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Compliance officer breaks into woman's home to yell at her over state of her lawn
610 WTVN website ^ | Tuesday, July 10, 2012 | National News

Posted on 07/10/2012 4:53:14 PM PDT by Tainan

When the woman called 911 a deputy wasn’t sent because the compliance officer is a county employee.

A Georgia homeowner allegedly awoke to an unusual scene on July 2 — a county code compliance officer yelling at her over the state of her lawn from the doorway of her bedroom.

“I woke up, I didn’t have my glasses on or my contacts in and all I see is this big burly figure standing in my doorway,” Erica Masters explained. “A big huge guy with a grey shirt. It scared the mess out of me.”

She elaborated: “[He] yelled at me to wake me up, to let me know that I needed to come back outside and sign the violation notice,” informing her that her grass was too long.

“I could have been coming fresh out of the shower. I mean, if I’m not answering the door, maybe it’s because I can‘t hear you because I’m in the shower,” she later pointed out.

To top it off, the whole scene can be viewed on Masters’ home surveillance cameras.

video at site.


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Several things are disturbing here:
County employee feeling 'entitled' to enter a private residence.

County employee with such a thug look and displaying such a thug mentality.

County deputys' comment re:not sending an officer out because the perp is a county "compliance" employee.

Question - Would this have been a good shoot?

Single woman alone in home facing an unannounced thug in her bedroom.

Watch the interview with the woman - I think she would be justified.
Bless her and get her some protection.
1 posted on 07/10/2012 4:53:19 PM PDT by Tainan
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To: Tainan

...the s**thead’s lucky he isn’t dead


2 posted on 07/10/2012 4:55:51 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Tainan

Question - Would this have been a good shoot?

It still would.


3 posted on 07/10/2012 4:56:24 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Tainan

The guy is lucky she didn’t have a gun and shoot him.


5 posted on 07/10/2012 4:58:32 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: freedomfiter2

If he didn’t have a warrant, it would have been a good shoot.


6 posted on 07/10/2012 4:59:57 PM PDT by doc1019 (Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.)
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To: Tainan

I’d say shooting him would be justified.

If I were in her shoes, and a strange man were in my bedroom, my first thought wouldn’t be “he wants to talk to me about my lawn”.


7 posted on 07/10/2012 5:02:28 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: freedomfiter2

Agreed.


8 posted on 07/10/2012 5:04:21 PM PDT by optiguy (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.----- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Tainan
He's former police officer, and admitted thief:

Columbia County Administrator Scott Johnson says the investigation could be finished as early as Monday. He also says Vowell use to work at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

In 2004, he resigned from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office after he admitted that he took a computer from the property room.

http://www2.wjbf.com/news/2012/jul/06/3/code-enforcement-officer-administrative-leave-ar-4090363/

9 posted on 07/10/2012 5:05:26 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Tainan

This woman is waaay too laid back about this. “Gee whiz I know I need to cut my grass”, when that isn’t even the point! Timid single woman needs to have at least a 22 on hand. Then, we’d be discussing how the county needs to pony up the funds for clean up.


10 posted on 07/10/2012 5:07:26 PM PDT by albie
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To: doc1019

A warrant doesn’t give one authority to break into a residence and enter the bedroom of a sleeping citizen.

Warrants must be served properly and constitutionally.

By breaking into her residence and entering her bedroom, he acted like a common criminal.


11 posted on 07/10/2012 5:07:52 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: doc1019

If he didn’t have a warrant, it would have been a good shoot.

Even with a warrant, a government employee of any type that enters someone’s home without knocking and identifying himself first, should be eliminated for the good of all mankind. Enough with the gestapo tactics.


12 posted on 07/10/2012 5:07:52 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Tainan
Note the terminology: Compliance Officer

We're being "enforced" and "complianced" into tyranny.

13 posted on 07/10/2012 5:09:51 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Tainan

Compliance officer: made up job with no useful mission


14 posted on 07/10/2012 5:09:56 PM PDT by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: Tainan

That would be one dead “compliance officer”, if that was what he really was. I mean thugs dress up as cops to invade homes. Why not a “census worker” or fake package delivery guy, or supposed county worker.


15 posted on 07/10/2012 5:11:03 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: albie

Pull that at my house and they’d be picking 27 piece of 00 buck and three 12 gauge slugs out of his chest.


