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  • SWAT Raids Wrong Home (Surprise-another one)

    09/14/2013 7:03:46 PM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 86 replies
    WTOC Savannah ^ | 9/12/13 | Alyssa Hyman
    <p>A home was heavily damaged after an operation to find gang members who are indicted on 97 counts.</p> <p>SWAT members were looking for Jashavious Keel. He is one of the suspects named in a Chatham County indictment. The district attorney's office said 14 West 61st Street is his last known address.</p>
  • Beware Warrior Cops

    08/21/2013 3:06:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2013 | John Stossel
    We need police to catch murderers, thieves and con men, and so we give them special power -- the power to use force on others. Sadly, today's police use that power to invade people's homes over accusations of trivial, nonviolent offenses -- and often do it with tanks, battering rams and armor you'd expect on battlefields. In his book "Rise of the Warrior Cop," Radley Balko recounts the rise of police SWAT teams (SWAT stands for Special Weapons And Tactics) armed with heavy military equipment. SWAT raids began as rarely used methods of dealing with violent situations, like hostage-takings. But...
  • Absurd Government Law Enforcement: The Great Organic Blackberry Raid

    08/19/2013 8:18:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Government officials do some really crazy things in the name of law enforcement.I recently wrote about an armed raid on an animal shelter in order to execute a baby deer.That was paramilitary overkill (pun intended), though it probably didn’t waste as many tax dollars as the regulatory overkill of the year-long sting operation by the Food and Drug Administration against an Amish farm for the horrible crime of selling unpasteurized milk to consenting adults who prefer unpasteurized milk.And let’s not forget Robert Norlander, the thuggish, dumpster-diving IRS agent, who sought to ruin the life of an innocent man because…well, for...
  • Police Mistake Tomato Plants for Marijuana, Destroy Farm (Video)

    08/14/2013 11:23:23 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 213 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 08/14/2013 | By Michael Allen
    Several residents at the “Garden of Eden” sustainability garden in Arlington, Texas, claim that local police raided their farm because they thought tomato plants were marijuana plants. The police reportedly damaged the garden's property and the crops during the Aug. 2 raid, which included a SWAT team (video below). “They came here under the guise that we were doing a drug trafficking, marijuana-growing operation. They destroyed everything,” said garden owner Shellie Smith to WFAA-TV. Apparently, an undercover officer and a helicopter surveillance crew believed there was probable cause that the wrong kind of plant was being grown in the garden and...
  • When Cops Don't Need a Warrant To Crash Through Your Door

    08/05/2013 6:15:09 AM PDT · by bamahead · 39 replies
    Reason ^ | July 31, 2013 | J.D. Tuccille
    The Fourth Amendment protects us from random invasions of our homes by police, right? We know we're secure in our "persons, houses, papers, and effects" unless the cops demonstrate probable cause to a judge and get a warrant. Except... Except when they don't. The fact of the matter is that police have a lot of leeway to bust your door down and take a look around if they fear that waiting for a warrant could lead to loss of evidence or danger to people. Or lead to something, anyway. That end run around the Fourth Amendment is called "exigent circumstances,"...
  • Man Dies in Police Raid on Wrong House

    04/24/2013 6:06:11 PM PDT · by Altariel · 82 replies
    ABC News ^ | Vicki Brown
    A 61-year-old man was shot to death by police while his wife was handcuffed in another room during a drug raid on the wrong house. Police admitted their mistake, saying faulty information from a drug informant contributed to the death of John Adams Wednesday night. They intended to raid the home next door. The two officers, 25-year-old Kyle Shedran and 24-year-old Greg Day, were placed on administrative leave with pay. “They need to get rid of those men, boys with toys,” said Adams’ 70-year-old widow, Loraine. John Adams was watching television when his wife heard pounding on the door. Police...
  • OUTRAGEOUS: Police In Boston Trample On Constitution

