Skip to comments.Colorado Woman Sues ATF for Entering Home without a Warrant, Pointing Guns at 8 Year Old
Posted on 06/07/2012 4:57:15 AM PDT by marktwain
GREELEY, Colo. A Colorado woman has filed a lawsuit after agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the ATF, entered her home without a warrant and threatened her and her 8-year old-son while looking for a previous tenant who had left the address more than a year earlier.
According to the filing from Linda Griego, it was on June 15, 2010, when officers with the ATF as part of the Regional Anti-Gang Enforcement Task Force violently entered her home without a warrant, handcuffed and pointed guns at her and her son, Colby Frias.
They had multiple machine pistols pointed at my son. I could see the laser sights on his body and he began to freak out. While I was cuffed I had to calm him down while the officers broke down his bedroom door, she said.
Her legal action is against the Greeley Police Department and the ATF for illegally entering the home without a warrant.
David Lane, Griegos attorney, told WND that to this day the agency still has not produced a warrant authorizing it to enter her home. He said Frias continues to suffer nightmares about the events of that day.
A couple of months ago, Frias had a friend over to the house, and the family had ordered pizza. When it arrived, the delivery driver gave a loud knock on the door.
It scared my son so bad he jumped over the couch to hide. This was two years later, and it still bothered him, Griego said.
In the months following the incident, Frias was so scared he had to sleep with his mother.
Here he is an 8-year-old boy, and he is sleeping with mom again, she said.
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good. I hope she wins
Good thing they didn’t have a dog.
I hope she owns these Jack Booted thugs.
It’s a shame she didn’t live on IN where she could have legally shot them.
Their lives would have been forfeit in my house.
If she had made a twitch, the home invaders would have turned her and her son into swiss cheese.
Indiana law or not.
These things have been going on for decades, tried, true, and vetted by the courts under the umbrella of the Drug War. Welcome to the party.
What I want to see is not the “department” sued,
I want to see the INDIVIDUAL OFFICERS sued.
That will put a stop to this crap good and fast.
I’m glad that poor kid didn’t have a dog. He would had to have watched as they filled it full of holes.
Can you imagine pointing a gun at an 8-year-old? What a bunch of punks.
That agency has GOT to be banned.
From the article, it sounds like the Indiana Supreme Court has overturned that right and citizens have no right to resist an unlawful entry by law enforcement. Serfdom is here.
Hey, Rambo, do you really want a solitary woman with an 8-year old son to start firing on a group of SWAT invaders (I couldn't find out how many, but front + back doors, means 5-6 at least).
Not to mention this little tidbit: Last year, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that there is no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers.
Tell me again what you would have your wife or mother do ?
I can visualize what it would look like with a six-year-old. There comes a time when government agents should say, "No, that's outside the scope of what government should be doing." We are so far past that time in so many ways that I worry about what our next few years will look like. I hope that at least most of our military, our FBI, and our police will be on the side of our citizens if a showdown comes.
..couldn't wait 'em out, so they burned them down! ... men, women & children.
Why isn’t someone at ATF being charged with child endangerment? This was neglegence leading to a life endangering situation. A badge changes nothing, save the political decision of corrupt prosecutors.
Two sides to every story, and we are only hearing the carefully crafted side that this woman’s attorney is allowing her to say; one that is crafted to illicit an emotional response that benefits the attorney.
That being said, this is a DRUG gang task force. So, she is the victim of a failed war on drugs, which continues to trample all over the Constitution.
Pointing a gun at a child is a crime: child endangerment.
Actually, the tactical assault teams are extremely fast and lethal...
We can all beat our chests and state we’d take’em out however the most predictable outcome is you would die with your gun in your hand....no deference to you, even the best amoung us who suffer the same fate....
They pick the best time and place for the confrontations, the deck is heavily wieghted in their favor.....
The key here is political pressure to ensure these type of tactical assaults are extremely limited and subject to judicial oversight.
These tactical assaults are necessary to cull the most dangerous amoung us and ensure that our police officers can go home to their families at night. These practices should be extremely limited. Unfortunately, recently and way to often, are used routinely to occasional tragic result....