16 posted on 07/10/2012 5:12:17 PM PDT by CarmichaelPatriot
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To: Ken H

In 2004, he resigned from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office after he admitted that he took a computer from the property room.

So why does he have a government job? We need higher standards at every level of government.


17 posted on 07/10/2012 5:12:45 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!
A Georgia homeowner allegedly awoke to an unusual scene on July 2 — a county code compliance officer yelling at her over the state of her lawn from the doorway of her bedroom.

“I woke up, I didn’t have my glasses on or my contacts in and all I see is this big burly figure standing in my doorway,” Erica Masters explained. “A big huge guy with a grey shirt. It scared the mess out of me.”

She elaborated: “[He] yelled at me to wake me up, to let me know that I needed to come back outside and sign the violation notice,” informing her that her grass was too long.

Illegal grass infraction.

18 posted on 07/10/2012 5:13:24 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Fools.Damn fools.Welcome to the USSA. Socialism is slavery to the State and the Supreme Court did it)
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To: Tainan

I can’t help but think that BTK, the serial killer in Kansas, was a compliance officer. He used he abused his power and used his position to pick his targets. I think if she had shot, it would have been justified. I also think that the County is probably covering for someone they already know is a problem. I hope she pushes the point. I also hope she gets herself a shot gun.


19 posted on 07/10/2012 5:13:24 PM PDT by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: SolidRedState

I wonder if this thief got to keep his pension after resigning from his department in ‘04. I’d bet money he did.


20 posted on 07/10/2012 5:14:05 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Tainan; Clintonfatigued; GOPsterinMA; NFHale; sickoflibs; stephenjohnbanker; fieldmarshaldj

Jeez!


21 posted on 07/10/2012 5:14:19 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Altariel

Not to nitpick but have you ever heard of a no-knock warrant ... it is all the rage with SWAT units of late. Not that this incident would give rise to such a warrant, just say’n.

As for this clown, he should, at the very least, be arrested for B&E and should thank his lucky starts the occupant didn’t have a gun at hand. ;-)


22 posted on 07/10/2012 5:14:51 PM PDT by doc1019 (Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.)
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To: Altariel

Um, nowadays, strange ANYONE, man or woman. Don’t underestimate women. You’ll be dead quick.


23 posted on 07/10/2012 5:15:14 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Tainan

What’s wrong with her lawn?


24 posted on 07/10/2012 5:18:09 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: Ken H
Ken - Thanks for the added info.
This is a hanky dude for certain.
25 posted on 07/10/2012 5:20:12 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Ken H

He’s also, at this point, been fired for his job for non-compliance with processes of the compliance department and for making false statements to his supervisor during the investigation yesterday.

According to another website/thread, it was her roommate that left the door unlocked, not the victim.

just FYI


26 posted on 07/10/2012 5:24:03 PM PDT by RikaStrom ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: All; Ken H
Please see: UPDATED: Columbia County Code Enforcement Officer Won't Face Charges

Thanks to Ken H @ #9 for update info
27 posted on 07/10/2012 5:24:16 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Impy

“...Compliance officer ...”???

WTF!


28 posted on 07/10/2012 5:26:17 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Altariel

If I go to bed knowing for sure that I’m alone in the house, and I open my eyes and there’s somebody standing over my bed, something very ugly is going to happen, and it’s going to happen damn near instantaneously.

When it came to be known that it was some fat, officious low-level government prick that broke into my house to harass me for my lawn being a couple of inches longer than he liked, I would probably stop feeling bad about it.

I kind of like the idea of having my own video system -well concealed- so that there’s evidence that matches what I said happened, when the smoke clears.


29 posted on 07/10/2012 5:26:34 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: doc1019

No knock warrants are unconstitutional.

They may be fashionable with SWAT teams, but SWAT teams of late have been ignoring the Constitution when it doesn’t serve the interests of The State.


30 posted on 07/10/2012 5:37:52 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Secret Agent Man

True, but most violent criminals who break into homes are male.


31 posted on 07/10/2012 5:40:59 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

You can bet he’ll be back with something else on his mind than the lawn. If not her bedroom door then her neighbor’s.


32 posted on 07/10/2012 5:44:24 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Altariel

Unconstitutional? They have been challenged in court on several occasions and have been found very much in compliance. I don’t happen to agree, but who am I to argue with the courts. As for the SWAT teams ignoring the Constitution, they are complying with the orders of a judge somewhere. A warrant can’t be exercised without a judge’s signature.