    04/24/2013 10:12:21 AM PDT · by KentuckyTim · 73 replies
    ConstitutionSchool.com ^ | April 24, 2013
    The terrorist attack in Boston and ensuing events in Watertown had everyone on edge, but shocking new home video from Massachusetts show law enforcement officers trampling over the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution – which guarantees “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures… and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” A video recently uploaded to YouTube by residents whose home was searched...
  • Watertown House to House police search

    04/24/2013 8:15:55 AM PDT · by jt2 · 47 replies
    How is it at all legal for the police to have coerced people from their homes during the house to house search that was conducted in Watertown MA last week? By 'coerced', I mean being told to leave their residence by police SWAT teams. When you have 10 police pointing rifles at you, yelling at your to get out of your house, I'd consider that coersion. These people were removed from their homes and forced to go someplace else. It appears that they were not 'allowed' back into their homes for hours. How is that possible in America? Were homeowners...
  • Grenade burns sleeping girl as SWAT team raids Billings home

    10/12/2012 6:06:51 PM PDT · by Altariel · 88 replies
    Missoulian.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Unknown
    A 12-year-old girl suffered burns to one side of her body when a flash grenade went off next to her as a police SWAT team raided a West End home Tuesday morning. "She has first- and second-degree burns down the left side of her body and on her arms," said the girl's mother, Jackie Fasching. "She's got severe pain. Every time I think about it, it brings tears to my eyes." Medical staff at the scene tended to the girl afterward and then her mother drove her to the hospital, where she was treated and released later that day. A...
  • House raid ends with no drugs or arrests, but police say they were on target

    10/11/2012 9:58:26 AM PDT · by Altariel · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 10, 2012 | Robert McCoppin
    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...
  • Indiana First State to Allow Citizens to Shoot Law Enforcement Officers

    06/12/2012 4:31:20 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 428 replies
    AllGov ^ | June 11, 2012 | Noel Brinkerhoff
    Police officers in Indiana are upset over a new law allowing residents to use deadly force against public servants, including law enforcement officers, who unlawfully enter their homes. It was signed by Republican Governor Mitch Daniels in March. The first of its kind in the United States, the law was adopted after the state Supreme Court went too far in one of its rulings last year, according to supporters. The case in question involved a man who assaulted an officer during a domestic violence call. The court ruled that there was “no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police...
  • Drones Pose a Threat to Americans' Privacy: Pressure is mounting to normalize the use of drones...

    05/24/2012 8:18:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 41 replies
    Reason ^ | May 23, 2012 | Gene Healy
    Pressure is mounting to normalize the use of drones in the United States. "Don't drone, me, bro!"—that's one way to sum up Charles Krauthammer's heated reaction to last week's news that the Federal Aviation Administration had loosened restrictions on local police departments' use of surveillance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. "Stop it here, stop it now," Krauthammer exclaimed on Fox News's "Special Report" Monday, "I don't want to see it hovering over anybody's home. ... I'm not encouraging, but I am predicting that the first guy who uses a Second Amendment weapon to bring a drone down that's been hovering over his...
  • Wrong house raided during drug search; police admit mistake

    04/01/2012 5:32:48 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 66 replies
    Fred Skinner, 76, of Victory, was caught off-guard on Tuesday when police officers broke through his front door during a drug raid, only to find out they had the wrong house Skinner said at least six police officers broke into his house, smashed through his porch door, and then his front door. The house at on McNeely Road was raided for drugs for over five minutes before police realized they had the wrong house by looking through his mail. After the police realized it was the wrong house, they took the handcuffs off him and left. Auburn police officers were...
  • Warrantless: Police raid wrong house (76 yr old stroke victim)

