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  • The Flipside: How Not to Get Killed By Cops

    02/21/2015 5:01:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | February 21, 2015 | Michael Loftus
    Editor's note: The following is an adapted transcript from “The Flipside with Michael Loftus,” a new comedy show that’s debuted on TV stations across America.You know what I did? I invented an app for your phone. Now here’s what you do when inventing an app, you look around and try to figure out what everybody needs; so I’m watching the news, turns out everybody’s getting killed by cops. So everybody’s gonna need my new App, “Michael Loftus’ How Not to Get Killed by the Cops.” It’s super easy; you just press a button and it tells you what to do. Let’s...
  • Police union to state lawmakers: Don't mess with no-knock warrants(GA)

    01/22/2015 10:15:22 AM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 51 replies
    WTOC.COM ^ | 1/21/2015 | Bernard Watson
    ATLANTA-Carrie Mills is a retired Atlanta Police officer with 30 years on the job - primarily in APD's drug unit. Mills is now a union rep for the International Brotherhood of Police Officers. She considers herself an expert on search warrants, particularly no knock warrants, which allows officers to enter a structure without knocking first. Mills says no-knock warrants helped close a lot of cases while she was an officer. "If we knock and announced, all evidence is going to be destroyed," Mills said. State Sen. Vincent Fort, (D-39), has announced plans to introduce a bill that would make it...
  • #Anonymous Releases Names, Address of Wife, Children of St. Louis County Police Chief

    08/13/2014 6:44:45 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8-13-2014 | Jim Hoft
    RUSH: This is Mark in Des Plaines, Illinois. Welcome to the program. Hi. CALLER: Hi, Rush. You are such a great guy. I have a question for you about the news about Robin Williams -- RUSH: Before you get to that. Mark, I have never really known and I'm gonna ask. Is it Des Plaines, or Des Plaines? CALLER: Well, it's Des Plaines. RUSH: Des Plaines. Okay. CALLER: English kind of way to say it. RUSH: Gotcha. Gotcha. Okay. Thank you for that. CALLER: Yeah. My pleasure. You know, I don't want to sound insensitive, and Robin Williams was absolutely...
  • I want to preempt any no-knock raid by my LEO in my county

    04/16/2014 7:39:20 PM PDT · by George from New England · 61 replies
    I am running computers at my Florida farm that use ten-fold the electricity I used a year ago, this time of year. I read freeper threads about the LEO, no-knock, drug suspected raids, that occur all across the states when electricity usage is flagged as abnormally high. How would you go about contacting the county sheriff and what to say as well as what not to say with regard to high electric usage. I don't want to wake in the middle of the night to LEO activity on my property that I suspect is a burglary or other criminal activity....
  • TX Cop Killer Skates. Have No-Knock Raids Jumped the Shark?

    02/08/2014 5:31:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 72 replies
    TTAG ^ | 7 February, 2014 | Robert Farago
    “A Burleson County Grand Jury declined to indict the man who shot and killed Burleson County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Sowders who was serving a search warrant in December,” reports. “Investigators were executing a search warrant at Henry McGee’s mobile home near Snook when the shooting happened.” The shooting didn’t just “happen.” “Henry McGee admitted to shooting Deputy Sowders before sunrise on December 19th while the deputy and other investigators were serving a no knock search warrant for drugs at McGee’s mobile home near Snook. Magee’s Defense Attorney Dick DeGuerin says his client thought someone was breaking into his home...
  • Texas man will NOT be charged for fatal shooting of sheriff's deputy

    02/06/2014 6:37:50 PM PST · by Teotwawki · 39 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | February 6, 2014 | James Nye
    A Central Texas man who shot and killed a sheriff's deputy entering his home will not be charged with capital murder, attorneys said Thursday. A local grand jury declined Wednesday to indict Henry Goedrich Magee for the December death of Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders, who was part of a group of investigators executing a search warrant for Magee's rural home. Sowders and other officers entered the home about 90 miles northwest of Houston without knocking just before 6 a.m. Authorities were looking for guns and marijuana. Magee's attorney, Dick DeGuerin, said his client thought he was the victim of...

