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Internal documents show that Utah police did little investigation before fatal drug raid
Washington Post ^ | July 17, 2014 | Radley Balko

Posted on 07/23/2014 7:48:46 AM PDT by DarkSavant

In January 2011, the Weber-Morgan County Narcotics Strike Force conducted a nighttime drug raid on the Ogden, Utah, home of Matthew David Stewart. An ex-girlfriend had tipped off the police that Stewart was growing pot in his basement. He was; Stewart, a former veteran, suffered from PTSD, and used the pot to self-medicate. The police had no evidence that Stewart was selling any of his pot. Once police took down his door with a battering ram, Stewart, who was sleeping, grabbed a handgun.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: donutwatch; jbt; wod

1 posted on 07/23/2014 7:48:46 AM PDT by DarkSavant
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To: DarkSavant

Good ol’ ex-girlfriend.


2 posted on 07/23/2014 7:57:08 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: cuban leaf

Do you think the ‘ex-’ goes through a day without thinking how ‘she’ killed him.


3 posted on 07/23/2014 7:59:33 AM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: cuban leaf
Good ol’ ex-girlfriend.

If that's the only criteria police need to SWAT your home, a lot of guys are in deep trouble.
4 posted on 07/23/2014 7:59:58 AM PDT by DarkSavant
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To: George from New England

and she smiles.


5 posted on 07/23/2014 8:00:57 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: DarkSavant
That is the only criterion and many have died due to it.
6 posted on 07/23/2014 8:01:49 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: DarkSavant
That is the only criterion and many have died due to it.
7 posted on 07/23/2014 8:03:57 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: DarkSavant

At least he killed one pig and wounded five before they got him. Too bad the poor guy hanged himself, I know I never would have convicted him on anything but the pot plants. I espescially like that the badged thugs tried to smear his name while he was in custody and couldn’t defend himself. Hopefully a few more of these jack boots wind up on the slab as it appears they intend to continue this madness.


8 posted on 07/23/2014 8:07:53 AM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: George from New England

I hope not.


9 posted on 07/23/2014 8:22:07 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: DarkSavant
Scary read. Poor guy. They didn't kill him in his home, not that they didn't try.

The system, one he volunteered to serve, protect and defend, took him back to their place, humiliated him and made him kill himself and then cleared itself of any wrong doing.

And people think Satan doesn't exist...

10 posted on 07/23/2014 8:34:19 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: DarkSavant
Stewart was later charged with capital murder —...

Not guilty if I'm on the jury.

No Knock Dynamic Entries is just a euphemism for Armed Home Invasion.
Break in here, die here.

11 posted on 07/23/2014 8:36:28 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: null and void
JBT ping.
12 posted on 07/23/2014 9:00:06 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: DarkSavant

Scum of the earth.

“Months before the Stewart raid, the same task force shot and killed a man named Todd Blair during a meth raid. Blair was not the suspect they were looking for. They were investigating his roommate. But when Blair responded to the sounds of men breaking into his home at night by running out of his bedroom with a golf club, they gunned him down.

“Once Stewart was charged, law enforcement officials started to malign him in the press. They claimed to have found child pornography on his computer, an accusation they quietly retracted after his death. They said he once boasted that he’d kill any cops who came into his home, a statement they apparently got from the bitter ex-girlfriend. They also leaked that they had found a photo of him dressed in jihadi gear. It was a photo from Halloween in which Stewart had dressed up as Osama bin Laden.”


13 posted on 07/23/2014 9:02:27 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: DarkSavant

The one real issue missing from the article is the ex-girlfriend, whose name is public record. In her bitterness and rage, she “SWATTED” her ex-boyfriend so hard that he and other people DIED.

This woman needs to be identified as a person who killed all of them. For her petty vindictiveness, people died. She needs to wear that as a millstone for the rest of her life.

Certainly any man who considers ever having a relationship with her should be apprised of this.


14 posted on 07/23/2014 9:17:23 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: RightOnTheBorder

Hopefully it was the one who shot the guy holding the golf club in the raid a month earlier. He gave him an order and pulled the trigger at the same time. That cop had no intention of letting him comply with his order. He only intended to kill the guy.


