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Lakeland (FL) SWAT Team Puts New Ride Into Action (Blow out windows on house no one was in)
THE LEDGER ^ | Saturday, April 19, 2014 | Stephanie Allen

Posted on 04/19/2014 6:19:28 AM PDT by Sam's Army

Lakeland Police SWAT team officers looking for stolen motorcycles tried out their newest technologies Friday evening while serving a search warrant on a house in South Lakeland.

Police said detectives have been investigating motorcycle thefts in Polk, Hillsborough and Orange counties.

After conducting surveillance and gathering information for a judge to sign a search warrant, LPD called in its SWAT team to execute the warrant at a house on Empress Way in the neighborhood near Kelly Recreation Center, Sgt. Mike Lewis said.

"We did not know if anyone was inside and we had information that the persons involved were armed," Lewis said. "It was a safety issue."

It was an opportunity for police to see how well their newly acquired Lenco BearCat armored vehicle would perform. City commissioners last year approved the purchase of the 22,000-pound bullet-resistant vehicle to replace a 1967 armored vehicle. The BearCat features new technologies, air-conditioning, cameras and seating for 12 officers instead of six.

On Friday, the SWAT team drove the BearCat down Lakeland streets and onto the front lawn of the house. The officers crouched behind and inside the vehicle, unsure of what was inside the house.

The officers used tactical maneuvers to blow out the front windows, leaving curtains lying in the yard, and they gained entry into the attached garage.

After more than an hour of searching, officers cleared the house. No one was inside, Lewis said.

"(The vehicle) completely revolutionizes things because we can bring cover up to a location," Lakeland Police Lt. Mike Spade said. "We went on the assumption that someone could be armed in the house. We needed to be safe."

Detectives were searching the house Friday night.

Lewis said, so far, about 30 motorcycles across Polk, Orange and Hillsborough counties have been identified as stolen. No one has been arrested.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: confrontationwatch; corruption; domesticterrorism; donutwatch; feos; gearqueers
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1 posted on 04/19/2014 6:19:28 AM PDT by Sam's Army
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To: Sam's Army

2 posted on 04/19/2014 6:20:45 AM PDT by Sam's Army
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To: Sam's Army

Republicans,dogs,and domestic terrorists be on notice!


3 posted on 04/19/2014 6:22:05 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Sam's Army
The article does not mention any recovered motor cycles, I wonder why?

In a few years they will have Abrams tanks to deploy in such situations, then they can flatten the house “to be safe in case someone has a firearm inside”. Of course that justification can be used anywhere as there are supposed to be 200+million firearms in the hands of the public so any home theoretically could have firearms. This would be a more novel approach. Surveil the home, wait till someone shows up with a or more than one motorcycle and then serve the search warrant.

4 posted on 04/19/2014 6:24:10 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Sam's Army

probably found a roach in the home so that will justify all this.


5 posted on 04/19/2014 6:25:36 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Sam's Army
Because motorcycle theft requires a military-like response. Besides, exposing the sheeple to all this training and military equipment in each County across the U.S.,will help easily convince them that Posse Comitatus is passé.
6 posted on 04/19/2014 6:27:22 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Sam's Army

This is the problem with the feds giving away these vehicles to local LEOs.

Everyone is looking for an excuse to take it out to play.

Neighbor hears a scream next door, calls 911, and hear comes the war machine....to find a couple relaxing after an intimate moment....

Well....when the roof lines in the area are 8 feet apart....


7 posted on 04/19/2014 6:28:24 AM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: Sam's Army

Those fellows in the photo look like they’re just itchin’ to protect and serve the public!


8 posted on 04/19/2014 6:28:51 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: Sam's Army
It was an opportunity for police to see how well their newly acquired Lenco BearCat armored vehicle would perform

After more than an hour of searching, officers cleared the house. No one was inside, Lewis said.

Lewis said, so far, about 30 motorcycles across Polk, Orange and Hillsborough counties have been identified as stolen. No one has been arrested.

Oops...maybe they conveniently forgot to mention whether there were ANY MOTORCYCLES recovered. I'm sure this wasn't just the police joyriding and using this as intimidation against any "domestic terrorists".
They mention no people inside. They mention 30 motorcycles recovered across Polk, Orange and Hillsborough counties. But not one mention of motorcycles found in the house or garage after an hour of searching.

Must be damn small motorcycles they're looking for, if they were searching the house for them for an hour.

9 posted on 04/19/2014 6:29:40 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Mouton
"The article does not mention any recovered motor cycles, I wonder why?"

Yep. No motor-sickles, no arrests, but by golly the local economy got a boost by ensuring a glass company and interior decorator are gonna get some business.