    01/02/2014 9:57:38 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 91 replies ^ | JANUARY 2, 2014 | Doug Book, editor
    Texas courts have ruled that because legally owned firearms represent “a threat of physical violence” to police, officers may ignore the 4th Amendment rights of Texas residents by treating ALL legally issued warrants as “No Knock” warrants, even if the issuing judge has made it clear that officers “…must knock on the door and announce their identity and purpose before attempting a forcible entry.” In August of 2006, police in Collin County, Texas obtained a warrant to search the home of John Quinn based on information that Quinn’s son might be keeping a controlled substance on the premises. Although the...
  • Deputy killed as SWAT Team breaks through door to serve “No Knock” warrant

    12/28/2013 9:03:20 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 200 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/28/13 | Doug Book
    On December 19th, a sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed during an attempt to serve a “no knock” warrant near Sommerville, Texas. Just before 6:00 A.M. an 8 member SWAT team broke through the door of Henry Goedrich Magee to serve a warrant which would permit the team to search the mobile home in which Magee and his pregnant girlfriend were living. Reacting to the pre-dawn, forced entry Magee grabbed a rifle propped against a bedroom door frame and fired at the unidentified intruders, killing 31 year old sheriff’s deputy Adam Sowders. No one else was injured and Magee was...
  • TX:Gun owner targeted with 'no-knock' raid

    06/23/2013 5:16:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies
    WND ^ | 22 June, 2013 | Bob Unruh
    A Texas citizen is asking a state appeals court to decide whether police are justified in launching a no-knock raid on a home they want to search simply because they believe there is a gun inside. (snip) “Here, the police based their no-knock entry solely upon their suspicion that the occupants of the residence may have been in possession of a rifle,” the appeal explains. “That the suspected possession of weapons was the only ‘justification’ for use of a no-knock entry in this case is undisputed.”
  • Indiana Law: Citizens Now Allowed to Shoot Law Enforcement During Unlawful Entry

    08/06/2012 9:26:31 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 94 replies
    The Intell Hub ^ | July 10, 2012 | Shepard Ambellas
    A new law in Indiana authorizes the general public to use deadly force against public servants (including law enforcement officers) who unlawfully enter private property. The measure, approved by Gov. Mitch Daniels in March, (who himself is a Bilderberg member, making the situation even more interesting) is a real game changer as the script has been flipped on the police when it comes to deadly force.
  • Indiana Governor Signs Bill Allowing Citizens to Protect Themselves Against Police Actions

    03/28/2012 2:49:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 44 replies ^ | 22 March, 2012 | Shelley_Rae
    Tuesday night, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a bill that would protect citizens who reasonably believe force is necessary to protect themselves, someone else or their own property from unlawful actions by a public servant. While supports believe the proposal strengthens the legal rights of people against public servants or government agents illegally entering their home, police groups are worried that many will use it as justification for attacking officers or will not understand the law fully. "For those who don't take the time to read the law, it is going to be devastating for someone to think they have...
  • KC police’s storming of house, use of stun grenade draw internal investigation

    12/03/2010 9:28:12 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 18 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | 12/03/2010 | CHRISTINE VENDEL
    Kansas City police have started an internal investigation to determine if tactical officers acted properly when they broke into a home and threw a stun grenade that caught drapes on fire. After barging in, police realized her brother did not live there and left without searching, Jones said. “All of that could have been avoided,” said Jones, who was not home at the time. “Whatever happened to good old-fashioned investigating?” Such “police-state techniques” should be reserved for the most extreme cases, said a national expert on criminal procedures. “What we’re talking about here is police throwing bombs into people’s houses,”...
  • Barack Obama and the Courtesy of a Knock

    07/29/2009 4:18:15 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies · 1,383+ views ^ | 7/29/2009 | Bill Pascoe
    Last week, I recalled the story of the homeowner who used a hand gun to defend his children against an intruder, and who was "rewarded" for his courage by being fined by his village for illegally possessing that .38 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol. But I didn't write the other half of the story -- because I didn't have the requisite citation in hand. -- Not surprisingly, the Illinois General Assembly followed the lead of many other states in the late 1990s and took up legislation to authorize so-called "No Knock Warrants" in special circumstances -- where the cop had...
  • Police goof in raid, city stalls on damages