    03/25/2012 7:48:03 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 99 replies · 3+ views
    © Copyright 2012, AuburnPub.com, 25 Dill Street Auburn, NY ^ | Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2012 3:00 am | Justin Murphy
    There are few people less likely to sell drugs than Fred Skinner. The 76-year-old lives alone on Mc Neeley Road in Victory, getting by with help from neighbors. Much of his home has been quietly abandoned because he can’t get up and down the stairs; his son, also named Fred Skinner, said his mind “goes in and out.” Since suffering a stroke last July, he speaks haltingly, sleeps with an oxygen tank and has a pacemaker in his chest. Skinner doesn’t hear as well as he used to, but there was no missing the pair of crashes he heard late...
  • GBI investigating SWAT team shooting of Iraq war vet in Appling County standoff

    02/21/2012 8:54:11 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 53 replies
    jacksonville.com ^ | 21 Feb 2012 | Terry Dickson
    The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is probing the weekend shooting death of an Iraq war veteran in an armed standoff near Appling County’s Surrency community, Appling Sheriff Bennie DeLoach said. Neighbors of James M. Dixon III, 31, called the Sheriff’s Office about 3:50 a.m. Sunday to say someone had fired a shot through their house, DeLoach said in a release. Deputies went to Dixon’s house but decided for safety reasons to wait until daylight before confronting whoever fired the shot, DeLoach said. As they waited, Dixon left the house and drove to his parents’ house about a half mile away...
  • Oops! FBI uses chain saw on wrong door

    02/01/2012 11:34:20 AM PST · by The KG9 Kid · 77 replies
    MSNBC.com ^ | 2/1/2012 | By NBC News and news services
    A Massachusetts woman says the FBI used a chain saw blade to cut through her door and held her at gunpoint for at least 30 minutes before agents realized they were conducting a raid at the wrong home. Judy Sanchez, of Fitchburg, says she awoke to heavy footsteps in the stairwell on Jan. 26 and walked into her kitchen in time to see a blade chop through her door. "I took two steps, face the second door, and I heard the click of a gun, and saying, ‘FBI, get down,’ so I laid down on my living room floor,” Sanchez...
  • (Indiana) Senate: Citizens Should Have Right To Resist

    01/17/2012 11:10:10 AM PST · by digger48 · 14 replies
    Indy Channel ^ | January 17, 2012
    INDIANAPOLIS -- A Senate committee voted unanimously Tuesday morning in support of a bill that would allow homeowners to use force to resist an illegal police entry. The bill comes after a controversial Supreme Court decision in May that held that current Indiana law didn't allow homeowners to violently resist police officers under any circumstances. The bill specifies under what circumstances police could enter a home: with a warrant, in pursuit of a fleeing criminal suspect, to prevent someone from being harmed or at the invitation of a resident. Otherwise, a resident could use reasonable force, including a gun if...
  • Death of Utah Cop Unlikely to Change Future Drug Raids (UT)

    01/12/2012 7:07:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies · 1+ views
    opposingviews.com ^ | 11 January, 2012 | Lucy Steigerwald
    Six police officers were shot by Matthew David Stewart on January 4, one of them died. Officer Jared Francom was laid to rest today with thousands of mourners in attendance. Police are being pretty button-lipped about some of the basic questions about the case, though there have been strange reports in the last few fays that Stewart had a "possible bomb" in his house. CNN reported: "There was a device that was fashioned in a way that concerned those who found it that there were materials that could have been used as a bomb," Weber County Attorney Dee Smith told...
  • Botched raid costs Minneapolis $1 million

    12/10/2011 4:26:35 PM PST · by bamahead · 50 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | December 9, 2011 | COREY MITCHELL and RANDY FURST
    The Minneapolis City Council approved a $1 million settlement Friday after a botched drug raid in 2010 in which an officer threw a "flash-bang" grenade into a Minneapolis apartment burning the flesh off a woman's leg. The payout to Rickia Russell, who suffered permanent injuries, was the third largest payout for alleged Minneapolis police misconduct on record. --SNIP-- On the night of Feb. 16, 2010, 18 officers were executing a search warrant on the apartment at 5753 Sander Drive based on a tip that narcotics were being sold at the address by someone named David Conley. In what Bennett called...
  • The Pentagon Is Offering Free Military Hardware To Every Police Department In The US

