Brownsville mom says police held her at home for 16 hours

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BROWNSVILLE -

A Brownsville woman says police officers entered her home under false pretenses and detained her family for the better part of a day.

Rolinda Walls says the officers arrived at her home in the Van Dyke Houses in search of her 27-year-old daughter Nikia Ballinger just before midnight on Oct. 21.

She says the officers were not wearing uniforms, but she let them in anyway.

"He said, 'Can we see?'" Walls says. "I said no problem. I stepped back. I have nothing to hide."

The officers came in, searched the apartment and found marijuana joints in her older son's room.

They told her to call her son, she says, and threatened to arrest her if she didn't. But he didn't answer his phone, and she says the officers held her there for 16 hours.

Furthermore, Walls says that when she wanted to sleep, the officers wouldn't let her use her own bed and made her sleep on the couch.

Police say they are reviewing the allegations.

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