    05/07/2009 8:20:47 PM PDT · by ellery · 32 replies · 2,547+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | May 7, 2009
    Andrew Leonard was watching television with his wife not long after returning from Ash Wednesday services when police burst through the front door of his North Baltimore home. He was handcuffed, plunked in a chair and told to keep quiet as officers rifled through the house and interrogated him for 15 minutes about drugs and a dealer he knew nothing about. As it turned out, police had the wrong house. The man they were looking for lived two doors down. Leonard, a 33-year-old chemist who has no criminal record, said he and his wife, a 29-year-old credit analyst, were frightened...
  • Conviction nixed in deadly botched Ga. drug raid (Atlanta no-knock)

    01/16/2009 9:51:38 AM PST · by happinesswithoutpeace · 34 replies · 1,094+ views
    AP via Kansas City Star ^ | Jan. 15, 2009 | AP
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  • Innocent brothers tell of being shot at by deputy in their own home (Bad Cop Alert?!)

    01/05/2009 8:28:58 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 56 replies · 2,611+ views
    KARE 11-TV (NBC Affiliate in Minneapolis/St Paul) ^ | 1/05/08 | Jeff Olson - Staff Reporter
    A call about a domestic dispute led to shots being fired by a Scott County deputy in New Market. Scott County sheriff Kevin Studnicka tells KARE 11 the deputy, whom he won't name until he's interviewed by investigators, was sent to a home in New Market on reports of a fight. When nobody answered the door at that address, the deputy forced his way inside. "He knocked on the door and was refused entrance. And again we were called to a domestic there, so he made forced entrance." "I was just watching TV and then the guy comes banging on...
  • Einstein, insanity and the war on drugs

    12/07/2008 12:24:33 PM PST · by ninonitti · 492 replies · 3,023+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 3rd, 2008 | Bernd Debusmann
    Tags: Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. His definition fits America’s war on drugs, a multi-billion dollar, four-decade exercise in futility. The war on drugs has helped turn the United States into the country with the world’s largest prison population. (Noteworthy statistic: The U.S. has 5 percent of the world’s population and around 25 percent of the world’s prisoners). Keen demand for illicit drugs in America, the world’s biggest market, helped spawn global criminal enterprises that use extreme violence in the pursuit of equally extreme profits. Over the years, the war on...
  • Another drug raid gone bad

    08/20/2008 10:33:40 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 31 replies · 221+ views
    Mayor of Maryland town, his dogs dead, still waiting for apology Cops in Prince George's County, Md., have a proud tradition to maintain. In May, a former county officer was sentenced to 45 years in prison for shooting two furniture delivery men at his home last year, one of them fatally. (He claims they attacked him.) In June, a suspect jailed in the death of a local police officer was found strangled in his cell. Authorities have no idea how that could have happened. It's unlikely Mayor Cheye Calvo of Berwyn Heights, Md., was thinking of his county's behaviorally challenged...
  • Buffalo Police batter their way into wrong house

    08/17/2008 12:46:00 PM PDT · by ellery · 181 replies · 364+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | 08/16/08 | T.J. Pignataro
    Armed with a battering ram and shotguns, Buffalo police looking for heroin broke down the door and stormed the lower apartment of a West Side family of eight. The problem is that the Wednesday evening raid should have occurred at an apartment upstairs. And, that’s only the tip of the iceberg, according to Schavon Pennyamon, who lives at the mistakenly raided apartment on Sherwood Street with her husband, Terrell, and six children. Pennyamon alleges that after wrongly breaking into her apartment, police proceeded to strike her epileptic husband in the head with the butt end of a shotgun and point...
  • Editorial: Stop using SWAT teams on civilians

    08/13/2008 3:09:59 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 253 replies · 378+ views
    Examiner ^ | 8/13/08
    WASHINGTON (Map, News) - The violent assault on Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo’s home late last month was certainly not the first bungled raid by a government SWAT team, but the bad publicity it generated should make it the last time these trigger-happy squads target innocent civilians. Tracking a 32-pound package of marijuana that had been addressed to Calvo’s wife, Trinity Tomsic, Prince George’s sheriff’s deputies forcibly entered the mayor’s home on July 29 and killed his two dogs before handcuffing him and his mother-in-law. But like so many other SWAT team raids across the country, this one turned out...
  • Why do cops wear Masks while serving warrents?