Once again, I’m not in anyway trying to justify the no knock warrant, just stating the facts.

As a retired officer I never thought the no knock was constitutional but the courts said so, so who was I to disagree (by the way, I never served a no knock in all my 28 years).


33 posted on 07/10/2012 5:48:53 PM PDT by doc1019 (Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.)
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To: Tainan

Obviously the “compliance” officer is using his job to case residences and was probably surprised when someone was in the home.


34 posted on 07/10/2012 5:59:34 PM PDT by disclaimer
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To: doc1019

The courts have ruled a lot of non-constitutional matters to be “constitutional” .

No knock warrants are unconstitutional. Period.

None of the founders would have supported government employees serving a warrant by intruding into a citizen’s home.


35 posted on 07/10/2012 6:12:58 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: disclaimer

He has stolen before; I hope that lady has checked her residence to make certain all her valuables are still in place.


36 posted on 07/10/2012 6:15:51 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Altariel

Far be it from me to disagree with you, you have me convinced, now all you have to do is convince the courts. Good luck with that, by the way. LOL!


37 posted on 07/10/2012 6:16:17 PM PDT by doc1019 (Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.)
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To: SolidRedState

Cronyism or nepotism. He got the gig because he knows somebody or else he’s a relative of somebody in county gummint.


38 posted on 07/10/2012 6:19:23 PM PDT by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: Tainan
When the woman called 911 a deputy wasn’t sent because the compliance officer is a county employee.

You don't understand -- I was calling 911 for HIS safety. Well....OK, Nancy, if you won't come get him I guess I'll just have to shoot him.

39 posted on 07/10/2012 6:34:08 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Altariel
If I were in her shoes, and a strange man were in my bedroom, my first thought wouldn’t be “he wants to talk to me about my lawn”.

And it wouldn't matter if it were. He has no business in your house without your consent without a warrant, no matter what his purpose, absent exigent circumstances. Long grass does NOT qualify, no matter what the city or HOA may say.

40 posted on 07/10/2012 6:41:48 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Tainan

Why doesnt this headline read

“Compliance officer dead: Woman goes back to sleep”


41 posted on 07/10/2012 6:44:08 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Altariel

“By breaking into her residence and entering her bedroom, he acted like a common criminal.”

And were it my house, he would have been treated as such! The headline would have gone something like this:

“Compliance Officer shot dead after breaking into resident’s home unlawfully.”


42 posted on 07/10/2012 6:44:52 PM PDT by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: Dogbert41
What’s wrong with her lawn?

Enviro-friendly landscaping?
I dunno....maybe an HOA complaint?

43 posted on 07/10/2012 6:47:19 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: doc1019
Unconstitutional? They have been challenged in court on several occasions and have been found very much in compliance.

Hadn't you heard? SCOTUS now lies about what's Constitutional and not.

Who am I to argue with the courts?

Uh, their boss -- the source of their salary? And someone with an actual job that produces wealth, as opposed to incinerating it, as by definition any government job does?

44 posted on 07/10/2012 6:56:59 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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45 posted on 07/10/2012 7:03:06 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: Bshaw

You forgot the subtitle: “Citizens Praise Righteous Shooting”

:-)


46 posted on 07/10/2012 7:03:27 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Still Thinking

If you have taken the time to read all my responses, you will notice that I don’t disagree. I guess you just need to vent and by limiting your viewing of my responses to the ones you want to use in your rant you feel comfortable. So be it, I have taken more then one false beating in my life.

Selective reading is a wonderful thing. LOL!


47 posted on 07/10/2012 7:05:49 PM PDT by doc1019 (Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.)
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To: Tainan

Did you see the size of that guy? That would scare me to death if he were just knocking on my front door? Wish I could do a screen capture of her video showing him just walking down her hallway!!! Unbelievable!!!


48 posted on 07/10/2012 7:10:18 PM PDT by Momto2 (I hate it when I wake up and Obama is President.......)
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To: Tainan

Story should have read “Compliance officer killed after trespass, no charges against homeowner”


49 posted on 07/10/2012 7:31:22 PM PDT by Figment
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To: Tainan

Question - Would this have been a good shoot?

Maybe not in NY or Cal. Everywhere in between, I think, would be a good shoot


50 posted on 07/10/2012 7:31:38 PM PDT by Figment
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