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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Oh Waco was worse then just burning men, women and children to death.
They shot people who were trying to escape the fire. The fire the ATF knew was the likely outcome of their assault.
The ATF also pumped in CS tear gas in massive amounts. The tear gas alone killed some of the children. Other children were broke in half by their own muscles due to the phasogene released from the burning CS tear gas. Their back muscles spasmed so tightly they bent the children backwards, breaking their back and killing them.
The people who caused this were proclaimed heros.
This actually happened once in Western Md. a few years after the drug war got started and "no-knock" raids were just getting started, several dead fibbies and state cops, and a jury took less than half an hour to find the defendant innocent on all charges and, near as I can tell, that had the effect of shutting down no-knock raids for some time afterwards. That was well before the internet age however and I've not been able to find any reference to the story on the net in recent years.
I guess they are slowly improving, no kittens were stomped to death, the house was not burned down.
But I bet that if she pushes her case “Something” will be found to justify an arrest, and threat of taking her kid.
ATF intimidation is not just for the moment, it’s their SOP.
Don’t forget Eric Holder was #2 at Justice, dictating orders from Janet Reno & Bill Clinton.
“Two sides to every story, and we are only hearing the carefully crafted side that this womans attorney is allowing her to say; one that is crafted to illicit an emotional response that benefits the attorney.”
Sure, that means you think she did something wrong that led to a warrantless no-knock raid.
It would be good to see some of the Nazi thugs lose their jobs without pay. Let them work in the real world for awhile.
They had multiple machine pistols”
Where do I find one of these???
There was a case in Minneapolis a decade or so back where an immigrant (Hmong) family was invaded in a wrong address scenario. The father fought back with a shotgun, and the SWAT team backed off. No one died or was wounded, and the family ended up with a substantial six figure settlement.
I don't think that you can reasonably claim this, as well as recognize that their actual suspect wasn't in the home and hadn't been for a year. There is something definitely defective in their process. I think it is that they simply don't care who gets hurt. This will eventually backfire badly for them, I think.
And I've interacted with quite a number of young OEF/OIF combat vets, particularly Marines, who seriously think the biggest threat to freedom in America is "right-wing religious nuts."
I wasn’t referring to the target aquisition process just simply the tactical enrty plan as executed by the on-site personnel......
Regardless of the flawed intelligence gathering prior to the onsite targeting, the tactical entry would be fast agressive and potentially lethal to anyone or thing within the home....
My post was in response to the stereotypical “beat of the chest” post we always see...
Re-read my post in that context and you will see that I was spot on with my assessment....
The ATF should have been disbanded after Waco...
Time for us to change that.
The Rambo’s that day were the ones entering the house illegally. No apologies, just I hope you have a better day than up to this point. Talk about arrogance, abuse of power and utter contempt for the citizenry.
If you know an order is illegal, immoral and unconstitutional do you obey it? If your answer is I just followed my orders then I ask where have we heard that before?
I too would like to hear the officer/agents side but from the article they come off as pure goons.
It should have been a "feed Dale Price's hogs" moment (from the novel "Unintended Consequences"). Every one of those ATF agents should have gone home in a body bag. Only when that happens will this jackbooted crap begin to wane.
What everyone is assuming is that it was a SEARCH warrant when it almost certainly an ARREST warrant for the lady she said no longer lived there. That little tidbit is left out by the attorney, intentionally.
Since the homeowner was not the person the warrant was for, no, she would not get a copy of the warrant. So, thus without further information it would seem to be “warrantless.”
Courts make a serious effort to serve warrants at the last known address.
Again, the story does not give the other side of the story with important details such as whether any surveillance was done on the address that would support the courts decision to serve said warrant there. Or the veracity of the person giving the statement to the press.
DD, the woman admits that the police knocked. So much for the no-knock raid argument.
Different agency ~ same idiots.