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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The state legislature has subsequently acted to ADJUST THINGS. I think we have a couple of threads on it. Might go look for them and see what the outcome was.
They still didn't take down the judges who screwed up the decision.
That is the desired outcome, fear on the part of the populace, fear of the agents of the State.
Yes they knock with the battering ram. But hey the cops got to play with their toys, automatic weapons and laser sights. So although they didnt get to shoot a dog it turned out fairly well.
There you go again.
Reading my mind.
If I'm an unarmed woman with an 8-year old son nearby, and 6 armed SWAT types coming in the door, YOU'RE DAMN STRAIGHT I obey it.
If she had a gun like Indiana Jones above wished, and shot one of them, then she has twelve bullet holes, the kid has no mother, and the state has no witnesses. Who's better off when THAT happens?
No warrant says it all. Two years later and they still have not produced a warrant.
ATF is the worst offender and violator of the constitution and should be disbanded.
Agreed. Then I pick the time and place for suitable retribution.
As I said before, this was not a search warrant, it was most likely an arrest warrant for the previous tenant. The new tenant will not get a copy of an arrest warrant for another person.
Different agency, same tactics. All approved by the courts with decades of precedent. Thanks to the Drug War.
You know this how?
Would it serve the attorney’s case to the public if he disclosed that it was not a search warrant but an arrest warrant?
No, it would not.
I have been on plenty of both search and arrest warrants with the feds. They have checklists for checklists regarding procedure for the warrants. If it had been a search warrant, she would have been left a copy of the return and the inventory. The servers would have at least four copies and they always have another agent or supervisor making sure the warrant was posted or presented properly.
Despite what you posted, you're not sure and are just guessing.
The whole article is a guessing game.
But I have enough experience with these cases to know how they go. Nothing new.
Tell that to Baby Faced Nelson ~ he kinda’ pioneered in being on the receiving end of these raids.
You can shoot them in CO too.
CO Constitution, Bill of Rights, Section 3. Inalienable rights.
All persons have certain natural, essential and inalienable rights, among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; of acquiring, possessing and protecting property; and of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness.
Can you give me a link to that article?
Alternatively/additionally, I believe the original decision -- which prompted the "citizens may shoot police engaged in illegal activities" law -- was, in itself, a felony; therefore, I should like to get the contact information for an IN Grand Jury. (Presentments are your friend.)
I would ask why her eight year old son had locks on his door.
I suspect her son was a drug kingpin and being eight was just a slick cover.
I was speaking if you were an officer or agent and you know an order is illegal, immoral and unconstitutional, sorry if I wasn’t clear.
I am quite sure they would have shot her dead and more than likely walked without any down side other than any guilt they might carry with them.