10 posted on 04/19/2014 6:29:44 AM PDT by Sam's Army
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To: Dr. Ursus

Also boys with video game controllers in their hands, old men with walking canes, the homeless, Old Mexican ladies delivering newspapers, teen agers going surfing. They [police] have these new toys and they intend to use them.


11 posted on 04/19/2014 6:32:19 AM PDT by sport
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To: Sam's Army

“We needed to be safe.”

Bullsh1t!

It looks like more like a bunch of gear-queers wanting to play Navy SEAL with their toys. Go after bangers in Chicago, MS-13, or the cartels and I’ll buy this safety excuse.


12 posted on 04/19/2014 6:32:43 AM PDT by Antihero101607
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To: Mouton

Nothing found, nothing reported, no indication if anything incriminating at all was found. So to serve a search warrant, they brought up an armored car and detonated explosives before entering. Just wow.


13 posted on 04/19/2014 6:33:16 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Sam's Army

Geez...whatever happened to a megaphone and “Come out with your hands up “


14 posted on 04/19/2014 6:33:45 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Sam's Army

From Dr. Zhivago:
Offical: We mistakenly attacked the wrong village.
Zhivago: Your mistake, their village.


15 posted on 04/19/2014 6:33:55 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: Sam's Army
“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

16 posted on 04/19/2014 6:33:56 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: G Larry

The solution is don’t call 911, don’t see this, don’t hear that. At one time it was well and call the police if one heard a scream or if one saw something suspicious. Sadly, that time has came and gone. The cure is now worse than the disease.


17 posted on 04/19/2014 6:36:13 AM PDT by sport
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To: Mouton

Tiny Washington, Iowa just took delivery of a Mine Resistant Military vehicle that probably gets 5 miles per gallon. Why ?


18 posted on 04/19/2014 6:38:21 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Sam's Army
we had information that the persons involved were armed

Expect to see that phrase a lot, true or not, as justification to use this military equipment for basic warrants arrests that were made fine without them previously.

19 posted on 04/19/2014 6:43:50 AM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Sam's Army

There will be information developed on how to exploit the weaknesses of these monstrosities using simple methods and materials.


20 posted on 04/19/2014 6:46:48 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Good grief! I used to ride my motorcycle through there all the time. It's just a wide spot in the road.
21 posted on 04/19/2014 6:48:58 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: Sam's Army
Oh look, they get to play pretend army.

Hey Swat, you are IDIOTS and we are laughing at you.

22 posted on 04/19/2014 6:50:51 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

Just call in threats that are at the limit of the gas tanks... As fuel costs increase maybe they will demand better cafe standards for their weapons of oppression


23 posted on 04/19/2014 6:56:32 AM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: MaxMax

Sorry chief, we’re all out of XXL and XXXL flak jackets!


24 posted on 04/19/2014 6:57:07 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Sam's Army
The problem I foresee is that the Law Enforcement departments are going to get too comfortable with their ‘toys’ and over confident in their abilities, and some nutcase with a grudge is going to scour the web and come up with the recipes for IED’s and put a whole new world of hurt on the Keystone Kops and their toys. What happened in Boston could be coming to a street near you.
25 posted on 04/19/2014 6:58:48 AM PDT by Traveler59 ( Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: Truth29
Nothing found, nothing reported, no indication if anything incriminating at all was found. So to serve a search warrant, they brought up an armored car and detonated explosives before entering. Just wow.

And the owners of the house will have to file a law suit against the municipality to be recompensed for the damage the raid caused; that is, if they can afford to pay their lawyer and win their suit .

26 posted on 04/19/2014 7:00:20 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: Joe Boucher

“probably found a roach in the home so that will justify all this.”

The photo was taken in the daylight, so Periplanata was doubtlessly undercover inside the house, awaiting night. From the photo, it appears there is a different species of roach. While it is similar to the common German Roach, these are far larger than the German Roach and heavily armed.

I therefore conclude they must be Nazi Roaches.


27 posted on 04/19/2014 7:01:51 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: Sam's Army

They musta been afraid they would flush them there motocickels down the toilet and get rid of the evidence.

Or something.


28 posted on 04/19/2014 7:03:36 AM PDT by Flintlock ( islam is a LIE, mohammed was a CRIMINAL, sharia is POISON.)
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To: Sam's Army

The increasingly overkill method of our authorities.

These guys should ideally be guarding our open borders.


29 posted on 04/19/2014 7:04:26 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Great post, the Russkies just didn’t have the second Ammendment and unlike the horse lines of the boys in Bunkerville neither did they have the balls to fight for it...

Lets note for this discussion that our g-men with guns aimed at the cowboys said “we’ll shoot” if u advance and then the cowboys said a prayer and advanced anyway and the g-men retreated.

When their knocking at your door, it’s too late, our forefathers understood that...

Let us thank the cowboys for reminding us all of that fact!


