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Family Says Police Killed Their Dogs and Slammed Grandmother to Ground
WHO-TV (NBC) Des Moines, Iowa ^ | November 18, 2011 | Aaron Brilbeck

Posted on 11/20/2011 5:50:57 PM PST by bamahead

Matthew Spaulding says he and his family were terrorized at their own home by police who slammed his grandmother to the ground and shot his dogs-- missing his head by less than an inch. "Told us to get on the ground. I got on the ground they put me in handcuffs," Spaulding recalls, "Then they threw my dad to the ground and my dog Sadie was right here sniffing my head. She was next to me. They shot her. The blood got on my face and then she took off running behind me and they shot her like three more times."

Tuesday morning, Greene County Sheriffs Deputies and Perry Police officers arrived at Spaulding's Jefferson farmhouse to deliver a search warrant. The Spauldings say they were immediately ordered to the ground.. even Matthew Spauldings' disabled father, Chris. "My son hit the ground I hit the ground but I didn't make it too fast so (the officer) jumped on the middle of my back, shoved his knee in and held a gun to the back of my head and handcuffed me. After they shot my first dog my mom come out"

"They had taken me to the ground," Chris Spauldings' mother Susan Mace says, "So I was laying with my face in the ground. And I asked them why they shot the dog because the dogs weren't close to them"

The Spauldings say after the first dog was killed, a second dog running away from the shots --- and away from police--- was also shot. "They weren't barking. They weren't attacking nobody." Matthew Spaulding says, "They didn't even give us a chance to put them in the kennel. We have a big kennel outside our house we could have put them in but they wouldn't give us a chance."

Perry Police are not commenting. And they're refusing to turn over any paperwork or reports about the incident saying it's part of an ongoing investigation. But we were able to get copies of the search warrants. One warrant shows police were looking for any kind of legal or illegal drugs. The other shows police were looking for a stolen X-Box video game system. No drugs and no stolen games were found--and no one was arrested.

Chris Spaulding says he's furious his dogs were killed--his mother was ruffed up and his son was almost killed by police---all over a missing video game system. "Some of these officers should be fired because they kinda took their job too far. No common sense. No public safety when you got a kid on the ground," he says, "That's messed up man. Right beside his head. You could have shot my son."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: 4thamendment; jackbootedthugs; jbt; lping; policebrutality; policestate; policethuggery; rapeofliberty; warondogs
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Another 'isolated incident'.

Video at link.

1 posted on 11/20/2011 5:51:01 PM PST by bamahead
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To: Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; albertp; Alexander Rubin; Allosaurs_r_us; amchugh; ...
One warrant shows police were looking for any kind of legal or illegal drugs. The other shows police were looking for a stolen X-Box video game system. No drugs and no stolen games were found--and no one was arrested.



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2 posted on 11/20/2011 5:52:25 PM PST by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: bamahead

A C.I probably gave the cops the wrong address. This happens more often than you think.


3 posted on 11/20/2011 5:52:38 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: The KG9 Kid

ping.


4 posted on 11/20/2011 5:53:45 PM PST by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: bamahead

Sheesh. This is right down the road from me.


5 posted on 11/20/2011 5:55:01 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Nutritionally, you are what you eat. Politically, you are what you endorse.)
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To: bamahead
With an oink oink here and an oink oink there..

6 posted on 11/20/2011 5:55:26 PM PST by I see my hands (The old sod ne'er shall be forgot.)
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To: goldstategop

Two warrants? One of which doesn’t even specify the specific drugs they were supposed to seize...anything ‘legal or illegal’?

Sounds more like a fishing expedition to me.


7 posted on 11/20/2011 5:56:13 PM PST by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: bamahead

They weren’t looking for a stolen X-Box.


8 posted on 11/20/2011 5:57:57 PM PST by svcw (God's Grace - thank you!)
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To: bamahead

Mistakes like are inexcusable. You’d think a police stakeout of the location would have uncovered the truth. The city is liable for damages and it also faces a lawsuit. Its not easy to hold rogue cops accountable.


9 posted on 11/20/2011 5:58:39 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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10 posted on 11/20/2011 5:59:28 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: goldstategop

“A C.I probably gave the cops the wrong address. This happens more often than you think.”

Who cares they are suppose to be officers of the law not gossips. They need to conduct an investigation beyond what some informant said. Either the judge that issued the warrant or the cop that lied to the judge or both need to go.

