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Man killed by Sunrise police in drug raid had 2 ounces of marijuana
http://www.newsday.com/ ^ | August 10, 2005 | Brian Haas & Kevin Smith

Posted on 08/11/2005 1:12:44 PM PDT by freepatriot32

SUNRISE -- Police seized 2 ounces of marijuana at the home of Anthony Diotaiuto after shooting him 10 times, according to information on the drug raid released Tuesday.

Also Tuesday, while many friends and relatives of the 23-year-old bartender and student mourned him at a Davie funeral home, others appeared at a Sunrise City Commission meeting to demand an explanation for the fatal raid

"Do 2 ounces of marijuana constitute a death warrant?" asked Sunrise resident William de Larm, a friend of Diotaiuto's.

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update to an earlier version of this stroy here Sunrise SWAT team shoots man dead in search of drugs at home

If you click this video link you can see an interview with the mother of this murder victim and at around the 1 minute mark in the video you cna see the swat team standing outdside of this mans house smirking

1 posted on 08/11/2005 1:12:54 PM PDT by freepatriot32
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To: freepatriot32

Keyword "OF" wouldn't be the same if this article was missed.


2 posted on 08/11/2005 1:15:38 PM PDT by thoughtomator (Free Michael Graham!)
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To: Allosaurs_r_us; Abram; AlexandriaDuke; Annie03; Baby Bear; bassmaner; Bernard; BJClinton; ...
Oh by the way the "Drug paraphernalia" they found was sandwich bags and postage scales so if anyone on freerepublic owns ziplog sandwich bags or postage meter scales throw them away or you will be shot by your superiors and if you survive yuo will go to jail for a couple of years and be fined a couple of thousand dollars Libertarian ping.To be added or removed from my ping list freepmail me or post a message here
3 posted on 08/11/2005 1:17:17 PM PDT by freepatriot32 (Deep within every dilemma is a solution that involves explosives)
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To: freepatriot32

One slug for every 12.5 grams.


4 posted on 08/11/2005 1:18:42 PM PDT by Old Professer (As darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of good; innocence is blind.)
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To: freepatriot32

FWIW, 2 oz of pot is a bit much for personal consumption...


5 posted on 08/11/2005 1:19:24 PM PDT by ContemptofCourt
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To: freepatriot32

countdown to the JBT apologists commenting on thread...


6 posted on 08/11/2005 1:19:59 PM PDT by flashbunny (Always remember to bring a towel!)
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To: freepatriot32

My postage scale says to use 6 cents for each ounce of 1st class and 10 cents for air mail; still works fine, calibrate it with pennies and quarters.


7 posted on 08/11/2005 1:20:52 PM PDT by Old Professer (As darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of good; innocence is blind.)
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To: freepatriot32

It's clearly time for the war on some drugs to go, and for marijuana and anything else like it to be legalized on the same basis as booze is.


8 posted on 08/11/2005 1:21:31 PM PDT by tamalejoe
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To: freepatriot32
If you want to play you will pay! The Police identified themselves and the perp grabbed a gun. Justice served! I am tired of all these "after the fact" revisionist painting the story in the perp's favor. This Country must get back to some semblance of civilized behavior before it turns into a free for all. In other words, if you don't want to get shot don't point/grab a gun when the police are arresting you. Case closed!
9 posted on 08/11/2005 1:23:41 PM PDT by 7thOF7th (Righteousness is our cause and justice will prevail!)
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To: freepatriot32

postage meter scales? will they count my powder measure scales as paraphenelia as well?
no wait.. that's probably under bomb making material, along with the couple pounds of powder and the primers.


10 posted on 08/11/2005 1:24:49 PM PDT by absolootezer0 ("My God, why have you forsaken us.. no wait, its the liberals that have forsaken you... my bad")
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To: freepatriot32
Cowards, Cowards but no one can do anything about it as they are the law and protected bu the court. All they have to say is there were drugs involved and murder is allowed. The police said there was a loaded gun in the house but they carry guns to plant as a matter of course so do not believe that either.

With all the terrorist loose and trying to kill Americans why in the hell are they raiding someone with 2 ounces of weed???????