    12/08/2011 8:32:00 AM PST · by Just4Him · 83 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/5/2011 | Robert Johnson
    The U.S. military has some of the most advanced killing equipment in the world that allows it to invade almost wherever it likes at will. We produce so much military equipment that inventories of military robots, M-16 assault rifles, helicopters, armored vehicles, and grenade launchers eventually start to pile up and it turns out a lot of these weapons are going straight to American police forces to be used against US citizens. Benjamin Carlson at The Daily reports on a little known endeavor called the "1033 Program" that gave more than $500 million of military gear to U.S. police forces...
  • Fullerton chief apologizes for raid on wrong home

    10/07/2011 12:25:09 PM PDT · by Immerito · 27 replies
    OC Register ^ | October. 5, 2011 | Lou Ponsi
    FULLERTON – Acting Police Chief Kevin Hamilton publicly apologized Tuesday night for four narcotics detectives mistakenly entering the wrong house while searching for a suspect. Hamilton, a captain filling in for the chief, who is on medical leave, also outlined during the City Council meeting several policy changes resulting from the incident. On Oct. 20, 2010, detectives entered the home of Chuck and Robyn Nordell, in the 200 block of Ventura Place. The suspect who police were looking for was actually in the house next door. The Nordells, along with their 23-year old daughter and 26-year old son, were home...
  • Endless Evil: The Drug War’s Continuing Collateral Damage, Part 1

    10/30/2011 11:58:33 AM PDT · by bamahead · 73 replies · 1+ views
    Future of Freedom Foundation ^ | October 27, 2011 | Radley Balko
    In September 2009, 28-year-old Jonathan Ayers pulled into a gas station in Stephens County, Georgia, to withdraw money from an ATM. Ayers, a pastor, had just given $23, all the cash he had in his pocket, to Johanna Barrett, a drug addict alleged to be a prostitute to whom Ayers had been ministering. His purpose was to help Barrett pay rent at the motel where she was living with her boyfriend. According to friends and family members, it wasn’t unusual for Ayers to give the money he was carrying to help those to whom he was ministering get out of...
  • Stockton Homeowner Wants Police To Fix Trashed House(SWAT hits wrong house)

    10/25/2011 6:19:49 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 60 replies
    CBS13 ^ | Ben Sosenko
    STOCKTON (CBS13) — The San Jose Police Department stormed into a Stockton home searching for an accused killer, but they left without him, and left behind a complete mess. “I feel like a war was taken on here, and we lost,” homeowner Joann Rice told CBS13. Almost all of the windows are smashed in, there are holes in the wall, and there’s a layer of tear gas in the air so thick breathing it in makes you cough. That is the home Rice came back to after the San Jose police held a fruitless 12-hour search on Saturday for Steve...
  • The Government's tactical assault on our liberty

    10/16/2011 11:23:47 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 23 replies
    Coachis Right ^ | 10/16/2011 | Doug Book
    Two centuries ago the Founders feared a strong, centralized federal government would establish a standing army, an irresistible force capable of crushing those rights of individual liberty which had been so carefully and deliberately crafted into the Constitution. Today that fear has been realized, not with the American military, but in the increasingly disturbing form of paramilitary units and heavily equipped tactical assault teams which exist in even small town police departments and bureaucracies within the federal government. In Waco, 80 lives were taken by masked SWAT team members driving armored vehicles in what one writer properly called an “…ATF...
  • Raid mistakenly targets TV reporter's home

    09/14/2011 8:32:03 PM PDT · by SmithL · 51 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/14/11 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    ALAMEDA -- Police and FBI agents arrested a drug suspect in Alameda on Wednesday, but not before mistakenly trying to raid a home across the street belonging to a network TV reporter and her political consultant husband. Alameda and Martinez police, together with FBI agents, pounded on the door of CBS News contributor Priya David Clemens and her husband, Alex Clemens, at their home on Lina Avenue at about 7 a.m. Alex Clemens, a political consultant and lobbyist in San Francisco, said he peered out the window and saw "four guns raised at my face." Several agents pulled him outside...
  • Does SWAT Need to Be Explained?