    08/11/2008 7:48:29 AM PDT · by Robbin · 118 replies · 327+ views
    today | Self
    I saw the local police are angry about the swat team going into the Mayors house. Not only are they Friends of the mayor, the local Police Chief said that if one of his guys had been driving by when 5 heavily armed men in plain clothes and masks were kicking in the Mayor’s front door, they would have been fired on them thinking they were terrorists attacking the mayor’s home. Besides the shooting of dogs for no reason, which is bad enough, why do they have masks over their faces? Bad guys were masks so they can’t be identified...
  • More of the Same: My Two Cents on Lawless Law Enforcement

    08/09/2008 9:40:03 PM PDT · by Natty · 30 replies · 188+ views
    Spare Change | August 8, 2008 | David J. Aland
    Armed men in street clothes and masks kicked down the doors of innocent citizens, guns blazing, and rounded up the residents. When they left, the floors were smeared in blood. It reads like the first line of an intense novel, a Reuters story from Darfur or Zimbabwe, a history of the conflict in Kosovo, or a smuggled-out account of the Chinese pre-Olympics roundups. Recently deceased Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the scourge of the abusive Soviet leadership, could have written it. Sadly, it comes from far closer to home: Maryland’s Prince Georges County. Last week, the “PG County” Sheriff’s SWAT team stormed the...
  • 4 gunmen bust doors, yell ‘FBI,’ loot home (Why No-Knock Warrants need to be banned)

    08/08/2008 9:20:58 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 77 replies · 411+ views
    Arkansas Democrat Gazette ^ | 08 AUG 08 | JACOB QUINN SANDERS
    4 gunmen bust doors, yell ‘FBI,’ loot home BY JACOB QUINN SANDERS ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE Two men kicked in the front door, splintering it near the bolt-lock. Two more kicked in a side door. All four had guns. It was 3 a.m. “FBI! FBI!” the men shouted, one pulling what looked like a badge out of his shirt before stuffing it back in. “Where’s your money?” Lloyd McCuien lay facedown on the living-room floor of his Pulaski County house — off Arkansas 365 outside Maumelle and within sight of Interstate 40 — surrounded by seven family members. “It took me about...
  • FBI to Review Raid That Killed Mayor's Dogs

    08/08/2008 6:41:44 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 112 replies · 352+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 8, 2008 | Rosalind S. Helderman and Aaron C. Davis
    The FBI has launched a review of the violent law enforcement raid of the home of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo in Prince George's County last week that resulted in the deaths of the family's two dogs. The agency has begun "reviewing the events that occurred at Mr. Calvo's residence," said Richard J. Wolf, spokesman for the FBI in Baltimore, which has jurisdiction over federal civil rights investigations in Maryland. (snip) Courts across the country in recent years have ruled that it is almost always unacceptable for police to kill pets in the course of searching a home. Cases in...
  • Berwyn Heights mayor to ask for investigation into raid (JBT dog shooting case)

    08/07/2008 11:14:41 AM PDT · by abb · 119 replies · 389+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | August 7, 2008 | Doug Donovan
    Berwyn Heights' mayor is expected today to ask federal officials to investigate possible civil rights violations stemming from last week's raid of his Prince George's County home by police officers who shot and killed his two dogs, his attorney said. Mayor Cheye Calvo and his wife, Trinity Tomsic, will ask for a U.S. Department of Justice inquiry during a 2 p.m. news conference today outside their Berwyn Heights home, said Timothy Maloney, their attorney. "They're going to call for the Justice Department to come in," Maloney said. Calvo's home was raided by the county Sheriff's Office SWAT team and narcotics...
  • Tracy Ingle: Another Drug War Outrage

    05/07/2008 9:13:08 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 51 replies · 174+ views
    Reason Magazine ^ | Radley Balko
    About a month ago I got a call from a reporter for the Arkansas Times inquiring about my research into paramilitary drug raids. He'd been reporting on a raid in North Little Rock involving a 40-year-old man named Tracy Ingle. When he told me the story over the phone, I was floored, even given all the abuses and mistakes I've reported and read about over the last few years. What makes the case especially egregious is not that the police may have gotten the wrong home, that they shot a man, or that they were covering it up or going...
  • ATF Agents Burst Into Wrong House (again...)