30 posted on 04/19/2014 7:06:34 AM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: Sam's Army

Police may be safe but, “What about the public?”


31 posted on 04/19/2014 7:07:11 AM PDT by JayAr36 (When an American dies Obama lies. And lies, and lies and lies forever.)
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To: Sam's Army

Lookit the Fat Blimp Gear Queers.


32 posted on 04/19/2014 7:08:46 AM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Sam's Army

Time for TANK TRAPS instead of fencing.


33 posted on 04/19/2014 7:10:27 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Sam's Army

Tactical Bacon is better crispy.


34 posted on 04/19/2014 7:11:42 AM PDT by The Toll (e)
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To: Ken522

“Those fellows in the photo look like they’re just itchin’ to protect and serve the public!”

A SWAT call out works better than Viagra


35 posted on 04/19/2014 7:12:01 AM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Tiny Washington, Iowa just took delivery of a Mine Resistant Military vehicle that probably gets 5 miles per gallon. Why ?

Just in case there's an outbreak of "Clive Bundy peasants" in the area?

36 posted on 04/19/2014 7:12:24 AM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Sam's Army
We went on the assumption

Well, you know what happens when you assume something. It make an ass of u and me .

37 posted on 04/19/2014 7:14:02 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Sam's Army
"Testosterone flowing on that day, I'll tell ya. Good fun and high fives all around!"

"Now let's go shave our heads and bond in our latent homosexual workout room while we de-brief each other."

-The Lakeland Florida Police Department comment on such a day.

38 posted on 04/19/2014 7:14:27 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Sam's Army
In Lakeland, it looks like it might be time to play

Cowboys and Gear Queers


39 posted on 04/19/2014 7:15:16 AM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Arrowhead1952

Warrants should require the judge who issued them to be on the scene as part of these paramilitary assaults, no-knock raids, dog shooting, grandpa beanbagging, flash bangin, steroid rage fests.


40 posted on 04/19/2014 7:17:20 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Mouton

Because they had very little actual information, made assumptions on what they had, lied to a compliant judge who rubber stamps warrants, and then of course found out they were hallucinating everything.

Nothing new about blowing up very small bits of information. A guy buys a can of ether, and cops immediately assume it is a meth production operation. They ignore all the legitimate uses for such things.

Anyone supporting cops today is blinded by an ends justify the means mentality. Or just not paying attention at all.


41 posted on 04/19/2014 7:17:55 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: mountn man

“Must be damn small motorcycles they’re looking for, if they were searching the house for them for an hour. “

Good catch. They were desperate to find ANYTHING to justify their ASSUMPTIONS that allowed them to play soldier.


42 posted on 04/19/2014 7:19:24 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: Sam's Army

Every law officer in the country,fed,state,local, anyone that wears a helmet needs to have their full name clearly visible printed on the side of it.


43 posted on 04/19/2014 7:23:48 AM PDT by The Toll (e)
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To: Antihero101607
Of course!
Jackboots are all about taking the “war” on Americans, but we can't actually have them use their gay toys on real criminals—illegal aliens, mafia, and violent drug gangs.

Cops these days are ridiculous! Everybody is a suspect and everybody is guilty before proven innocent (and your only declared innocent after they bury you)..,,

44 posted on 04/19/2014 7:25:29 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal
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To: Sam's Army
Perfect ambush. Set up across the street from where the cops are supposed to investigate. They have no perimeter set or overwatch.
45 posted on 04/19/2014 7:29:52 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Sam's Army


“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government, lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”
Patrick Henry
1736-1799


46 posted on 04/19/2014 7:37:23 AM PDT by EXCH54FE (Hurricane 416,Feisty Old Vet !!)
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To: vetvetdoug
I was thinking the same thing but didn't want to tip the hand. These lunatics are not big on thought. The bigger the toy the more the joy.

Shaved heads, prone to group-think, below average IQ's, unquestioning, losers who take joy in working out their issues on those who must not respond in kind.

These guys are Kent State every friggin day, and the same hippies who cried over it, now employ and take pride in the same.

Absolutely Weird.

47 posted on 04/19/2014 7:38:43 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Joe Boucher

Lol, there are roaches in every FL home... But I digress.


48 posted on 04/19/2014 7:39:16 AM PDT by Afterguard (Liberals will let you do anything you want, as long as it's mandatory.)
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To: Afterguard
As a municipal service, perhaps these warrants can be carried out with pesticide spray mixed in with the tear gas they fire.

Gotta find an up-side to these situations.....Sure they shot the dog, killed gramps cause he had a cane, shouted obscenities at the children while they were face down in ty-wrapped wrists, but at least the other unwanted guests will be gone.

49 posted on 04/19/2014 7:45:24 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: mountn man

I caught on to that as well. Must have been a 150,000 sqft home.


50 posted on 04/19/2014 7:51:49 AM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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