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SWAT raid in Kalamazoo turns up empty-handed, frightens family
WMMT.com NEWSCHANNEL 3 ^ | May 6, 2014 | Staff

Posted on 05/15/2014 3:28:51 PM PDT by bamahead

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A SWAT team raids a Kalamazoo family home looking for drugs, but turns up empty handed.

It happened last Thursday at a house on Southworth Terrace.

Two young children were home at the time.

Their parents tell us, police made a mistake, and now they're left to cope with the trauma.

The family tells Newschannel 3 the man police were looking for, was renting the home nearly a year before they moved in, and they're upset police didn't do their homework before busting through their door.

"I thought it was somebody either trying to rob us, or hurt us," said Jeremy Handley.

Handley tells us after the KDPS SWAT team busted through his back door, he and his wife Becky were handcuffed and searched.

"He had me sprawl out right here on the floor, and then he had me put my hands behind my back," said Handley.

And Handley's two children, ran and hid in a bedroom closet.

"We were staying quiet, because we thought they were bad guys coming in," said 7-year-old Brenden Handley.

And your kids could see you the whole time? "My kids were sitting on that bed after they got them out of the closet," said Becky Handley.

Jeremy tells us police then ransacked his home. "Every drawer, every cabinet, every piece of paper."

(Excerpt) Read more at wwmt.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 4thamendment; donutwatch; lping; policestate
A week old.
1 posted on 05/15/2014 3:28:51 PM PDT by bamahead
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To: Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; albertp; Alexander Rubin; Allosaurs_r_us; amchugh; ...
Police gave Handley's children some stuffed animals, but he says they haven't stopped the nightmares..."One dream was about Chum coming in our house with a gun, saying get on the ground," said 8-year-old Aurora Handley.

Fine lessons we're teaching our children these days.



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2 posted on 05/15/2014 3:30:32 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: bamahead

Time for legislation to hold police, district attorneys, and judges accountable.


3 posted on 05/15/2014 3:32:14 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: bamahead

When exactly was the Fourth Amendment changed?

Who is the warrant for, of not the one being served/searched?

What good is the warrant if the militarized stormtroopers have already kicked my door down, kicked my head in the dirt, and restrained me? Isn’t that the very process which the Brit army practiced on colonials which the founders wished to prevent?


4 posted on 05/15/2014 3:37:03 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: bamahead

Police NEVER are willing to take responsibility and address this issue. When a bad raid is done, they go home to steak and potatoes. Their VICTIMS go home to nightmares, PTSD, and high priced therapy for their kids.

Maybe if cops had to go home to family destroyed by this, the practice of SWATing for evidence would end.


5 posted on 05/15/2014 3:37:09 PM PDT by LevinFan
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To: NonValueAdded

I agree, but the odds of that happening are between slim and none. The wheels of the justice system grind slow but exceedingly fine.


6 posted on 05/15/2014 3:37:21 PM PDT by The Working Man
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To: NonValueAdded

Everybody involved in the raid must be sued individually. Every one of them could have taken a moment to double check everything.


7 posted on 05/15/2014 3:38:33 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: null and void

JBT ping.


8 posted on 05/15/2014 3:42:09 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: bamahead

We had a SWAT team execute a homeless camper here in New Mexico not too long ago.

They were in no danger and just shot the guy in the back.

It’s beyond out of control.


9 posted on 05/15/2014 3:42:21 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Things like this require systemic changes starting with the state legislature. We have to demand better intel before a warrant is ever issued and stricter punishments for screw ups like this.

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10 posted on 05/15/2014 3:45:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: The Working Man
I agree, but the odds of that happening are between slim and none.

My suggestion for anyone living between slim and none is to move.........

11 posted on 05/15/2014 3:45:32 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: TheThirdRuffian
We had a SWAT team execute a homeless camper here in New Mexico not too long ago. They were in no danger and just shot the guy in the back. It’s beyond out of control.

The 1970's called.

They want America back.

12 posted on 05/15/2014 3:47:19 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: bamahead

What, no dog to shoot?