    04/10/2008 8:06:37 AM PDT · by woollyone · 141 replies · 582+ views
    NBC6 ^ | 04-10-08 | staff
    MIAMI -- Officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives barged into a South Florida home Wednesday only to discover they had the wrong address. The ATF agents were supposed to conduct a raid at a home in the 2600 block of Northwest 49th Terrace in northwest Miami-Dade County, but they were off by one block. They entered a house on Northwest 49th Street instead. A mother and her 2-year-old boy were among the innocent people inside the home when the agents came in
  • Investigating Police Raid At Wrong House

    02/15/2008 9:24:24 PM PST · by bshomoic · 85 replies · 1,919+ views
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) ― Two months ago, a terrified mother called 911 to report strangers breaking into her North Minneapolis home. The intruders were not violent criminals but members of the Minneapolis Police Department's SWAT team. They were raiding the wrong house after an informant gave investigators bad information. The I-TEAM tracked the 17 hours that led up to the raid. Shortly after seven in the morning on Saturday, Dec. 15, a young woman walked into the downtown police precinct and said her boyfriend had threatened her. She told police Jermaine Brown belongs to the Rolling 60's Crips street gang, and...
  • Castrated Man Gets 5 Years in Prison

    09/19/2007 10:20:05 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 340+ views
    McKinney, Texas (AP) -- A man who underwent surgical castration after he was shot in the groin during a police raid has been sentenced to five years in prison for firing at the officers. Guillermo Urquiza, 27, said he was asleep at home in April 2006 when a police SWAT team burst in to arrest him and look for evidence that he had solicited an informant to kill a police officer. Urquiza shot at the officers but didn't hit anyone. The officers, who said they fired after hearing gunshots, wounded Urquiza in the groin and stomach. He has since undergone...
  • 2 plead guilty in Ga. drug raid death

    04/26/2007 8:56:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 697+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/26/07 | Harry R. Weber - ap
    ATLANTA - Two police officers pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter and other charges in the shooting death of a 92-year-old woman during a botched drug raid at her home last fall. Officer J.R. Smith, who also agreed to resign from the police department, told a state judge that he regretted what had happened. "I'm sorry," the 35-year-old said, his voice barely audible. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter, violation of oath, criminal solicitation, making false statements and perjury, which was based on untrue claims in a no-knock warrant obtained to enter Kathryn Johnston's home on Nov. 21. Former Officer Gregg Junnier,...
  • Possible Indictments Against Police In Kathryn Johnston Case

    02/08/2007 8:45:35 AM PST · by from occupied ga · 11 replies · 603+ views
    wsb radio ^ | 2/8/07 | wsb radio
    (WSB Radio) Fulton County's top prosecutor plans to seek charges against several current and former Atlanta police officers in the fatal shooting of an elderly Atlanta woman. WSB's Veronica Waters reports lawyers for three officers have been informed that Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard will take the case of Kathryn Johnston's shooting before a grand jury February 26. The proposed indictment would include 17 charges, including felony murder, burglary, aggravated assault, making false statements, violation of oath of office and criminal solicitation. Newly retired Atlanta police officer Gregg Junnier has been cooperating with the federally-led joint investigation into...
  • Deputy charged with murder in Strickland shooting

    12/11/2006 1:22:15 PM PST · by SmoothTalker · 88 replies · 1,838+ views
    "Cpl. Christopher M. Long has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the Dec. 1 shooting death of Peyton Strickland, District Attorney Ben David said today." "Strickland, 18, was shot in the head and right shoulder area and fatally wounded Dec. 1 in the house he lived in at 533 Long Leaf Acres Drive. Strickland’s death is attributed to a gunshot wound to the head, officials said. His shooting came as members of the sheriff’s heavily armed and armored Emergency Response Team and UNCW police officers sought to arrest Strickland at his home at 533 Long Leaf Acres Drive....
  • Deputy involved in shooting is fired

    12/09/2006 1:50:42 PM PST · by SWO · 20 replies · 1,422+ views
    The Star News ^ | December 09. 2006 3:30AM | By Ken Little
    One week after the fatal shooting of Peyton Strickland, New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Deputy Christopher M. Long was dismissed from his job. Friday's announcement came late in the afternoon in a terse release from the sheriff's office. The press release advised that it would be fruitless to ask any questions about the firing, citing ongoing investigations by the State Bureau of Investigation and the New Hanover County District Attorney's Office "regarding Long's recent actions." Sheriff Sid Causey did not return a call seeking further information. Long, 34, was a corporal and a member of the sheriff's office Emergency Response...
  • Student was likely shot through door