Go find the people who are trying to kill US not some idiot with 2 ounces of weed.
11 posted on 08/11/2005 1:25:31 PM PDT by YOUGOTIT
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To: freepatriot32
The SWAT team knocked on Diotaiuto's door and "announc[ed] their presence" before smashing in his door about 6:15 a.m. They found Diotaiuto in his living room and ordered him to "freeze" and get on the ground.

Instead, Voss said, Diotaiuto fled to his bedroom and "armed himself" with a loaded handgun. Voss said it is unclear whether Diotaiuto pointed the gun at officers.

I'm for legalization, but he would not have been shot had he not tried to get his gun when the cops ordered him to freeze.

12 posted on 08/11/2005 1:26:09 PM PDT by aynrandfreak (When can we stop pretending that the Left doesn't by and large hate America?)
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To: 7thOF7th

'Course, the cops did come in at 6:15 am.

I *am* a cop, and if anyone, cop or not, comes to my door waving a gun at 6:15 in the morning, I'm gonna go for a gun.


13 posted on 08/11/2005 1:26:17 PM PDT by Terabitten (Life, liberty, and the pursuit of all who threaten it.)
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To: freepatriot32

2 ounces is a LOT of pot. A dealable quantity, even if he didn't have his baggies and scale out.


14 posted on 08/11/2005 1:26:29 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: 7thOF7th

can you show me where it says that the police positively identified themselves?


15 posted on 08/11/2005 1:26:33 PM PDT by absolootezer0 ("My God, why have you forsaken us.. no wait, its the liberals that have forsaken you... my bad")
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To: freepatriot32

The pot part of the WOD is ridiculous.

Even if you don't agree with the above, a full SWAT team for a home pot bust is ridiculous.

And, if the police don't clearly announce themselves and give the suspect a chance to answer the door, bad shootings are inevitable. That this happens all too often is only confirmed by the fact that many home invasions are often commenced by the criminals breaking in and screaming "Police". Its only worthwhile to do because police do it all too often--otherwise it wouldn't work. Too many toys, too much publicity, too much adrenaline.


16 posted on 08/11/2005 1:28:07 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: flashbunny

You didn't have to wait long.


17 posted on 08/11/2005 1:28:40 PM PDT by kenth
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To: freepatriot32

The story says he picked up a gun. If he knew they were cops, his shooting was justified. The problem is whether he knew or should have known they were police. IMO, news accounts are difficult to base those decisions on.


18 posted on 08/11/2005 1:30:02 PM PDT by Spok
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To: freepatriot32

A seemingly responsible kid goes for a gun over 2 ozs of weed, after they've entered the house? I don't buy the police's version of the story.


19 posted on 08/11/2005 1:30:35 PM PDT by andyk (Go Matt Kenseth!)
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To: aynrandfreak

and if the cops wouldn't have used a no-knock warrant for 2 oz of pot, he'd be alive.

Criminals have been adopting the 'no knock' police raid tactics for home invasions - some even wearing police style clothing.

I'm a law abiding citizen. If someone comes crashing through my door guns blazing, they'd better be prepared to catch several rounds of 5.45x39.


20 posted on 08/11/2005 1:32:16 PM PDT by flashbunny (Always remember to bring a towel!)
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To: absolootezer0
along with the couple pounds of powder and the primers.

Oh my god osama turn yourself in to gitmo right now!I cant believe they ever let the likes of you into the country to begin with.You fargen icehole bastages must be deported to sweden immediatly.:-)

seeing as how you are a fellow blackpowder enthusiest do you belong to the national muzzleoading rifle assosiation? http://www.nmlra.org/

21 posted on 08/11/2005 1:33:13 PM PDT by freepatriot32 (Deep within every dilemma is a solution that involves explosives)
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To: HairOfTheDog
10 hits, wonder how many rounds were fired and how many shooters? Of course they had a week to get their stories to match up. Next time they should just use one of these
22 posted on 08/11/2005 1:33:13 PM PDT by vrwc0915
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To: freepatriot32

The names of the SWAT team members should be posted on the internet.


