Revere Police accused of excessive response following standoff

REVERE, MA (WHDH) - A Revere man believes he and his family were targeted after they were taken into custody and questioned following a standoff early Sunday morning.

Revere Police said they got a 911 call at around 4:30 a.m. reporting shots fired inside a triple decker apartment on Francis Street. Amin Kouhail said he and his family, naturalized citizens from Morocco, were all asleep and there was no gunfire.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” said Kouhail. “All I do is work, I don’t deal drugs, deal with guns, nothing.”

Police said four of the residents came out when they were ordered to and two refused. Two hours later, police said they fired tear gas inside the apartment.

All six residents were taken into custody and questioned before they were released. The residents said the police shattered their windows and left holes in the walls. Kouhail believes the 911 call came from a neighbor who wants them out of the neighborhood because they are Muslim.

Police said their response was justified and that the 911 call and their response are all under investigation.

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