    09/13/2011 12:18:02 PM PDT · by Immerito · 37 replies
    Tactical Response ^ | September 2011 | Ed Sanow
    Does SWAT Need to Be Explained? Written by Ed Sanow I get frustrated with the educational sessions at chief’s conferences on SWAT. The attendees are treated like kindergarten kids. “There are some vewy, vewy bad people out there. They won’t do what the nice police officers tell them. So, sometimes, those nice police officers need help from ‘special’ police officers.” You got to be kidding me! Some 90% of agencies serving populations of more than 50,000 people, and 70% of agencies serving smaller populations have some kind of SWAT team. Yet, SWAT has to be explained like it is something...
  • SWAT Team Shaking Down the Family Dairy Farm

    08/30/2011 6:33:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2011 | Jeff Carter
    Last night I went to see the documentary Farmageddon in Chicago. I also stayed for the full panel discussion. The film is shocking. Documentaries are supposed to shock you. Michael Moore has made millions presenting slanted facts to us. Documentaries are designed to get you to do something. This documentary illustrates the plight of the organic farmer, specifically the organic dairy farmer. If a dairy farmer wants to sell raw milk, they will be run out of business and many times imprisoned by the federal bureaucracy. The USDA actively tries to run Raw Milk Producers out of the business. They work closely with agents from...
  • DEA Agents Raid Wrong House in Sterling Heights

    08/07/2011 12:06:38 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 37 replies
    Fox ^ | 8-1-11
    <p>STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (WJBK) - Drug Enforcement Agency Officers bust into a home in Sterling Heights, armed with a search warrant. The only problem? The guy they were looking for doesn't live there. Fox 2 talked to the man who opened the door, and was stunned by what happened next.</p>
  • Retired Military Translator's Home Reportedly Raided in DEA Mix-Up

    07/31/2011 10:58:06 PM PDT · by Psalm_2 · 179 replies
    myfoxdetroit.com ^ | July 31, 2011 | myFoxDetroit.com
    "As soon as I opened the door, somebody grabbed me and took me outside and put me on the grass," Tossa said. "The first thing I thought was they were terrorists who want to kill me because I served in Iraq." The DEA agents were executing a search warrant. “I kept asking, what’s going on?” he said. “And they held my neck to the ground so I can’t talk.” According to the report, the DEA was executing a search warrant for Tossa’s landlord’s son, who apparently uses Tossa’s one-story house’s address for mailing. “Before they raid any house, they should...
  • Police decision to shoot dog questioned

    07/28/2011 2:24:31 PM PDT · by Immerito · 70 replies
    ABC Local ^ | May 23, 2011 | Kelli O'Hara
    DURHAM (WTVD) -- Did a member of a Durham police SWAT team go too far when he shot and killed a dog during a raid in April? Some say it was unnecessary force. ABC11 cameras captured the incident at a home on Dunstan Avenue April 12. Officers were looking for Pete Moses and Vania Sisk. According to search warrants, Moses is a suspect in the disappearance of a woman and a 5-year-old boy. Sisk is the boy's mother.
  • No-Knock Warrants from the Department of Education?

    07/15/2011 4:40:08 PM PDT · by robowombat · 21 replies
    The Knox Update ^ | June 10, 2011 | Jeff Knox
    Knox Update - The Knox Update No-Knock Warrants from the Department of Education? By Jeff Knox ItÂ’s 6 AM and a groggy Ken Wright is getting ready to start the day. Thinking about jumping in the shower, getting the coffee on, and wake the kidsÂ… Suddenly noise from outside draws his attention and he looks out the window. He sees dozens of black-clad, armored men swarming on his lawn and now someone is pounding on the front door. As he starts down the stairs in his boxer shorts the front door shatters and the heavily armed men charge into the...
  • VIPR Searches and the American Citizen: 'Dominate. Intimidate. Control.'

