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Police blew up an innocent manís house in search of an armed shoplifter. Too bad, court rules.
Washington Post ^ | Octoer 30,2019 | Meagan Flynn

Posted on 10/30/2019 12:11:07 PM PDT by Hojczyk

When they were finished, it looked as though the Greenwood Village, Colo., police had blasted rockets through the house.

Projectiles were still lodged in the walls. Glass and wooden paneling crumbled on the ground below the gaping holes, and inside, the family’s belongings and furniture appeared thrashed in a heap of insulation and drywall. Leo Lech, who rented the home to his son, thought it looked like al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s compound after the raid that killed him.

But now it was just a neighborhood crime scene, the suburban home where an armed Walmart shoplifting suspect randomly barricaded himself after fleeing the store on a June afternoon in 2015. For 19 hours, the suspect holed up in a bathroom as a SWAT team fired gas munition and 40-millimeter rounds through the windows, drove an armored vehicle through the doors, tossed flash-bang grenades inside and used explosives to blow out the walls.

The suspect was captured alive, but the home was utterly destroyed, eventually condemned to be demolished by the City of Greenwood Village.

The suspect, Robert Jonathan Seacat, had stolen a shirt and a couple of belts from a Walmart in neighboring Aurora, Colo., and then fled in a Lexus, according to a police affidavit.

(Excerpt) Read more at msn.com ...


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KEYWORDS: armedshoplifter; colorado; copsneedjailtime; dudewheremyhouse; incompetent; judiciary; philipabrimmer; police; rougecops; shouldbecarpenters; superdougnuteaters; usednukeonspider; wtf
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1 posted on 10/30/2019 12:11:07 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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2 posted on 10/30/2019 12:12:45 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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All for a shirt and a couple of belts. Wonder what they would have done if he’d killed someone? Blown up the entire neighborhood??


3 posted on 10/30/2019 12:13:02 PM PDT by SkyDancer ( ~ Just Consider Me A Random Fact Generator ~ Eat Sleep Fly Repeat ~)
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We will hunt you down if you shoplift.


4 posted on 10/30/2019 12:14:53 PM PDT by CJ Wolf (Freedom, if you can keep it)
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Well.....shesh!

I hope they found the 30 kids kidnapped from the local daycare. I can only assume THAT was needed for something that excessive?

I dont even think the Marines this much noise getting that ISIS dude!


5 posted on 10/30/2019 12:15:15 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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I’m not sure what would be fair under this scenario. All I know is I would probably lose it if it happened to me and the courts gave me the middle finger.


6 posted on 10/30/2019 12:15:32 PM PDT by CatOwner
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That is total BS. They destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars in property for what? $20 shop lifted...

The crime should warrant the destruction.


7 posted on 10/30/2019 12:16:15 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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The King’s Men are exempt from property damage compensation.


8 posted on 10/30/2019 12:17:11 PM PDT by Darksheare (Those who support liberal "Republicans" summarily support every action by same.)
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I’m against high speed pursuit for much the same reasons. The risk to pedestrians to satisfy the hormone rush of a cop, isnt worth it. Especially now with all the tech available to just get the perp later when emotions have calmed.


9 posted on 10/30/2019 12:17:17 PM PDT by KobraKai
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Well, we know this wont happen in lefty CA. The cops here might even give the shoplifter an Amazon gift card and a house, with a full pardon by our leftard gvernor.


10 posted on 10/30/2019 12:17:28 PM PDT by max americana (Fired ONE libtard at work at every election since 2008 because I enjoy it. I hope every lib die.)
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Wasn’t Philadelphia responsible for burning a lot of houses in the process of their official duties? I seem to recall something about that.


11 posted on 10/30/2019 12:19:32 PM PDT by where's_the_Outrage? (Drain the Swamp. Build the Wall.)
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They wanted to play with their “toys” and destroyed a man’s property in the process, hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

Just posting a few officers by the house to capture the shoplifter(!) when he eventually came out would have sufficed.

The homeowner needs to be made whole. His property was destroyed under color of governmental authority for no good reason. The constitution itself says he needs restitution.

So, how does anyone “rule” otherwise?


12 posted on 10/30/2019 12:19:44 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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It’s the insurance company that will suffer loss.

BTW, nothing prevents the state, county or municipality from making the insurance company whole.


13 posted on 10/30/2019 12:20:48 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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Imagine if the shoplifter had stolen a dozen donuts from Krispy Kreme , the cops would have have nuked the place.


14 posted on 10/30/2019 12:21:21 PM PDT by scott says (Psalm 1)
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“... fired gas munition and 40-millimeter rounds through the windows, drove an armored vehicle through the doors, tossed flash-bang grenades inside and used explosives to blow out the walls ...”

It’s shoplifting. This is a prime example of why the militarization of cops needs to be dialed back to 1950s levels.


15 posted on 10/30/2019 12:22:29 PM PDT by BuffaloJack ("Security does not exist in nature. Everything has risk." Henry Savage)
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That’ll buff out.


16 posted on 10/30/2019 12:25:41 PM PDT by gathersnomoss (Welcome to North Mexico, Gringo's it...)
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> Wasn’t Philadelphia responsible for burning a lot of houses
> in the process of their official duties? I seem to recall
> something about that.

Here ya go.

https://www.nytimes.com/1985/05/14/us/police-drop-bomb-on-radicals-home-in-philadelphia.html


17 posted on 10/30/2019 12:25:46 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it)
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That’s a nine point five on my outrage scale.


18 posted on 10/30/2019 12:25:59 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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You know, you don’t have to destroy the entire building to get a dude hiding in a bathroom.
Are there any professionals in law enforcement anymore?
Hard to tell with this “Burn the house down to kill a single spider” response from this Colorado PD.


19 posted on 10/30/2019 12:27:38 PM PDT by Darksheare (Those who support liberal "Republicans" summarily support every action by same.)
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this is the washington post- what’s the real story here?


20 posted on 10/30/2019 12:29:33 PM PDT by Bob434
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