Skip to comments.St. Paul Cops Shoot Dog in Wrong-Door Raid, Force Handcuffed Kids to Sit Near the Corpse
Posted on 08/10/2012 7:25:05 PM PDT by george76
police officers who conducted a wrong-door raid on their home shot their dog, and then forced their three handcuffed children to sit near the dead pet while officers ransacked the home. The lawsuit, which names Ramsey County, the Dakota County Drug Task Force, and the DEA, and asks for $30 million in civil rights violations and punitive damages after a wrong-door raid, also claims that the officers kicked the children and deprived one of them of her diabetes medication.
The suit also alleges that one of the lead officers with the task force "provided false information" in order to get a warrant to raid the Franco family's home.
Shawn Scovill of the taskforce may have raided the wrong house, but he didn't want to let the opportunity to rifle through someone's things go to waste. So he and his team ransacked the Franco house
Since the DEA is named in the suit, the Francos' legal team will likely find itself going head-to-head with Obama administration lawyers, who argued a similar case earlier this year before the Ninth Circuit. Short recap of the proceedings: The DOJ sought a summary dismissal of a lawsuit filed against seven DEA agents for their rough treatment of a family of four--mother, father, two very young daughters--during a wrong-door raid conducted during the Bush administration. The Ninth Circuit, denied the DOJ's request for a summary dismissal, and drew a bright line between how adults are treated during raids, and how children are treated during raids.
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At least no one there got a tampon ripped from ones happy place
God bless those kids, and punish the bast*rds for what they did to the Dog.
People are getting really sick of this sh*t.
Time to train more Attack Cats.
I fear power in the hands of fools, especially the very stupid ones with attitude.
Imagine the crap storm that would rain down on you and your world if you did what they did and you would deserve it.
Cops, thanks to their position of power and authority, should be held to even higher and more stringent standards, especially when they cause such harm.
I pray that this story has the same impact on others as it has on me and that grows into the necessary outrage to put a stop to this crap. These stories are far too common.
If you need a personal warning about the police state being created, take this story to heart, then demand that it stops!
These people would easily march you into the showers when the time comes.
The novel "Unintended Consequences" by John Ross features a man (Henry Bowman) who is unfairly targeted by the police (BATF, actually). Doesn't end well for the govvies.
I think we will see something like that within 12 months, if Obama is re-elected (which I consider likely).
So what if a few children are traumatized for life? The important question: Did all the cops go home safely to their families after breaking down an innocent family’s door, killing their pet, and destroying their house?
There’s a thread about 6-10 down that’ll explain it.
I know police work is demanding, but no law enforcement should ever break into a home until they have double and triple checked that it is the correct residence. There are too many such stories and some have the worst possible endings.
Ever since the so-called War On Drugs (WOD) and, now, the War On Terror (WOT) — actually more like the War On The Bill of Rights) — began, our civilian cops have been undergoing MILITARY training. The authorities gentle it down with the prefix Para but those dynamic entry teams would be more at home in Baghdad than Boston. (Well, unless they hit John Kerrys front door at 3 am, Boston might not be a good example.) Watch Dallas SWAT for a dose of how it works.
I have long thought that that sort of activity within the ranks of otherwise civilian law enforcement was a push by those with an agenda to bypass posse comitatus for purposes BEYOND the WOD/WOT and other currently criminal behavior.
That the mass of that shrinking minority the American citizen (thank you Mr. Open Borders Bush and Total Amnesty Obama) has NOT objected to this erosion of personal liberty does NOT bode well for the future of freedom here.
I wonder what sort of body count of innocent grandmothers and others it will take before folks begin to grasp that they might be more at risk from the cops than the criminals and bring the situation back under control?
My Uncle Bob (R.I.P.) would be horrified.
My Uncle Bob was a 30-year veteran of a police force in suburban Cleveland. He was best man at my wedding in 1962. He served in an era when MOST cops embodied the now frequently hollow motto emblazoned on police units all over this country: TO PROTECT AND SERVE.
The last 10 years of his career were spent as the chief Juvenile Detective in his department. When he died, a number of the young men whose lives he had touched years before came forward to tell how his timely and sometimes tough-love intervention turned them around.
I know that many officers STILL try to live that creed today. I also know that there are officers out there who, despite the rulings by the Supremes that they have no obligation to specific, individual citizens (see Warren v. DC for some fascinating and frightening reading on that), would stand between one of us and a bullet and have.
Having said that, I must also lament that SOME cops are cowboys. Too many are simply power driven megalomaniacs who would have dropped on the OTHER side of the law had their lives drifted a degree or two off the course they did take.