    12/07/2006 6:38:40 AM PST · by 300magnum · 66 replies · 1,821+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | Thu, Dec. 07, 2006 | MATTHEW EISLEY
    WILMINGTON - New Hanover County Sheriff Sid Causey said Wednesday he doesn't yet know whether three of his deputies followed proper procedures when they shot and killed Peyton Strickland, a Cape Fear Community College student from Durham. "I would certainly hope so," he told The News & Observer on Wednesday. Causey added that he did not know why the deputies shot Strickland or who fired the fatal shots, because the SBI has not completed its investigation. But the autopsy added to questions already raised. The bullet that struck Strickland in the head and killed him was likely fired through his...
  • Police believed student had guns

    12/05/2006 6:25:30 AM PST · by grjr21 · 311 replies · 4,310+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 12/05/2006 | MANDY LOCKE
    When police came to search Peyton Strickland's rented house for stolen PlayStation 3 consoles, they feared they might find him amid a small arsenal of firearms, according to a search warrant released late Monday. Police found snapshots on the Internet of a man they suspected to be Strickland's robbery partner posing with an assault rifle, pistols and a shotgun. A detective had seen that man, Ryan David Mills, 20, hanging out at Strickland's rental home, according to the search warrant. So, when UNC Wilmington campus police headed there Friday, they brought reinforcements picked from the New Hanover Sheriff's Office's elite,...
  • Source: Only One Officer Was Shot

    11/30/2006 7:13:05 AM PST · by FreedomCalls · 11 replies · 933+ views
    WSB-TV ^ | November 29, 2006 | WSB
    Channel 2 Action News has learned major new details today in the controversial police shooting that left an elderly woman dead. A source close to the officers involved now tells Channel 2 only one of the officers was hit directly with a bullet – the two others were hit with shrapnel. The source also says all the officers involved are in the process of getting lawyers. ... But a source familiar with the injuries of two officers, including the one that Channel 2 spoke with yesterday, say the wounds were caused by bullet fragments.
  • Update: Informant Says Cops Told Him To Lie About Shooting Of Elderly Atlanta Woman

    11/29/2006 2:39:59 PM PST · by AdamSelene235 · 236 replies · 3,380+ views
    ahn ^ | November 28, 2006 | ahn
    Atlanta, GA (AHN) - An unidentified police informant is in protective custody following a television interview in which he said officers had told him to lie about buying narcotics at a home where an elderly woman was shot and killed during a drug raid. Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington said at a press conference Monday, that the informant's comments contradicted statements made by officers who were at the scene when 88-year-old Kathryn Johnston was gunned down by plain-clothes officers. "The officers are saying one thing, the confidential informant is saying something else," said Pennington, in his first public comments about...
  • Chief vows to review shooting

    11/28/2006 5:31:14 AM PST · by from occupied ga · 48 replies · 829+ views
    The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 11/27/2006 | SAEED AHMED
    Five days after an elderly woman was killed in a gun battle that left three officers wounded, Atlanta police chief Richard Pennington said Sunday night his department will review its policy on "no knock" warrants and its use of confidential informants. Speaking for the first time since the Tuesday night shooting death of Kathryn Johnston at her home in northwest Atlanta, Pennington said his office "will turn over every stone to make sure we get to the reason why this tragic incident happened." Atlanta police Chief Richard Pennington says the policy on 'no knock' warrants will be reviewed. Pennington provided...
  • Informant in shooting says he never bought drugs at house

    11/27/2006 4:15:07 PM PST · by FreedomCalls · 114 replies · 2,132+ views
    The Atlanta-Journal Constitution ^ | 11/27/06 | SAEED AHMED
    The confidential informant on whose word Atlanta police raided the house of an 88-year-old woman is now saying he never purchased drugs from her house and was told by police to lie and say he did. Chief Richard Pennington, in a press conference Monday evening, said his department learned two days ago that the informant — who has been used reliably in the past by the narcotics unit -- denied providing information to officers about a drug deal at 933 Neal Street in northwest Atlanta. "The informant said he had no knowledge of going into that house and purchasing drugs,"...
  • Police: Shooting Of Elderly Woman "Tragic, Unfortunate"

