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Family in Metro East for funeral says they were wrongfully targeted by police

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PONTOON BEACH, IL. (KMOV.com) -- With guns drawn and K-9 dogs ready, they were wrongfully targeted by police. A family from Huntsville, Alabama said that's what happened to them during their stay in the Metro East, but Pontoon Beach Police said it was all a misunderstanding. 

Drew and her father, Russell Dayton, along with the rest of their family, were in town for a funeral.

"We haven't even had a chance to mourn the loss of our grandpa. This has been so traumatic," said Jessica Drew. 

The family recently departed from Pontoon Beach after a horrible stay, and are back home in Alabama.

"We are traumatized. I am a veteran and I've never had a gun in my face," Dayton said. 

On Tuesday at 5:30 a.m., Drew said there was a loud knock at the door and her brother answered. 

"As soon as he unlocked the door, all of a sudden the door gets pushed in, flash lights, men in dark clothing, 'put your hands up and come out with your hands up,'" she said describing the scene. 
 
She said the police swarmed in their room. 

"They keep yelling, 'Who are you?' 'What do you drive,' and 'Why are you here?' At that point, they hear that I say I am driving the black Honda, they say 'come with me," said Drew. 

In surveillance video, Drew is seen walking out of the room with officers.

Police said they were there because the Alabama plate on her car came up stolen.

"They led me back into the hotel, at that point the gentleman that did most of the talking from Pontoon Beach said 'I feel like an idiot.' I said, 'you should,'" Drew said. 

The Pontoon Police Chief said it was all a misunderstanding. 

"It is still a mystery how it [the license plate] got on that car and so I would love to know, probably will never find out but, in fact, if that would have been the carjackers in the room, our officers would have been heroes," Police Chief Christopher Modrusic said. 

As for how the officers reacted, Modrusic said that is protocol. 

"They don't know who they are encountering. We don't know who is behind that door, if they are the suspects in the carjacking, or if they are armed," he said. 

The family doesn't agree. 

"What if that was their family, how would they feel?" said Drew. 

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