Skip to comments.Daniel Castillo, Jr.
Posted on 03/26/2013 3:51:47 PM PDT by Altariel
s I posted earlier, the 17-year-old Houston resident was shot to death Tuesday by a police SWAT team during a drug raid on his family's home. It's increasingly looking like yet another paramilitary drug raid gone horribly wrong.
The father of a 17-year-old killed by a police officer who was looking for drugs at his home said the shooting was unprovoked.
The elder Castillo said his son was awakened by the pleas of his 20-year-old sister, Ashley. When the younger Castillo turned toward Falks, he said, the officer shot him in the face.
"My son heard her say, 'Don't shoot.' He got up to see what was going on," the elder Castillo said.
The teen's sister was with her 1-year-old when Falks burst into the bedroom, the elder Castillo said.
(Excerpt) Read more at reason.com ...
Dovalina says Daniel Castillo, Jr. was unarmed, had no criminal record, and according to his father, was not involved in the drug trade. The police affidavit for the search warrant claims an unidentified informant saw crack being sold from the house. It names “David Castillo” as a possible suspect, then later, “Daniel Castillo.” That tip and police observations of “traffic” at the Castillo home formed the basis of the forced-entry SWAT raid. No one but the police knows the identity of the informant.
According to his sister, Castillo was shot just below the eye as he rose up from his bed after hearing her scream. She was holding a 1-year-old child just a few feet from the shooting.
Where’s the apologists to tell us all how we’re not supposed to rush to judgment over the actions of the police when, obviously, the police had no problems rushing to judge and execute a 17 year old boy?
A 17 year old boy who woke from his sleep because his sister was screaming in terror (”Don’t shoot my baby”), no less.
The militarization of the police has got to stop and be reversed or we’re just going to see more and more of this kind of thing. Of course, as I say this the Dept. of Homeland Security has ordered billions of bullets and 3,000 armored assault vehicles in preparation for their war on Americans.
Well, take from this the following benefit. Perhaps these events will convince some drug dealer somewhere to quit his trade and spare otherwise free citizens from having to decide what to ingest into heir own bodies. Afterall, we can’t have people making such decisions for themselves, now can we?
Please don’t make me label this as sarcasm.
” No one but the police knows the identity of the informant.”
Well..now we know how we can legally get rid of any obnoxious people we don’t like.
“Inform” on them.
I’m assuming you’re not being saracastic? In any case, what I mean is that the police have all sorts of reasons why they have to raid people’s homes and kill people but where’s the expectation that the police are supposed to take a moment to consider if they really need to bust in on anyone at 3am in the morning?
Are these military-style assaults REALLY necessary every time a warrant is executed?
Seriously, we now live in a country where SWAT teams are used to collect on past-due student loans. Enough!
This is from 2007? Why is it posted now?
A better question would be why have we not heard of this before now?
Agreed. The tide is beginning to turn.
Unfortunately, too any government employees know that no matter what they do, ultimately, it is the taxpayers who will pay for their misdeeds—and so they care not what they do.
Why haven’t we heard of this raid before now?
Why has the media been largely silent on a government employee murdering a minor in his own home?
How many other “Daniel Castillos” have been terminated in the same manner or a similar manner, yet we don’t know about them?
Are you sure we haven’t had this posted here before? Articles from Reason magazine are frequently posted here. Did it never get press in any other paper before now? Just wondering why a 6 year old story is being posted now unless there has been some development in the case. It is an interesting story, but one that has many more recent examples.
Unanswerable question since we’re not going to be told of them unless their survivors speak up.
I can only vouch that I’ve never heard about it.
I have no idea whether it was posted before or not.
My memory is very good but not *that* good that I can recall every post ever made.
But it’s important to remember that the same thing could happen to any Freeper here, and the story of that Freeper’s death could be buried by a pro-Thug media just as easily.
A warning to -never- be forgotten.
"The Castillo family's federal lawsuit was settled in 2009. The terms of the settlement are bound by a confidentiality agreement. As of January, Falk was still with the Wharton Police Department."
A google search reveals many articles on this story. If it hasn't been posted here before, that is only because the many freepers in the Houston area who would have seen this in their local papers chose not to post it here. I would be surprised if someone didn't, but our search function is not the greatest, so who knows?
In any event, the fact that "you" have not heard of this raid doesn't mean it wasn't widely publicized 6 years ago, and then resulted in a civil lawsuit that was settled 4 years ago. It is a terrible story, one that is unfortunately on the increase in post-Constitutional America.
No doubt, they’re figuring out a defense for this, as well:
“Castillo’s 14-year-old brother was also arrested after demanding to see a search warrant. He was later released with no charges.”
Well, let’s hope that every outrage that us old timers have forgotten about doesn’t need to be posted again, unless there is a new development of some kind. We have enough new outrages to deal with without getting worked up over ones that are long over with.
Here is an update:
Better to report the murder of a 17 year old and the unlawful arrest of a 14 year old late than never.
The next victim could be any Freeper here.
Government employees who boldly violate the constitution and the law should be exposed, no matter when their crimes were committed.
“We have enough new outrages to deal with without getting worked up over ones that are long over with.”
9/11 took place not six years ago but eleven and a half years ago.
Time to move on and get over it, eh?
You seem rather eager to downplay the murder of a minor and the arrest of a 14 year old who dared question government employees about the existence of a warrant.
The British attempted to seize firearms from the American patriots, prior to our independence.
I suppose we on Free Republic should forget about *that* as well.....
Your link also leads to this book which I just pre-ordered:
“I heartily approve of a culture of informers; The State needs those willing to snitch on their fellow citizens, so that the Agents of the State may punish those who are accused of defying the Will of the State.”
-—Insert name of Socialist of Choice Here
” Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces “
It’s disturbing that there are enough of these cases to fill a book.