    07/15/2011 4:15:37 PM PDT · by robowombat · 20 replies
    Rutherford institute ^ | July 5, 2011 | John W. Whitehead
    VIPR Searches and the American Citizen: 'Dominate. Intimidate. Control.' By John W. Whitehead 7/5/2011 "They're trying to scare the pants off the American people that we need these things... Fear is a commodity and they're selling it. The more they can sell it, the more we buy into it. When American people are afraid, they will accept anything."--Kate Hanni, passengers' rights advocate "Uncontrolled search and seizure is one of the first and most effective weapons in the arsenal of every arbitrary government...Among deprivations of rights, none is so effective in cowing a population, crushing the spirit of the individual and...
  • Napolitano’s V.I.P.R. Vows to “Dominate,Intimidate and Control”the American People

    07/15/2011 3:53:28 PM PDT · by robowombat · 64 replies
    Coach IS RIGHT ^ | July 15, 2011 | Doug Book
    Napolitano’s V.I.P.R. Vows to “Dominate,Intimidate and Control”the American People BY COACH COLLINS,ON JULY 15TH,2011 By Doug Book,staff writer Since its inception in 2002,the Department of Homeland Security has grown increasingly contemptuous of the rights of the American people. Indeed,the Gestapo-like tactics of one of the Department’s better known masters of overreach–the TSA–are responsible for countless examples of the organizations daily assault on the Constitution. But recently,another of Janet Napolitano’s handmaidens of harassment has begun to make news…albeit only on the web,of course. It is the TSA’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response task force–or VIPR. Organized into mobile swat teams,VIPR has...
  • Police raid wrong house in Struthers in drug sweep

    07/09/2011 10:19:08 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 81 replies
    Cops mistakenly converge on wrong home in Struthers By John W. Goodwin Jr. jgoodwin@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN A case of mistaken identity nearly roped a Struthers family into one of the largest drug sweeps in the area this year. Doreen Fox of Lewis Street, Struthers, was home with her 30-year-old son Wednesday morning preparing to leave for a doctor’s appointment when she noticed movement outside the home. She opened the front door to a flood of local and federal police. “They [police] were in my front yard, my rear yard; they had my house surrounded. When I opened the door to see...
  • Stolen assault rifle found in home of ex-Marine killed by SWAT

    06/23/2011 8:58:10 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 114 replies
    kold.com ^ | 23 June 2011 | Mindy Blake
    Tucson Police confirm that a weapon they found in Jose Guerena's home had been stolen in 2008. SWAT officers killed Guerena in his southwest side home last month when they went to serve a search warrant. Investigators say Guerena pointed an assault rifle at officers when they went in the house.
  • Lawmaker Seeks More Transparency for SWAT Team Raids

    06/20/2011 10:09:39 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/20/2011 | Ken Braun
    The part-time mayor of an upper middle class Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C. found himself and his mother-in-law handcuffed in his own home by a Prince George’s County SWAT team one July evening three years ago. His two black Labrador retrievers had been shot dead, the second one from behind as it fled the officers who had broken into the home in a ‘no knock’ raid as part of a drug investigation. Five months later, Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo and his entire family had been cleared of all wrongdoing and suspicion, but the county police were still refusing to...
  • Arizona SWAT Team Cleared in Former Marine's Killing

    06/14/2011 7:47:24 PM PDT · by sigzero · 102 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 14, 2011 | DEAN SCHABNER
    The SWAT team that gunned down a former Marine in his Tucson, Ariz., home was cleared today of any wrongdoing in the incident. Jose Guerena, 26, was killed in a hail of bullets from the SWAT team, which broke down the door to his home on May 5 while trying to serve a search warrant as part of a home invasion probe. Guerena did not fire a single shot in the incident, but Pima County Chief Criminal Deputy Attorney David Berkman said in the report issued today that the five SWAT team members were justified in using deadly force because...
  • SWAT Team Mania: The War Against the American Citizen