13 posted on 05/15/2014 3:47:56 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: bamahead

“made a mistake”
Unacceptable. they put the innocent people in danger. They invaded their privacy. If one of them had used his right to defend himself, he would have been shot.
There is no excuse for “mistakes.”

Just more sheep training for the masses.

baaafreakingbaaa.


14 posted on 05/15/2014 3:48:32 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: bamahead
"We were staying quiet, because we thought they were bad guys coming in," said 7-year-old Brenden Handley.
You thought right, young Mr. Handley.
15 posted on 05/15/2014 3:54:43 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: bamahead

This VERY BAD MAN was growing vegetables before his SWAT raid:

HEY WHAT IF EVERRRRYBODY GREW VEGETABLES...?!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0bsPkDanHk


16 posted on 05/15/2014 3:57:00 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: LucianOfSamasota

The point of the warrant isn’t to appease or inform the target. The point of a warrant is to get a third party (nevermind that the judges are in cahoots with the cops) to agree there is reasonable cause to invade a person’s home and privacy under force of violence.


17 posted on 05/15/2014 3:57:38 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Jonty30

No lawyer would take the suits. Cops have qualified immunity. Judges have absolute immunity. Guaranteed to be thrown out of court.


18 posted on 05/15/2014 3:58:59 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: bamahead
Was the the SWAT team from the office of Official Paper Pushers?

Or the joint SWAT teams from Council of Economic Advisers and the Office of National AIDS Policy? Status in DC is a private army.

Next up - private zoos and expensive fabrics...

19 posted on 05/15/2014 3:59:02 PM PDT by GOPJ (Obama - when will you tell radical muslims to stop clinging to their guns & religion?)
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To: bamahead

Was the the SWAT team from the office of Official Paper Pushers?

Or the joint SWAT teams from Council of Economic Advisers and the Office of National AIDS Policy? Status in DC is a private army.

Next up - private zoos and expensive fabrics... Just when you think our ‘public servants’ can’t get any shallower...


20 posted on 05/15/2014 4:00:25 PM PDT by GOPJ (Obama - when will you tell radical muslims to stop clinging to their guns & religion?)
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To: cripplecreek

How about ending the practice altogether?


21 posted on 05/15/2014 4:00:57 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: cripplecreek
In Indiana, the state legislature wrote a law that allows homeowners to meet force with force, if the invasion is unreasonable. The Indiana Supreme Court just flat out ignored the law when it issued a ruling against a person who had (unreasonably) used force. The Indiana legislature was perplexed that it had to pass the law a second time - but there is no guarantee the courts will give effect to the law. Legislatures too rarely use impeachment.

Anyway, my point is that legislation alone is not enough. The judges are out of control too.

22 posted on 05/15/2014 4:02:18 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: bamahead

Good point but the police aren’t the ones to take it up with.

As far as no knock raids are concerned, I don’t really see the point when search warrants can be obtained on good intel and served with less risk.


23 posted on 05/15/2014 4:10:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek
No knock raids have warrants. The judges sign off on the request to use SWAT, rather than some other form of search. SWAT for drug searches is probably standard practice, on the grounds that druggies would otherwise flush or dispose of the contraband evidence.
24 posted on 05/15/2014 4:17:01 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: NonValueAdded

“Time for legislation to hold police, district attorneys, and judges accountable.”

The laws already exist. They’re simply never enforced and never will be. Better to simply defund the police and provide for your own security.


25 posted on 05/15/2014 4:34:45 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Two parties, one agenda. It's the uniparty.)
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To: Cboldt

“No lawyer would take the suits. Cops have qualified immunity.”

I disagree. There are many lawyers who make their living suing the police. The first step in an action like this is a civil rights complaint.


26 posted on 05/15/2014 5:07:50 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Cboldt

Another tact would be to discover the names of the judge and officers on the raid and make it public by taking ads out in the local newspapers outlining their gross incompetence and malfeasance. Also file a complaint with the judicial review board against the judge and with the state against the police.


