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House raid ends with no drugs or arrests, but police say they were on target
Chicago Tribune ^ | October 10, 2012 | Robert McCoppin

Posted on 10/11/2012 9:58:26 AM PDT by Altariel

Paul Brown was working on his computer in his north suburban home when police smashed in the front door, pointed guns at and handcuffed him and other family members, and ransacked the house in a search for drugs.

The authorities had burst in immediately after a postal worker delivered a package to the home that they said contained marijuana. But a search of the house found no further contraband, and officers left without making an arrest.

Brown, outraged, said he was sure the cops had the wrong house. Police maintained they had the right place, but the target of their investigation wasn’t there at the time.

Brown, a 58-year-old who works in building design, said he supports law enforcement in general. But he said innocent bystanders shouldn’t be subject to such dangerous and damaging searches without any compensation.

“I was scared to death,” he said. “I really felt like a hostage. These guys are supposed to be on my side.”

The package delivered to the home in a middle-class neighborhood on Adelphi Avenue was addressed to someone named Oscar, who Brown said has never lived there and is unknown to him.

Brown would have liked police to pay for the $3,000 leaded-and-stained-glass door, lock and frame they broke, to clean up the mess they made, and to apologize. Police say that won’t happen.

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Another isolated incident
1 posted on 10/11/2012 9:58:32 AM PDT by Altariel
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To: Altariel

Get a nasty-faced lawyer.
They’ll change their tune.


2 posted on 10/11/2012 10:00:55 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: Altariel

Gawd. I’m thinking these off-target, damaging, often fatal to pets, occasionally fatal to innocent citizens no-knock raids will continue right up until a Senator gets killed in one. And then those in power will take notice.


3 posted on 10/11/2012 10:01:41 AM PDT by verum ago (Some people must truly be in love, for only love can be so blind.)
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To: Altariel
Brown would have liked police to pay for the $3,000 leaded-and-stained-glass door, lock and frame they broke, to clean up the mess they made, and to apologize. Police say that won’t happen.

Seems like they could knock first, and then smash the door in.

In the absense of a knock, they should have to replace the door and frame. Plus something extra for his trouble.

I would be on the phone with a lawyer about now.

4 posted on 10/11/2012 10:02:55 AM PDT by marron
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To: Altariel

makes ya wonder who’s really on drugs .


5 posted on 10/11/2012 10:04:03 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Altariel

Life in the liberal socialist USSA utopia.


6 posted on 10/11/2012 10:06:02 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Altariel
"officers knocked on the door and announced themselves, and waited an unspecified "reasonable" amount of time, as required by law before breaching the door, Sullivan said."

Beware of increasing installations of front porch IEDs.

7 posted on 10/11/2012 10:06:21 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Altariel

Make it a crime to enter raid a house “by mistake.” Mandatory sentencing.


8 posted on 10/11/2012 10:07:40 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Altariel

““I understand when you walk away (without an arrest), that brings up a lot of questions,” Sullivan said. “But there’s a series of checks and balances … to make sure we’re doing everything right. We are concerned about the public as much as they are about themselves.””

Translation: We can bust down whatever doors we want, terrify private citizens, including the elderly 77 year old mother-in-law, and refuse to pay for the damage but don’t worry, we said “checks and balances”, so you can go back to sleep, Citizens, this won’t happen AGAIN!” (turns to his men): “Which peasant are we raiding next?”


9 posted on 10/11/2012 10:08:12 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: marron

Here’s a notion: How about they knock, wait at the door with the warrant, and NOT act like King George’s soldiers busting down doors “in the name of the king”.


10 posted on 10/11/2012 10:19:35 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel
Paul Brown was working on his computer in his north suburban home when police smashed in the front door, pointed guns at and handcuffed him and other family members, and ransacked the house in a search for drugs.

The authorities had burst in immediately after a postal worker delivered a package to the home that they said contained marijuana.

A small price to pay to defend the nation's Cheetos supply.

Sullivan said police have to enter such raids in a rush with overwhelming force, to prevent people from flushing or destroying evidence

Because having to flush the pot you paid good money for isn't nearly enough punishment.

11 posted on 10/11/2012 10:20:37 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: verum ago

Some lefties are using “swatting” as a tactic to target their political enemies, make fake reports to police that there is a hostage situation somewhere. So, it may just be a matter of time before that happens.