And if they have a valid warrant, the need to behave reasonably why executing it. You see that execute means CARRY OUT, not you get to execute the dog. Chickens.


11 posted on 11/20/2011 6:01:15 PM PST by JLS (How to turn a recession into a depression: elect a Dem president with a big majorities in Congress)
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To: bamahead

I LOVE dogs, but sorry, when this happens for silly reasons I honestly think the same # of cop dogs should automatically be put down, with the handler present.

Cop work now just “isn’t cool” if they can’t get gussied up in nomex kook gear and hurt innocent people.

When a country fights a long, low-intensity war, soldiers are ordered to act like cops, and the cops gradually begin to act like soldiers.


12 posted on 11/20/2011 6:02:32 PM PST by gaijin
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To: bamahead
They are practicing on ordinary citizens. In another year they will be actually shooting the residents of the houses they "mistakenly" raid and they will get paid vacations as rewards for their efforts. This is part of our totalitarian future and it is not the far future.
13 posted on 11/20/2011 6:03:05 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: goldstategop

Sounds to me like this kid has gotten into trouble before and probably ticked one of the cops off.

Payback is hell.

Certainly these cops didn’t pick this house out of the blue to go and harass.

They may be sorry they executed the dogs and started this fishing expedition.


14 posted on 11/20/2011 6:04:04 PM PST by Venturer
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To: goldstategop
Our house was raided by mistake by the King County Swat Team shortly after we moved in. They made a giant mess. I was gone. They held my wife against the wall while they searched the house. Fortunately our wiener dogs were contained. My wife was furious. We never received an apology or even a coherent explanation.
15 posted on 11/20/2011 6:05:05 PM PST by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: svcw

from you:
“...They weren’t looking for a stolen X-Box...”

from the article:
“...we were able to get copies of the search warrants. One warrant shows police were looking for any kind of legal or illegal drugs. The other shows police were looking for a stolen X-Box video game system. No drugs and no stolen games were found-and no one was arrested...”


16 posted on 11/20/2011 6:05:13 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: goldstategop

This kind of jackboot behavior is occurring more frequently. Local police have become militarized and seem to enjoy rolling out the SWAT gear every chance they get. These clowns ought to receive the harshest punishment possible for such inexcusable conduct. Also note these brutal types never miss an opportunity to kill family dogs, whether aggressive or not. Again, no excuse.


17 posted on 11/20/2011 6:05:29 PM PST by Czar (NRA Life Member)
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To: bamahead

Yep, and the bootlickers will be here shortly to tell us how “RARE” and “unusual” these “mistakes” are.

I don’t hate the police. I hate jack-booted thugs with badges who think they are a para-military group, and we the public are mere civilians, and all suspects.

I once told a cop that called me a civilian that I was a CITIZEN, no less than he was, and the only difference between he and I was that he had been entrusted with enforcing the law.

Truncheons (nightsticks, for those in Rio Linda) don’t taste very good.


18 posted on 11/20/2011 6:05:52 PM PST by Don W (You can forget what you do for a living when your knees are in the breeze.)
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To: goldstategop
Mistakes like are inexcusable.

I don't think that there was any mistake. They were sending a message.

19 posted on 11/20/2011 6:06:12 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Venturer

“Payback is hell.”

No pay back is illegal. And the punishment for crimes under the color of law are appropriately severe. Though apparently not severe enough to deter these criminals, if your conjecture was correct.


20 posted on 11/20/2011 6:06:15 PM PST by JLS (How to turn a recession into a depression: elect a Dem president with a big majorities in Congress)
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To: arthurus
. In another year they will be actually shooting the residents...

Already happening in Tucson.

21 posted on 11/20/2011 6:07:19 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: bamahead

Stinking fiends


22 posted on 11/20/2011 6:07:43 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: goldstategop

Our “protect and defenders” need to immediately implement a policy that there will be no more forced night entry unless it involves life and death apprehension of a known murderer or kidnapper.

Going after American citizens based upon false information provided by druggy stooges is an outrage. It contradicts everything that we base our society upon from “protect and serve” to the castle doctrine. In the dead of night most of us law abiding armed citizens don’t expect to be attacked or broken into, and will if our doors or windows are breached will shoot first and ask questions later. There is no act of law enforcement worth putting innocent Americans at risk.

As a law abiding citizen without even traffic points, if my home is broken into in the dead of night I’m going to use any means at my disposal to take down those that have entered. They will take heavy fire and I will depend upon my friends and relatives to defend my reputation afterwards.


