Skip to comments.SWAT Targets Family for Drinking Tea
Posted on 03/30/2014 5:30:13 PM PDT by QT3.14
In 21st-century America, the most innocent of activities could have a SWAT team busting down your door. Reason profiles the Harte family, who were the victims of a SWAT home invasion after police raided their garbage cans (h/t Ben Domench). An unreliable field test falsely identified Addie Hartes trashed teabags as marijuana, and SWAT leapt into action. The Hartes didnt just suffer the trauma of the raidthey had to spend $25,000 just to find out why they were targeted.
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I drink Brown&Bigelow “Constant Comment” and Lipton “Black Pearl”.
Come get me jackboots!
(I’ll make sure the cat litter is well used and in the trash so you can dig through it!)
They weren’t targeted over tea. It’s all about the WOD, which trumps your rights.
JBs being JBs.
If they’re too stupid to not know the difference between tea bags and pot, they should not be wearing any kind of a uniform.
The family is lucky they didn’t have a dog.
What would have happened if the law-abiding residents were armed and ready to defend themselves?
AmeriKa is coming.
Oo! Oo! Oo! Pick me! I know the answer to this one! They would have been shot where they stood. Every one of them. And each of them would be found to have been a “good shoot” because the police would, in each case, have been found to have been following proper procedures.
Don’t look now, but it might already be here.
Police field tests for illegal drugs are garbage. They misidentify common substances as contraband. No wonder the police often find out they were mistaken.
Article is a bit weak on details. I would like to know about the $25,000 to find out why they were targeted. Did the author think this wasn’t important?
End the WOD now.
“What would have happened if the law-abiding residents were armed and ready to defend themselves?”
Dead bodies on both sides. This is just nuts. Time that the government got out of the drug, alcohol and gun business. Just hope that when it does happen, that the cops get their collective noses bloodied. Something simply has to underscore that this kind of lawless behavior by LEOs is not going to be tolerated any more. And time to start Jailing Sheriff’s and Chief’s of Police who drive this kind of “law enforcement.”
“Police field tests for illegal drugs are garbage. They misidentify common substances as contraband. No wonder the police often find out they were mistaken.”
And I bet they refuse to document the reliability of the tests. Same as the drug sniffing dogs. They don’t want to document and show the truth, that it is BS. The actually value would fall well under any concept of probable cause if the truth was accepted.
Same thing with SWAT. A state had to ORDER their police to track SWAT use, reasons, accuracy, convictions, etc. Why? Because cops know that people would balk at SWAT raids because far too many end in crap like this story here.
Way short of dates, current status and possible outcome at link.
I DO AGREE that there is an over-use of SWAT but also know that there have been ugly incidents of out-gunned police in the past. Still I remember USAG Janet Reno’s various adventures in military attacks and USAG Eric Holder seems to follow that same meme, and the average citizen caught has the feeling of a fly under the swatter. This is NOT what the US Constitution authorizes but it seems endlessly compliant judiciary has lost their copy of that document!
Access to information can be very expensive, because bureaucrats often take the long road when it comes to releasing documents.
Since when is it legal for the cops to go through your trash that is on your property?
“Access to information can be very expensive, because bureaucrats often take the long road when it comes to releasing documents.”
“We can’t release any information, it’s currently under investigation”.
It will ALWAYS be currently under investigation.
No boot-licker, po-po can do no wrong fans on this thread...I had to slap one around few days ago.
Well we all know tea is a gateway drug...next thing you know, they’ll be hooked on coffee.
Since pretty much forever. The rationale seems to be that once you have put something in the trash, you have relinquished possession, and then anyone else is free to use it for any purpose.
Uncle Si Robertson would be tick off if somebody tell him that he can’t drink his iced tea LOL!
Although I should add that if the trash is still on your property (within your curtilage), most jurisdictions will still require a warrant. If you have put it out on the street, probably not.
I buy Yerba Mate by the kilo for $6.99 at a New London, CT store the leans heavily Latin American everything. (Great store!) If they ever looked at my trash they wouldn’t even bother going to the judge to get the warrant. Other loose teas also in use, approach with caution. Irish Breakfast is my favorite.
The link was somewhat camouflaged.
AmeriKa is coming.
It is here. Unremarked and in fact embraced by both wings of the uniparty. When the USSCT upheld ACA as constitutional, the United States of America overtly crossed the threshold to become a totalitarian state. Most people do not understand what totalitarian means. It does not mean as bad as possible, or as controlled as possible. It means that the State regards itself as the arbiter of ALL aspects of life. What the State does not regulate is permissive, but the State has plenary power. Its reach is unrestricted.
This article is worth a close and careful read. I submit that this is the world view and base of action of virtually every official in every branch of the federal government. Understand this, and one understands them.
AmeriKa is HERE.
My used tea gets put on plants, being a good fertilizer.
(too many of these jbt forays deserve to be one-way trips)
“Honey, where’s that pot you bought the other day? Shouldn’t we throw that away now? Oh and be sure to get it all wet before you put it in the garbage so it will look like used tea.”
any damn time they want to. DEA probably. Not cops.
Also trash is usually located on city property.
“Well we all know tea is a gateway drug...next thing you know, theyll be hooked on coffee.”
Then comes the dreaded cigarettes.
I don't know, but I suspect when they do a gun grab, we will find out.
They were cops. From an earlier story =>
“A Leawood couple filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday over a 2012 SWAT-style home raid by heavily armed sheriffs deputies who wrongly believed the couple were growing marijuana.”
Silly peasant! Where do you get such ideas?
But that doesn't include entering your property to rummage through it does it? When I had a security clearance the Chief of Security at the facility at which I was employed ordered my trash on my property to be searched and photographed. After seeing photos of my trash on the chief's desk when he exited during an interview, I reported it to the company ombudsman and after a time the chief was demoted.
Tea is supposed to go in the compost pile in the backyard.
I suppose they think the only plant that can be grown with hydroponics is Pot????? They’ve lost their freakin minds.
OK, I missed that link. Thanks.
They targeted these people because they were tea party people.
See post 25. As for the trash collector, does your contract specify that the collector is responsible for the trash between when it is placed at the curb and when it is actually collected?
See post 25.
Yep. You posted an addendum regarding the sanctity of trash on one’s own property while I was raising that question. I saw yours after I posted mine. But apparently some authorities think they have the right to trespass by virtue of the catch all: “probable cause.”
No, I’m sure it doesn’t. I live in the country. My trash is placed on MY property before the trash collectors pick it up. After looking into it, it does seem to be okay with too many jurisdictions that is fine for LE to steal your trash.
When I got 'swatted' by the local police, they stated that a 'sniffer dog' had 'hit' on a bedroom and the kitchen. Both my wife and I don't smoke, drink, swear (much) or do drugs; so I have to assume that the dog 'hit' on the SIX F***ING cats my wife and I have. I had to move to lower our stress levels and help manage the nightmares.
An article in the Chicago Tribune stated that these mutts are only 45% accurate.
The use of those four-footed bastards (oops) should be OUTLAWED!
” An article in the Chicago Tribune stated that these mutts are only 45% accurate.
The use of those four-footed bastards (oops) should be OUTLAWED! “
That is actually pretty high for these dogs. By the way, the dog isn’t the bastard, the cops misusing it is.