    06/14/2011 4:17:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 116 replies
    rutherford.org ^ | 13 June, 2011 | John W. Whitehead
    “He [a federal agent] had his knee on my back and I had no idea why they were there.”--Anthony Wright, victim of a Dept. of Education SWAT team raid The militarization of American police--no doubt a blowback effect of the military empire--has become an unfortunate part of American life. In fact, it says something about our reliance on the military that federal agencies having nothing whatsoever to do with national defense now see the need for their own paramilitary units. Among those federal agencies laying claim to their own law enforcement divisions are the State Department, Department of Education, Department...
  • Feds Raid Home Seeking Student Loan Repayment

    06/12/2011 3:18:23 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 20 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 11 June 2011 | John Semmens
    A federal SWAT operation kicked down the doors of Kenneth Wright’s home in a 6 A.M. raid because his wife, who no longer lives at the residence, failed to repay her student loan. Wright, who had been sleeping, was dragged out of the house in his underwear, thrown face down on the front lawn and held at gunpoint. His three children were not harmed. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan defended the harsh tactics. “Too many people are defaulting on their student loans,” Duncan pointed out. “The old system of pursuing collections through the courts may have been the only alternative...
  • Today I Learned The Department of Education Has a Police Force

    06/10/2011 1:52:30 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 17 replies
    Honestly, the first thing that comes to mind when I think “Department of Education” is No Child Left Behind, followed by a lot of trouble coming up with what else the DOE actually does in the government. Never in my life would I have thought that it contains its own set of federal agents that apparently have the power to raid people’s homes. Yet, that’s what happened on Tuesday morning, as a California man woke to find feds from the DOE breaking down his door. And it gets uglier: As Wright came downstairs in his boxer shorts, he said the...
  • The Case for SWAT Teams (Mend them, don't end them.)

    06/09/2011 10:11:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 8, 2011 | Mike McDaniel
    It’s a difficult time to defend SWAT teams. On May 5, 2011, during the morning hours, a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department (Tucson, AZ) raided the home of Jose Guerena, his wife Vanessa, and their four-year-old son. Guerena, 26, a Marine veteran of two combat tours, worked in a nearby copper mine. Vanessa, seeing armed men in their yard, warned Jose, who sent her and their son to hide in a closet. Taking up his AR-15 rifle, Jose waited in a hallway, ready to defend his family. Within minutes, despite never taking his...
  • SWAT Team Raids Man's Home Over Student Loans

    06/08/2011 8:54:30 AM PDT · by RIghtwardHo · 92 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 6-8-2011 | RightwardHo
    "Kenneth Wright does not have a criminal record and he had no reason to believe a S.W.A.T team would be breaking down his door at 6 a.m. on Tuesday."
  • Picture Gallery: Guerena SWAT raid shooting scene photos

    06/08/2011 1:02:48 PM PDT · by petitfour · 20 replies
    KGUN9 ^ | 6/8/2011 | Forrest Carr
    KGUN9 News viewers have been requesting more information about the scene of the May 5 SWAT shooting that killed former U.S. Marine Jose Guerena. Some have asked whether any drawings exist to show what happened in the house where the raid took place. Investigators have not released any drawings, but crime scene photographs issued late last week do give an idea of what happened. The picture gallery above provides highlights from more than a thousand photos that investigators have released to the media so far. According to the raid video and to testimony contained in various documents made public so...
  • title:Video: SWAT team raids house over … unpaid student loans