23 posted on 11/20/2011 6:08:04 PM PST by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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To: goldstategop
Its not easy to hold rogue cops accountable.

If you pay attention to the daily news you almost have to conclude that these are NOT "rogue cops." It is SOP now.

24 posted on 11/20/2011 6:08:05 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: arthurus
In another year they will be actually shooting the residents of the houses they "mistakenly" raid

That's what they already do in Atlanta. Cost the city a few dollars, but the elderly lady is still dead.

25 posted on 11/20/2011 6:09:16 PM PST by PAR35
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To: bamahead

Civil forfeiture was about many things, but part of it really was also INCENTIVIZATION —if the cops could benefit in some material way from a bust, they’d be energized.

Let’s accept that for just a second:

Why do we NOT incentivize things on the NEGATIVE side?

After they terrorize taxpayers, the people who pay for those errors are.....OTHER taxpayers (who pay for the suit).

Why should incentives work just ONE way? If the cops know OTHER people pay for their error, what incentive do they really have to avoid such errors?

This has been going on for years. They need to be bonded, or put personal assets up as collateral, or consent to have their wives beat up in public, nude —SOMETHING.

There are plenty of good cops but bad cops are now having to pay NOTHING for eggregiously bad behavior.

If a person punches a police horse or dog, then legally it’s the same as punching a policeMAN.

Why, then, are “civvy dogs” then treated as LAB RATS?


26 posted on 11/20/2011 6:10:01 PM PST by gaijin
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To: bamahead

Union brown shirts.


27 posted on 11/20/2011 6:11:01 PM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: Venturer

Looks to me as if you are straining to find an excuse for the out-of-control doughnut eaters. Nothing involved in this situation justifies, excuses, or mitigates what they did. For all you know, this was a hit on the wrong address. But even if they found a house with a stolen x-box, it certainly would not excuse or justify this level of violence.


28 posted on 11/20/2011 6:12:58 PM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: goldstategop

Yep, and this is why a good team does surveillance independent of the source’s information as well as all the other database checks.

End the WOD and alot less grannies get slammed and dogs get shot.


29 posted on 11/20/2011 6:17:46 PM PST by Molon Labbie (Occupiers- The world is watching....and alternatively laughing and vomiting)
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To: arthurus

I still have the book “1984” that I once read many years go, but 1984 is here and gone and I suspect it will get worse unless we change it regardless of the politics.

The tree of liberty is not just a phrase. We’re losing our liberties every day while Americans are bending over in gratitude and politicians are sticking it to us telling us we as a society are doing better. Wrong. They are doing better, not society.

I despise what has happened to the country in the last 10 years. Many Americans have worn a uniform to defend and protect our liberties. We need to continue. See the Oathkeepers.


30 posted on 11/20/2011 6:18:12 PM PST by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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To: achilles2000

The two warrants is a bit of a give away. You can not behave that way looking for an X-box, it can not be flushed. But drugs can be so they lied about drugs to justify their behavior. [This is why the courts were wrong to allow no knock warrants and other violations of the Constitution.

My only question is whether the second drug warrant was actually made up after the fact to justify their behavior.


31 posted on 11/20/2011 6:18:45 PM PST by JLS (How to turn a recession into a depression: elect a Dem president with a big majorities in Congress)
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To: bamahead

They are becoming regular dog murderers.


32 posted on 11/20/2011 6:27:08 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: gaijin

This “civil incentive” is what should bother us all. It doesn’t end with drug busts.

With private prisons and corporations running law enforcement and photo cameras they will go after the $$$$$ at the expense of justice. Towns like Chevy Chase Village MD pay their fat cat police with super nice facilities and compensation at the expense of the out of town public who regularly gets robbed by their corporate owned 30mph speed cameras in zones with open 4 lane highways, with broad media strips that should be 45mph.

When the profit incentive enters law enforcement we the taxpayers are screwed. Judges in PA were taking kickbacks from private prisons owners to sentence and convict young people for their profit. They got sent to jail but most are not. Google: PA judges private prison.


33 posted on 11/20/2011 6:28:16 PM PST by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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To: JLS

It was an odd bit of reporting to say that the police were looking for legal and illegal drugs. In any event, I think you are right.