I don't know, did the Wharton police go in hiding in the Texas brush and start plotting more terror acts against the citizens of the US? If so, then we should continue our focus on them, just like the 9/11 terrorists?
I will add this, when such police misconduct took place in 2007, it was a bad cop, or perhaps a bad local police department doing something stupid, for which the federal courts (as in the Castillo case) were available for redress. In 2008, the country elected a guy who wants to create a civilian army as well armed and powerful as the military, who cares not a whit for the Constitution or for individual rights, and who likes to use heavy handed tactics against his enemies. Police departments nationwide are becoming more and more fascistic, especially those in big cities controlled by democratic machines who support Obama's fascism. They are sending swat teams out on routine warrants, shooting dogs first thing, and breaking down doors in an apparent effort to cow the populace. That is a trend that has grown exponentially since January 2009. An incident in 2007 seems to me more a one-off, a tragedy, but not a trend, something to be reported like anything else stupid people do. Billions of bullets to all the federal agencies, refusal to prosecute Holders' people, use of government resources to create an atmosphere of fear, that is the trend. This story is not part of that. Just a tragedy from 6 years ago. Might as well ask why we haven't heard about Chelsea King.
I’m not downplaying anything. If this had happened recently, I am sure we would all be up in arms. I am noting that this was 6 years ago, and may very well have been the subject of a 250 post thread right on this very site—back then. Since it happened, the suit was filed, a settlement was reached, it was written about in a book, the kids who weren’t killed are grown up, and now there are new, even more disturbing incidents to talk about. You seem eager to downplay the Chelsea King murder.
The unlawful and unconstitutional intrusion of government employees is not a “tragedy” but an assault on liberty.
A miscarriage of a child is a tragedy.
A government employee executed home invasion is an assault on the constitutional liberties of the victims.
“We have enough new outrages to deal with without getting worked up over ones that are long over with.”
This is downplaying.
An outrage which was “resolved” by ruling (effectively) in favor of the government is not “long over”.
The arrest of a 14 year old for daring to ask about a warrant does NOT become unworthy of discussion simply because of the passage of time.
Since you were a member of FR at the time, and claim to have knowledge of this case back in 2007, why did you fail to bring this matter to the attention of other Freepers when it was “current news”, if you believe the murder of a 17 year old for the “crime” of attempting to defend his sister and her child and the arrest of a 14 year old for asking about warrants *are* worthy of discussion in the “proper time frame”?
Yes, and that is why the family sued and won a settlement in federal court in 2009, 4 years ago, which must have been quite handsome. There was a confidentiality agreement, so we won't know how much. It was indeed an assault on the constitutional rights of the victims. You are right on all counts, except you still haven't explained why you are posting this now, 6 years later. Now, shall I scour the papers from 2007 and find more stories about government officials raping and pillaging the populace? We'll be here all day reading about old news, but we can catch up on 2013 later.
Oh, look! Clinton just prosecuted a soldier who wouldn't fight for the UN. Oh no, now he's burning up small children living with a cult! Shall I post it now and gin up some outrage, or what? Don't you care about an "assault on liberty"?
You need to re-read the posts in this thread. I never said I knew about this case in 2007. I am not from Houston. It looks like there were lots of articles in the Houston press in 2007 about this. There was even some national press, in the Huffington Post and Reason magazine, for example. Having been here in 2007, I can say that this is the kind of article that Freepers frequently post when they come across it in their local paper, or at a site like Yahoo or Google News. I would not be surprised to learn that this story was in fact already discussed extensively right here on this site; although I don't know if it was. As I said, if it was not posted here, it's only because the Houston freepers who would have definitely seen this story chose not to put it on Free Republic. And now here we are, 6 years later. There are literally thousands of stories that could be posted from 6 years ago that would have murder, violation of constitutional rights, tragedy and all the elements that your story does, but we would be spending a lot of time on old news if we were to rehash all of them. That's why I was wondering why you posted it now, wondering if something new had happened in the case or something. If not, well, ok, thanks for sharing this old news but keep an eye out for something fresher, because it's what is going on right now that is endangering all our liberties, not some moron cop from a town called Wharton.
[sarcasm] Well, yeah, but we’re not a police state: the police didn’t shoot anybody at the wrong address this time. [/sarcasm]
I’m married to a Sicilian biker.
“Snitch” is the filthiest word ever.
Welcome to the New Normal®.
This is so depressing that I took a break and watched Beverly Hills Chihuahua with the dogs.
[where the evil villain, “El Diablo” is a Dobermann]
Odin still growls at the end of the movie.
El Diablo winds up adopted by a rich woman who puts a tutu on him.
Now *that* is just wrong.[er]
When he was just a little pup and I ordered it on pay per view the first time, he watched the whole thing every time Diablo showed up, little nub tail wagging like crazy.
[I think they recognize their own kind]
When the ‘good guy’ GSD beats up Diablo at the end, he went berserk.
All the hair on his little 10 week old body stood up, he growled and barked and got really upset.
Now he just ‘rumbles’ and turns around on the sofa so his butt is facing the TV.
‘Halla had never seen it before and she just thought all the dogs were ‘fun to watch’
She’s apparently a lot less prone to grudges than he is.
From what I’ve seen, Freeper attitudes on the subject were different even a few years back. Attitudes have changed over the last few years, as more examples of this problem have been forthcoming.
Why was it posted?
Because the 17 year old who was terminated for the crime of attempting to defend his terrified sister from home invaders could be any man here.
Because the 14 year old who was arrested for DARING to ask for a warrant could be any Freeper here.
Because Freepers, as a whole, prefer education to ignorance.
Because Freepers who travel to Houston or live in the area, who may not be aware of this story, may be interested in knowing what kind of police force is supported in Houston.