAT team members surrounding and entering the home. One of the law enforcement officers can be seen throwing a stun grenade into the home's front hallway...
“I'm just hoping to show people that this is out of control,” Long said. “This could be your house. This could be you.”
DiMatteo was arrested Aug. 31. El Dorado County prosecutors have charged him with ...
Via News 4
(KRNV & MyNews4.com) - A video obtained exclusively by News 4 is raising new questions about how law enforcement handled an investigation into the possible bribery of a South Lake Tahoe City Council member.
The home video from neighbors of bribery suspect Gino Dimatteo you can see at least 12 armed swat team members throwing a flash bang into his house while trying to execute a search warrant.
“If anybody would have been in the hallway approaching the door, it probably would have killed them,” defense attorney Ted Long said. “This is crazy. This is cowboy. This is wild west and citizens ought to be frightened.”
Long says officers knew the house was empty because his client was already detained at a separate search of another location. Long says he had the keys to the house and was offering to go unlock it.
“How are you going to justify this when you've got the suspect in custody and an attorney standing there with a key saying I’ll corporate with you. How do you justify this?” he said...