34 posted on 11/20/2011 6:28:40 PM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: achilles2000
there was a time when strong entry was reserved for known armed felons, not anymore... whats next too many parking tickets???
35 posted on 11/20/2011 6:32:12 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: bamahead

There’s something about police officers that I just don’t like—and my only encounters have been with traffic tickets. They’re essentially bullies who love to flout their authority and push people around.

I would bet that police departments hire them for that very reason.


36 posted on 11/20/2011 6:33:31 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: PAR35

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathryn_Johnston_shooting


37 posted on 11/20/2011 6:35:52 PM PST by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: bamahead
Get used to it.

By obamao's 3rd term this will be a commonplace event for things ranging from overdue parking tickets to discovery that you were formerly a registered republican...

By his 4th term all will be quiet...

38 posted on 11/20/2011 6:36:48 PM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: gaijin

POST OF THE DAY!!!

Especially love this line: “They need to be bonded, or put personal assets up as collateral, or consent to have their wives beat up in public, nude —SOMETHING.”

Damn right!!!


39 posted on 11/20/2011 6:44:43 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (And who doesn't have baggage?)
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To: bamahead

Every cop involved, every prosecutor involved, every judge involved, should be publicly identified. With full addresses, phone numbers, emails, etc.


40 posted on 11/20/2011 6:46:41 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: gaijin
Civil forfeiture was about many things, but part of it really was also INCENTIVIZATION —if the cops could benefit in some material way from a bust, they’d be energized.

Yhea...(Deceased) Donald Scott, knows that, too.....
www.fear.org/scott.html


41 posted on 11/20/2011 6:46:57 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (I can take tomorrow, spend it all today. Who can take your income, tax it all away. Obama Man can. :)
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To: bamahead

I’m kind of going ‘WTF?’ here. This doesn’t happen much in Iowa, especially out in the boonies like this one. Two warrants? A raid for an X-box, or possibly ‘legal or illegal drugs’? Too vague, too trivial, and the raid is too over-the-top.

There is more to this and I’m kind of wondering exactly what the sheriff is involved in. This sounds like a raid to hush someone up.


42 posted on 11/20/2011 6:47:16 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: bamahead
PIGs out of control.
43 posted on 11/20/2011 6:47:44 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: arthurus

In another year they will be actually shooting the residents of the houses they “mistakenly” raid and they will get paid vacations as rewards for their efforts.
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If the police raid my home for no cause and killed my dogs, they may as well shoot me, too. I would not forgive and I don’t think I would like prison much.

Right or wrong— my dogs are like children to me since I no longer have kids living at home. Just thinking about this happening to my home and my dogs makes me scared and my stomach pitch and turn.

Seriously, there are too many stories of this lately. It makes me want to cry. I don’t want to get angry with police but this is unacceptable, it breaks my heart and scares me.


44 posted on 11/20/2011 6:48:13 PM PST by Irenic
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To: SuperLuminal
It already is normal and getting worse each year for at least 15 years now.

Kathryn Johnston was blown away by rogue cops in Atlanta in 2006. It continues to this day.


45 posted on 11/20/2011 6:49:42 PM PST by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: Travis McGee

ping


46 posted on 11/20/2011 6:52:38 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Irenic

I have 3 labrador retrievers and I often say, they’ll have to “take one for the team” to keep cops from shooting the rest of my family.


47 posted on 11/20/2011 6:55:33 PM PST by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: achilles2000
Looks like the cops checked the address and found a resident had some serious priors.

The other folks living there are lucky they weren't injured in the raid.

Now, regarding a stolen X-Box, what a phony bologna excuse ~ X-Boxes are like umbrellas ~ they are never stolen, just missing.

Who's the idiot judge who'd waste public tax money authorizing a raid for an X-Box?

A compare and contrast ~ a judge authorizes a warrant for a stolen box of dough-nuts located in a police break room.

Bwahahahahahha!

48 posted on 11/20/2011 7:01:52 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: bamahead

Research “UCC 1-308/1-207” and “Commercial Liens”

http://www.buildfreedom.com/tl/comliens.shtml


49 posted on 11/20/2011 7:02:53 PM PST by phockthis
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To: bamahead
his mother was ruffed up

"Ruffed" - displaying or wearing a ruff.

"Ruff" - a neckpiece or collar of lace, lawn, or the like, gathered or drawn into deep, full, regular folds, worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.

"Lawn" - a thin or sheer linen or cotton fabric, either plain or printed

Those cops were pretty talented to have "ruffed up" the woman.

50 posted on 11/20/2011 7:07:24 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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