23 posted on 08/11/2005 1:34:59 PM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: ContemptofCourt
FWIW, 2 oz of pot is a bit much for personal consumption...

False.

24 posted on 08/11/2005 1:35:27 PM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: HairOfTheDog; ContemptofCourt

Well 2 ounces CAN be a lot, depending on the grade. If it was just Mexican Commercial Brickweed, 2oz could be just for personal consumption (about $120 worth depending on the market). The scales and baggies would seem to indicate that he was dealing. Weights are kind of arbitrary though.. some people just like to buy in bulk. Ive known some people would buy more than an ounce of high-grade stuff at a time just for themselves.

In any event, even if he was dealing, 2oz is still a pathetically small amount to call in the JBTs over.


25 posted on 08/11/2005 1:35:33 PM PDT by somniferum
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To: Pearls Before Swine
a full SWAT team for a home pot bust is ridiculous.

Absolutely correct. I'd like to see the affadavit for the warrant to see what other info they were taking into consideration that is not being reported.

26 posted on 08/11/2005 1:36:44 PM PDT by Horatio Gates (What's the matter boy? He ain't gonna bite you. That's good terrorist. Good and dead.)
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To: 7thOF7th
"This Country must get back to some semblance of civilized behavior before it turns into a free for all."

I want to live in a country where people do not get shot for posessing, even with the intent to sell, 2 ounces of dried plant material.

That, sir, is a "free for all"; it is a disgusting abuse of libertry.

"If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever." George Orwell

27 posted on 08/11/2005 1:37:40 PM PDT by t_skoz ("let me be who I am - let me kick out the jams!")
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To: somniferum
You can get 2 oz for $120 today? Back in the late '80s, I was getting an oz for $100, and thought that was a good price.

Ummm, I mean, my friend told me that....

28 posted on 08/11/2005 1:37:43 PM PDT by ContemptofCourt
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To: HairOfTheDog

Pick a subject you know something about. Two ounces of pot is not a lot of pot, certainly not worth killing about. This is a classic example of what's wrong with the war on drugs.


30 posted on 08/11/2005 1:39:13 PM PDT by Taylor42
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To: Horatio Gates
I'd like to see the affadavit for the warrant to see what other info they were taking into consideration that is not being reported.

In the first story earlier in the week the lead jbt specifically said they sent the swat team into the house solely becasue he had a conceal carry permit they knew ahead of time that they were going to assasinate him and planned it out accordingly

31 posted on 08/11/2005 1:39:53 PM PDT by freepatriot32 (Deep within every dilemma is a solution that involves explosives)
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To: freepatriot32

actually, i'm not huge into muzzle loading, the vast majority of my powder is smokeless (i load everything myself- except my .38super, and only cuz i haven't shot up enough brass to reload it yet). i only picked up muzzle loading to get that extra two weeks of deer hunting.


32 posted on 08/11/2005 1:40:30 PM PDT by absolootezer0 ("My God, why have you forsaken us.. no wait, its the liberals that have forsaken you... my bad")
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To: absolootezer0
If you are engaged in criminal activity it would make sense that we would be knocking on your door. Therefore, to reach for a weapon is a conscious decision to fight. As an officer you should know that your back is covered by your fellow officers and they expect you to be covering theirs. There is no latitude here! This person chose the wrong path of action and he lost and thank God he did because it could be a couple brothers being put to rest with taps playing in the background. Nuff said!
33 posted on 08/11/2005 1:40:31 PM PDT by 7thOF7th (Righteousness is our cause and justice will prevail!)
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To: aynrandfreak

"I'm for legalization, but he would not have been shot had he not tried to get his gun when the cops ordered him to freeze."

Ditto.


34 posted on 08/11/2005 1:40:36 PM PDT by L98Fiero
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To: Spok

In South Florida home invaders have been know to identify themselves as cops.


35 posted on 08/11/2005 1:40:49 PM PDT by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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To: freepatriot32

When the family is done with this city, they will not be able to afford cops.


36 posted on 08/11/2005 1:41:09 PM PDT by microgood
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To: 7thOF7th

"the perp"

I like that. Nice way to de-humanize your "enemy". Guy was a major dealer anyway, he deserved it.