    06/08/2011 10:52:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 06/08/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Via JWF and Reason, we now present this instructional video from the Department of Education. Now that the government has for all practical pruposes nationalized the student-loan industry, the DoE would like to educate recipients on new loan-collection processes. The banks used to send bill collectors and file claims in court, but the Obama administration doesn’t like those kind of harsh private-sector measures to retrieve lost capital. Instead, they’ll send a SWAT team to kick in your door and frighten your children — even if you don’t live with them anymore: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Kenneth Wright does...
  • Dept. of Education breaks down Stockton man's door

    06/08/2011 6:02:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 176 replies
    News10 | 6/8/11 | Leigh Paynter
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  • Dupnik: Raid stemmed from 20-mo. probe

    06/01/2011 1:06:37 AM PDT · by petitfour · 76 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 6/1/2011 | Fernanda Echavarri
    The man killed in a SWAT team raid last month had been under investigation by the Pima County Sheriff's Department for 20 months as part of a major drug and homicide investigation, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said Tuesday during an editorial meeting with the Star. But details of the investigation into Jose Guerena's activities won't be released because an informant for the Sheriff's Department could be in danger, Dupnik said. "There's a chance that our informant is going to get killed," he said. Guerena was killed when SWAT officers fired 71 rounds from the front door of his home in the...
  • The Guerena Shooting: Initial Analysis

    06/01/2011 6:18:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 85 replies
    The Confederate Yankee ^ | 28 May, 2011 | MikeM
    The Guerena Shooting: Initial Analysis As regular readers know, I’m a USAF veteran (I was a security police officer in SAC during the cold war) and have extensive civilian police service, including SWAT duty. I have been writing on the Erik Scott case In Las Vegas since August of 2010. Those extensive posts are available in our Erik Scott archive. The Jose Guerena shooting, which took place on May 5, is similar in many ways. My co-blogger, Bob’s May 25 story on the Pajamas Media site (here) has stimulated considerable interest in the story on the Net. What I’ve yet...
  • Willowick SWAT team called to home [for his own good]

    05/31/2011 2:43:52 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 45 replies · 1+ views
    News-Hearald ^ | 31 May 2011 | Tracey Read
    Willowick police responded this morning to a SWAT situation at a home in the 200 block of East 330th Street. A woman called officers at 2:20 a.m. saying she had a disagreement with her boyfriend, who had walked to his home nearby. “He kind of indicated to her that he was going to kill himself with a gun,” Willowick Police Chief Michael Lazor said. “He had a CCW permit and his girlfriend thought he had assault weapons. There was concern he might be suicidal.” Around 4:15 a.m., Emergency Response Team negotiators were called out to the scene. Police repeatedly attempted...
  • What Does the SWAT Marine Data Dump Prove? (More details about the raid)

    05/28/2011 2:51:53 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 63 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | 05/28/2011 | Tim Cavanaugh
    As Mike Riggs noted earlier, helmetcam footage of the Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff's Department SWAT raid that killed 26-year-old Marine Iraq veteran Jose Guerena has been released. The footage is part of a larger release that includes a debriefing [pdf] with Sgt. Bob Krygier, the primary supervisor per se during the operation; audio of the 911 call made by widow Vanessa Guerena (the only adult proximate witness to the slaying not affiliated with Arizona law enforcement); and a transcript [pdf] of Vanessa Guerena's interrogation shortly after Jose Guerena's death. Those links come from Fernanda Echávarri's excellent coverage in the Arizona...
  • The Jose Guerena Raid: A Demonstration of Tactical Incompetence

    05/29/2011 7:28:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 169 replies · 1+ views
    captainsjournal.com ^ | 27 May, 2011 | Herschel Smith
    Helmet camera footage of the SWAT team raid on the home of Jose Guerena has been released. Bob Owen noticed the same thing I did. One of the team members fell in the doorway upon breaching and entering the home. The video speaks for itself, but by way of summary, let’s observe the following. First, Mr. Guerena’s weapon, contrary to initial accounts by the SWAT team, was never taken off of safety. The team took no shots from him. Second, the team mills around for a while before breaching the home. Third, they don’t form into a stack. Fourth, absurdly,...