12 posted on 10/11/2012 10:25:42 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Altariel
Here’s a notion: How about they knock, wait at the door with the warrant, and NOT act like King George’s soldiers busting down doors “in the name of the king”.

Exactly.

13 posted on 10/11/2012 10:29:26 AM PDT by marron
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To: Boogieman

“Some lefties are using “swatting” as a tactic to target their political enemies, make fake reports to police that there is a hostage situation somewhere. So, it may just be a matter of time before that happens.”

Indeed. I fear it is only a matter of time before Freepers begin vanities with “The SWAT team just left my house——”


14 posted on 10/11/2012 10:34:35 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

“The MEG unit worked with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which provided an investigator to deliver the package, Sullivan said.”

Sweet! So now all the State *thinks* it has to do to “justify” raiding you is to arrange for a “suspicious” package to be delivered before the raid, and voila! Probable cause!

The State is pleased with its resourcefulness of its Knights of the realm and Other Employees, Citizens!


15 posted on 10/11/2012 10:37:17 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

I’m surprised they didn’t shoot the family dog as long as they were there.


16 posted on 10/11/2012 10:55:34 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: SaraJohnson

It already *is* a crime to illegally enter a home.

Laws don’t stop criminals.


17 posted on 10/11/2012 10:56:11 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: GreenHornet

Apparently they were satisfied that the “peasants” within were sufficiently cowed and awed by the Knights in their presence without that measure.


18 posted on 10/11/2012 10:59:53 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

We live in the effing Soviet Union! We could have saved the Russians a lot of trouble by surrendering 50 years ago, instead of now.


19 posted on 10/11/2012 11:03:24 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Altariel

“I fear it is only a matter of time before Freepers begin vanities with “The SWAT team just left my house——””

Not gonna happen. Caus’right after they shoot the family dog handcuff mom, dad and all the kids and force Grandma to the floor with her broken hip, they will confiscate the puter.


20 posted on 10/11/2012 11:08:02 AM PDT by READINABLUESTATE ("We must hang together, gentlemen...else, we shall most assuredly hang separately." - Franklin)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

“Get a nasty-faced lawyer.”

Get a nice Jewish lawyer, dressed in Hasidim garb affiliated with the ACLU. That I’ll do it.
BTW I am not anti-Semitic just a realist.


21 posted on 10/11/2012 11:08:39 AM PDT by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: SaraJohnson

“Make it a crime to raid a house ‘by mistake’”

It is a crime: breaking and entering. Also, illegal search. They just don’t enforce it because cops are above the law unless it affects some politically important group or person.


22 posted on 10/11/2012 11:24:10 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Altariel

“How about...”

No, because their convenience trumps your rights. SCOTUS says so. The chance that a peep will escape or evidence be destroyed constitutes an emergency akin to damsels in distress.


23 posted on 10/11/2012 11:27:39 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Altariel
I fear it is only a matter of time before Freepers begin vanities with “The SWAT team just left my house——”

If they start with the drug war defenders, that'll at least be a silver lining in the cloud.

24 posted on 10/11/2012 11:44:10 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: Altariel
The authorities had burst in immediately after a postal worker delivered a package to the home that they said contained marijuana.

Mr. Brown needs to have a little, ahem, discussion with his mailman.

25 posted on 10/11/2012 11:45:09 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (November 6th is the tipping point for freedom in America.)
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To: duckman

Or a very large Greek gentleman...


26 posted on 10/11/2012 11:57:51 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: SaraJohnson
"Make it a crime to enter raid a house “by mistake.” Mandatory sentencing."

Then they will just plant drugs (more often than now) on the innocent and never make a "mistake" again.

27 posted on 10/11/2012 12:18:39 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: READINABLUESTATE

I don’t believe I claimed the post was coming from the home computer / laptop.

;-)

Seriously, not all Freepers post from their home computers, and most Freepers have access to multiple computers (work, library, relatives, friends, etc.)


28 posted on 10/11/2012 12:23:05 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: OB1kNOb

I wonder how long it will take Mr. Brown’s neighbors to realize that with a “suspiciously dropped off package”, they *too* can be the victims of a Government Employee Invasion?


29 posted on 10/11/2012 12:51:33 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

The Drug warriors have done a number on the US Constitution.


30 posted on 10/11/2012 2:58:36 PM PDT by microgood
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