37 posted on 08/11/2005 1:42:07 PM PDT by dljordan
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To: ContemptofCourt

"FWIW, 2 oz of pot is a bit much for personal consumption..."

So is a case of Cokes but I buy them 4 cases at a time.


38 posted on 08/11/2005 1:42:16 PM PDT by L98Fiero
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To: freepatriot32

Wow, a martyr for the libertarians. AKA a criminal.


39 posted on 08/11/2005 1:42:37 PM PDT by G32
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To: Horatio Gates
The shooting outraged and confused Diotaiuto's friends, who said he had no criminal record, was not violent and didn't sell drugs. .......The concealed weapons permit, was a "major factor" in the department's decision to involve the SWAT team, Voss said.

From the earlier story http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1460209/posts

40 posted on 08/11/2005 1:42:53 PM PDT by freepatriot32 (Deep within every dilemma is a solution that involves explosives)
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To: ContemptofCourt
FWIW, 2 oz of pot is a bit much for personal consumption...

Nope.

41 posted on 08/11/2005 1:43:04 PM PDT by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: Spann_Tillman
but maybe he bought in bulk because, as everyone knows, the more you buy, the more you save.

LOL

42 posted on 08/11/2005 1:43:07 PM PDT by ContemptofCourt
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To: ContemptofCourt
FWIW, 2 oz of pot is a bit much for personal consumption...

Not if high quality only comes around every leap year it's not. ;^)

43 posted on 08/11/2005 1:43:18 PM PDT by DCPatriot
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To: HairOfTheDog; ContemptofCourt

2 ounces is certainly enough to deal, but it's also small enough for private consumption. If you smoke marijuana often enough, sooner or later you are going to get tired of paying higher prices, and buying more frequently. Stocking up pays off. I know people who have 4 ounces of pot for personal consumption at home, because they think that if they have to buy it less frequently, that's less exposure and less danger of getting in trouble.

Personally, if this guy got 5 bullets for every 1 ounce of weed at his house, there would have been times in the past where my roommates could have been riddled with 50 bullets. And that too was for personal consumption.

The main point is that it's a sad commentary on our wonderful experiment in Liberty, when a man is in a position where he is shot 10 times for possessing, even with intent to sell, 2 ounces of dried plant material.


44 posted on 08/11/2005 1:43:33 PM PDT by t_skoz ("let me be who I am - let me kick out the jams!")
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To: t_skoz
That man was shot for grabbing a gun. He was served a search warrant for POT. BIG difference!
45 posted on 08/11/2005 1:43:43 PM PDT by 7thOF7th (Righteousness is our cause and justice will prevail!)
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To: freepatriot32

Well, I'm still curious about the actual affadavit. It does seem like over kill (no pun intended.)


46 posted on 08/11/2005 1:43:43 PM PDT by Horatio Gates (What's the matter boy? He ain't gonna bite you. That's good terrorist. Good and dead.)
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To: ContemptofCourt

Well, not that Id know from personal experience or anything, but it all depends on the grade and who you know. A friend could get mexican brickweed (aka shwag) for $50-60/oz (Ill admit this is a really good deal). On the other hand, high quality stuff retails for about $50 for 1/8oz. I wouldn't be surprised if the price has gone down since the 80s, prices for other drugs e.g. cocaine have fallen dramatically since then (so I hear).


47 posted on 08/11/2005 1:43:53 PM PDT by somniferum
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To: freepatriot32

Well, he was severely violating his CCW conditions. Zero sympathy for this guy.


48 posted on 08/11/2005 1:44:11 PM PDT by G32
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To: freepatriot32

I've got a powder scale for reloading. Guess I'm a felon.


49 posted on 08/11/2005 1:44:21 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (Never underestimate the will of the downtrodden to lie flatter.)
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To: numberonepal

Well, I'm impressed with you guys, then. Personally, IMO, keeping more than an oz around is inviting just this kind of trouble.


50 posted on 08/11/2005 1:44:56 PM PDT by ContemptofCourt
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