I believe this to be especially true of far too many federal law enforcement types who have allowed their egos and hubris to become as bloated as the bureaucratic federal behemoth they serve. (See footnote below). Their mandate is no longer to protect and serve the citizens who pay their salaries: It is to crush any meaningful resistance to a growing body of procedures, regulations and policies too frequently enforced under severely tortured interpretations of the underlying legislative enactments (if any) and often put in place by executive fiat. The massively abused SEIZURE statutes laws the author of which now seeks to RESCIND! — spring to mind.
And one cannot but help to wonder how the clear to anyone with half a brain criminality of the Clintons and now Obama and their subsequent avoidance of any penalty has played into the problem? There now seems to be a bright line between the easy, highly flexible, slap-on-the-wrist law for the rich and powerful and the rigidly enforced law against even the tiniest victimless crimes committed by those of us further down the food chain. Does anyone in his right mind believe THAT will NOT engender added disrespect for ALL law?
Could those things be a large part of the problem in some of the highly disturbing and DEADLY (on BOTH sides) confrontations we have witnessed over the past decade or so? Gordon Kahl, Ruby Ridge, OK City, Waco, Beck This list WILL lengthen and wed all better pray that WE will be spared.
Roman historian Tacitus warned that one could tell the level of corruption in a society by the NUMBER of its laws. Anyone doubt the level of corruption here?
Am I the only one who thinks were long overdue a serious review of the NUMBERS of laws under which we are now forced to exist and which are increasingly used not to assure our safety or well-being, but to COMMAND AND CONTROL us and KEEP US IN LINE.
Only the most tyrannical and power-crazed members of law enforcement could possibly object to that.
The modern counterparts of my uncle would not object.
It is THEY, after all, who are most likely to catch that bullet probably fired by someone who has symbolically screamed to himself IM MAD AS HELL AND IM NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANY MORE — referred to earlier when they sally forth to serve that flimsy warrant or make that bogus arrest.
Dick Bachert (1999) Updated 12/2010
At a cocktail party back in the late 80’s, I struck up a chat with a fellow — his name was Joe M. — whom I’d met on one or two previous events. After my first encounter, Joe’s neighbor and my boss at the time told me that Joe was an alcoholic who had just retired from 25 years with the IRS. Needless to say, I was guarded in expressing my political views to Joe as the IRS had helped my dad into an early grave in 1977 — at age 59 over an estate matter. Joe was pretty deep into his cups at the function in question and began telling IRS “war stories.” Most had to do with clear cases of criminal conduct by not very nice people. Joe — who was a few years short of 60 — sounded to me like someone who enjoyed helping getting really bad people off the street and I asked why he’d retired early. He told me that what he called “the service” had changed for the worse. Then I asked him about the new people coming in. He shook his head, actually teared up and said that many of them were “really bad.” I pressed. “Really bad” meant incompetent? “No — DANGEROUS,” he responded “they like to hurt people.”
It was then that I think I understood why Joe drank.
Gee, I can’t imagine why anyone would hate the pigs.
What’s with cops shooting dogs?
Seems like there’s been a lot of stories lately about cops beating up and abusing people, shooting dogs, busting down doors, etc.
Sounds like the cops are getting carried away with all this paramilitary sh!t. And now they’re gonna have drones? Save us.
The only justice would be if the lawsuit stripped each of t he folks in positions of authority within this raid of all their possessions, their pensions, and their jobs. As it is, I imagine if the plaintiff wins this suit, the taxpayers pay up and these scumbags go on about their business. There is no ncentive for these jbt’s to think twice about terrorizing citizens.
This crap will never end until cities(taxpayers) quit being the piggy bank for funding the payouts of the lawsuit(s).
It should come from the police union’s pension fund.
What should be the proper treatment then for the ATF, AG, executive branch and anyone else that knew about Fast and Furious and approved or did nothing to stop it? These are REAL, EVIL crimminals.
These local thugs do not even deserve a trial. They should be delivered in shackles to the family they abused and then no questions asked.
>>These people would easily march you into the showers when the time comes.
THAT is worth saying again.
You know, mistreating animals is a sign to watch out for, as those who will harm animals will also often harm people.
This process, of shooting the pets as procedural, next gets ramped up to shooting people, next.
Its a process of desensitization of the public.
If a community wants to have an effect on the cops...then simply require the police to post a bond (I’d suggest in the $15 mil range) for each single raid. When they appear in front of the judge...a second paper will be there...and the judge will sign it. If the raid is a “failure”, the bond is paid out within thirty days. The money? I’d have it related to the police budget over the next five years...say a massive limit on payraises or bonuses across the entire police force.
I’m also of the opinion that raids ought to only occur in daylight hours. This 10PM at night business for raid scheduling, merely creates overtime hours somewhere in the accounting business, which the local cops hate to admit.