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The Scout, the suspect and the SWAT team Shooting:
Baltimore Sun ^ | 18 March 2002 | Gail Gibson, Michael James and Laura Barnhardt

Posted on 03/18/2002 3:06:32 AM PST by Lloyd227

Edited on 09/03/2002 4:50:07 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

On March 1, FBI agents had a clear plan to catch a man wanted in a bank robbery. What unfolded was a remarkable series of mix-ups with a near-fatal outcome.

The order from an FBI commander to a SWAT team waiting outside a Glen Burnie 7-Eleven was simple and direct.

"Follow the red car."

To FBI Special Agent Christopher Braga, it signaled that the man inside the car, the one wearing the white baseball cap, was the bank robbery suspect agents had been tracking. Braga, with other members of the elite FBI team, moved in to make the arrest.


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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: copernicus5; donutwatch; enforcement; fbi; government; swat
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Please people, help keep the pressure on this out of control government agency.
It's time for these people to remember what "Public Servant" means.
1 posted on 03/18/2002 3:06:32 AM PST by Lloyd227
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To: Lloyd227
police spotted Blottenberger in a Ford Escort at a Pasadena gas station. Police have said he abandoned the Escort and tried to run before he was captured

Why wasn't he shot running away? Oh, these were ill trained police officers who have more than questions to answer for an illegal shoot.

2 posted on 03/18/2002 3:24:48 AM PST by TAP ONLINE
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To: Lloyd227
"The suspect was not holding a weapon, although investigators said a loaded firearm was nearby. The shooting was ruled justified. "

This guy was involved in a killing of another unarmed suspect before this. A loaded firearm was "nearby." Can you say trigger happy cowboy? I knew you could.

3 posted on 03/18/2002 3:34:50 AM PST by Zorobabel
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To: Lloyd227
Geez Louise. Blottenberger, the air pistol bandit, hardly seems worthy of a FBI SWAT team. Notice also how the use of a snitch results in a bungled operation. Over the years, there have been quite a few stories of bungled raids, (i.e. wrong homes raided, innocent people terrorized), all on the word of an "informant".

The FBI SWAT team is an accident waiting to happen. Do they have a logo? A motto? Something with Skull and crossbones would be fitting. Perhaps a motto of "They're all "clean shoots" sooner or later."

4 posted on 03/18/2002 3:52:18 AM PST by csvset
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To: Zorobabel
Can you say trigger happy cowboy?

Trigger happy cowboy and a "drop" gun.

5 posted on 03/18/2002 3:54:34 AM PST by arthurus
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To: Lloyd227
A private detective working with Weiner and Weltchek said last week that two agents in the Baltimore office had told him privately that the incident would be considered justified and discouraged him from investigating further.

Of course it's a "clean shoot", the FiBbIe works for the government. Waco, Ruby Ridge, etc.,ad nausium, they're all "clean shoots".

Boonie Rat

MACV SOCOM, PhuBai/Hue '5-'66

6 posted on 03/18/2002 3:57:34 AM PST by Boonie Rat
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To: Lloyd227;Joe Montana;Fred Mertz;nunya bidness
BUMP !!!!!

Thanks for posting this.

7 posted on 03/18/2002 4:00:35 AM PST by Donald Stone
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To: arthurus
"Trigger happy cowboy and a "drop" gun. "

You noticed that too huh?

8 posted on 03/18/2002 4:02:00 AM PST by Zorobabel
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To: csvset
This is a PR spin article, imho. What shows it is that gun detail in the article -- the author goes to great pains to associate it in the reader's mind with a "semi-automatic" handgun, describes the colors, yet never mentions that it is an air gun. At other places in the article there are other "convenient" or spin suggestions -- all to mitigate the FBI's actions.
9 posted on 03/18/2002 4:08:38 AM PST by bvw
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To: bvw
bttt
10 posted on 03/18/2002 4:33:03 AM PST by Zorobabel
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To: Lloyd227; Lurker; Noumenon; zog; sneakypete
Any sudden movement that could have been perceived as a threat could ean the shooting - even if there were mistakes - is justified.

Sneeze and you're Swiss cheese...according to this apologist article.

Bottomline, an unarmed man was shot in the face and nearly killed by a trigger-happy Gestapo agent. What's so difficult to understand about this?

11 posted on 03/18/2002 4:54:45 AM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Zorobabel
"This is a PR spin article, imho"

You're absolutely right. Worse yet, this is the only paper I can find that's giving this story ANY coverage at all.

Don't let the pressure on them ease up or this is sure to become a "clean shoot"

12 posted on 03/18/2002 5:06:50 AM PST by Lloyd227
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