27 posted on 05/15/2014 5:25:46 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Progressives (communists) lie because their expectations and promises never match reality.)
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To: RetiredTexasVet
The judge's name will be on the warrant, as will the name of the officer who requested the warrant be approved.

I'm not sure the papers would run the ads (fear of defamation suits would be the excuse), but no harm in asking.

The bar for malfeasance is pretty high, for both cops and judges. And the two camps are in bed together, the notion of independence is a joke.

28 posted on 05/15/2014 5:32:08 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: bamahead

Did the SWAT team go home safe and sound?

The story doesn’t say, it got caught up telling about some obviously wayward family getting in the way a THE MOST DANGEOUS JOB IN AMERICA. what a waste of words.

Did SWAT get home safely? Nothing else matters.

Nothing.


29 posted on 05/15/2014 5:34:57 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator.)
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To: Cboldt

Didn’t a JBT get offed in a botched raid recently and the “suspect” (innocent homeowner) wasn’t charged due to Castle Doctrine? Anyways this came from a judge in Texas I believe.


30 posted on 05/15/2014 5:50:30 PM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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To: Roman_War_Criminal
I vaguely recall a story like that ... Texas Man Not Indicted For Killing Cop in No-Knock Drug Raid

Good on the grand jury, to not let the prosecutor cow them into an indictment.

31 posted on 05/15/2014 5:58:37 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Cboldt

That’s the one! Thank you FRiend!


32 posted on 05/15/2014 6:04:58 PM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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To: Balding_Eagle

But was there a dog to shoot?

Seems almost embarrassing to ejaculate over terrorizing kids...

Hard to get your fix of sadism in this internet age without the whole world knowing.

IMHO


33 posted on 05/15/2014 6:35:49 PM PDT by glasseye
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To: Cboldt

I disagree.

Until Nixon’s war on drugs, they served the warrant FIRST, then searched.


34 posted on 05/15/2014 7:02:46 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: LucianOfSamasota
-- Until Nixon's war on drugs, they served the warrant FIRST, then searched. --

Warrants are and were used in ways that don't involve confronting the target - wiretaps being a good example. The point of the warrant, there, isn't to appease or inform the target.

Sometimes searches are undertaken when the target person isn't in the building.

I have no disagreement that no-knock SWAT raids are far more common now than ever; and I find the practice highly objectionable. As I've said before, my opinion is that a warrant requirement is just a rubber stamp by a judge who always agrees with the cops, i.e., isn't any meaningful protection by an impartial third party. The judges are signing off on the SWAT tactics, too.

35 posted on 05/15/2014 7:12:30 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: NonValueAdded
"Time for legislation to hold police, district attorneys, and judges accountable."

How do you hold them accountable?

LOL!

The only way out of this tyranny is to bring all the rabid communist dogs to ground temperature.

36 posted on 05/15/2014 7:56:56 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: SuperLuminal
how do you hold them accountable? Simple, remove the shield of sovereign immunity. Get the city's insurance company out of the way and reach out and touch someone.

Think a little more care might be taken in the warrant process if it was literally "you bet your house?" The tort lawyers would love this and there's the problem.

37 posted on 05/15/2014 10:04:07 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: NonValueAdded

Justice, a wing of the Rat party, will never be contained.


38 posted on 05/15/2014 10:06:11 PM PDT by deadrock (I am someone else.)
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To: Cboldt

Your points are well taken and I thank you.

I will look into the matter further when I find time, and try to understand what actually changed with the advent of no-knock SWAT raids.

I am pretty sure they were controversial at the time, but I’d like to research the arguments and justification.


39 posted on 05/16/2014 6:08:39 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: cripplecreek

“We have to demand better intel before a warrant is ever issued..”

I agree. Sadly, that used to be the role of the Judicial branch....Now it appears that Judges are rubber stamps.


40 posted on 05/16/2014 8:49:20 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

I recommend Radley Balko’s book on the militarization of police, “Rise of the Warrior Cop”, if you haven’t read it already.

http://www.amazon.com/Rise-Warrior-Cop-Militarization-Americas/dp/1610392116


41 posted on 05/28/2014 12:19:53 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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