15 posted on 07/23/2014 9:45:28 AM PDT by peeps36 (Save The Tortoise And Kill The People)
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To: cuban leaf

” They
claimed to have found child
pornography on his computer, an
accusation they quietly retracted
after his death.”

This, like the edited 911 tape of Zimmerman, isn’t something that happens by accident.

I don’t know how anyone can convict someone of killing a cop during a raid. Their goal is to surprised confuse you. Congratulations, you succeeded in creating enough confusion that you got a cop killed. Time to throw a party!

Last year, a guy was in a similar situation. Killed a cop. Walked. Cops weren’t happy about that. Freedom loving people were thrilled though.

Funny how when the professionals screw up, they get a pass. But let us make a mistake, and they want capital murder.


16 posted on 07/23/2014 10:39:07 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

” This woman needs to be identified as a
person who killed all of them. For her
petty vindictiveness, people died.”

Yes and no. If cops weren’t so eager to play soldier, this would not have gone down like this. She is responsible for her choices, but not theirs.


17 posted on 07/23/2014 10:42:33 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: DarkSavant; Alaska Wolf; TexasFreeper2009; DCBryan1; Slings and Arrows; Doomonyou; ...
JBT Ping list


18 posted on 07/23/2014 7:01:23 PM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: null and void; Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; albertp; Alexander Rubin; Allosaurs_r_us; ...



Libertarian ping! Click here to get added or here to be removed or post a message here!

19 posted on 07/23/2014 7:52:00 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: DarkSavant

He took one out and mad 5 pay.

Now, he needs to sue them and make the point formal in a judgement.


20 posted on 07/23/2014 8:16:27 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: cuban leaf

Sue that witch too and destroy her broom factory.


21 posted on 07/23/2014 8:17:10 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: RightOnTheBorder

Oh wow. I didn’t read the part he hung himself.

Fkrs....


22 posted on 07/23/2014 8:18:00 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: RightOnTheBorder

I hope he got em each in the shoulders and knees, tearing through their ligaments, too remind them of their irresponsible acts and inform them they should follow lawful procedures and do a damned investigation.


23 posted on 07/23/2014 8:20:05 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: ConservingFreedom

He said he would kill anyone breaking into his home?

And?

Pathetic excuse to use his costume as some idiotic premise for their actions.

I dress in various arrays of costume and it has little to do with who I really am and actually infers absolutely nothing.


24 posted on 07/23/2014 8:23:32 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

The police need to charge her with ever false claim crimes there are.


25 posted on 07/23/2014 8:24:28 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Vendome

I don’t think that punishment would be severe enough. Her punishment should be a social one, not a criminal one, to send a message that SWATting is not just a criminal offense but so serious that it should hurt the SWATter for the rest of their life.

As well, it shows a great need for states to crack down on spontaneous and ill prepared SWAT operations against the vast majority of people who should have never been assaulted that way.


26 posted on 07/24/2014 6:07:01 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Propose an awesome Freeper punishment and I’ll start the petition with the White Hut.


27 posted on 07/24/2014 6:22:12 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
+5!!

This woman should be shunned when she gets out of prison, if she does. What an evil pig.

28 posted on 07/24/2014 6:52:00 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Vendome
Perhaps I should have made explicit that by "Scum of the earth" I meant the cops who came up with flimsy and fabricated rationalizations for their actions.
29 posted on 07/24/2014 7:20:43 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: DarkSavant
If that's the only criteria police need to SWAT your home, a lot of guys are in deep trouble.

Sometimes it only takes a delusional neighbor with an ax to grind...

30 posted on 07/24/2014 7:24:49 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: DarkSavant

I’ve yet to read any account that states who wounded and killed the cops. My bet is that most of the bullets in the cops came from cops’ weapons.


31 posted on 07/24/2014 10:32:24 AM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (Settled science.)
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy

Most of these raids are stupid and pointless. You can pick these people up while they are getting gas, coming out of a grocery store. Night time no-knock raids are ridiculous.

And not knowing exactly who is inside before you do something that dangerous is very bad police work. Oh, real police work is hard... too bad.


32 posted on 07/24/2014 10:38:13 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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