    11/22/2006 8:16:37 PM PST · by AdamSelene235 · 228 replies · 4,222+ views
    wsbtv ^ | 11-21-2006 | wsbtv
    ATLANTA -- Three Atlanta police officers were shot and wounded and an elderly woman killed at a house in northwest Atlanta Tuesday night. The woman, identified by relatives as 92-year old Kathryn Johnston, opened fire on the officers from the narcotics division at a house at 933 Neal Street, according to officials. Atlanta Police Asst. Chief Alan Dreher said at a news conference Wednesday that an undercover officer made a drug purchase at Johnston’s address late Tuesday afternoon from a male suspect. Officers were able to obtain a search warrant after that. Asst. Chief Dreher said as they were executing...
  • Drug War Police Tactics Endanger Innocent Citizens

    07/22/2006 8:26:48 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 58 replies · 1,272+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 21, 2006 | Radley Balko
    Drug War Police Tactics Endanger Innocent Citizens Winston Churchill is commonly credited with having said, "Democracy means that when there's a knock in the door at 3 am, it's probably the milkman." One wonders what Churchill would make of modern-day, drug war America. For the last year, I've been researching a study on SWAT teams, "no-knock" raids, and the rise of paramilitary tactics in domestic policing (the study was released this week). The trends I've found are troubling, and some of the individual stories are absolutely heartbreaking. Each day in America, police SWAT teams raid more than 100 private homes,...
  • Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America

    07/18/2006 2:00:20 PM PDT · by rbalko · 150 replies · 3,262+ views
    The Cato Institute ^ | July 16, 2006 | Radley Balko
    Paper on America's love affair with the SWAT team and "dynamic entry" raids. See scary accompanying map of botched no-knocks and other SWAT-style raids.
  • High Court backs police no-knock searches

    06/15/2006 11:32:07 AM PDT · by Shermy · 190 replies · 5,004+ views
    AP ^ | June 15, 2006 | GINA HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police armed with a warrant can barge into homes and seize evidence even if they don't knock, a huge government victory that was decided by President Bush's new justices. The 5-4 ruling signals the court's conservative shift following the departure of moderate Sandra Day O'Connor. Dissenting justices predicted that police will now feel free to ignore previous court rulings that officers with search warrants must knock and announce themselves or run afoul of the Constitution's Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches. Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority, said Detroit police acknowledge...
  • Supreme Court: No exclusionary rule for no-knock searches

    06/15/2006 7:53:40 AM PDT · by NinoFan · 276 replies · 4,648+ views
    Breaking... Major 5-4 decision. This case was reargued and apparently Alito cast the deciding vote.
  • Robbers Pose As Police: Men in SWAT Gear Terrorize Family (Dallas)

    11/10/2004 10:38:51 AM PST · by Travis McGee · 27 replies · 1,739+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | November 10, 2004 | Jason Trahan
    "Policia! Policia!" JIM MAHONEY/DMN Policia! Policia! That's what six masked men – dressed in black SWAT gear labeled "police" and armed with what appeared to be high-powered assault rifles and handguns – yelled as they swarmed into a small welding business that also doubles as the home of Camilo Rodea, his wife and two small sons. "They said, 'Give me the marijuana!' " Mr. Rodea said Tuesday afternoon, a few hours after the attempted robbery about 10:20 a.m. in the 9400 block of Bermuda Road in southeast Oak Cliff. "I said I didn't have any. "They said, 'If you love...

    05/25/2003 3:40:23 PM PDT · by Servant of the Nine · 236 replies · 337+ views
    New York Post ^ | 5/25/03 | LEONARD GREENE
    <p>Dww.papercut.biays after cops ransacked the home of Marie and Robert Rogers and held the Queens couple at gunpoint in a mistaken drug raid last year, their attorney issued a prophetic warning.</p> <p>"We must do a better job of no-knock search warrants," lawyer Norman Siegel said during an October press conference. "Otherwise, someone might wind up dead as a result of how we implement this procedure."</p>
  • Raid a house, kick a dog, plug a suspect

    06/05/2002 7:29:53 AM PDT · by bloggerjohn · 71 replies · 461+ views
    Worldnet Daily ^ | February 22, 2002 | Joel Miller
    A family in Pueblo, Colo., is suing the DEA and the Colorado Bureau of Investigations after a no-knock raid resulted in their two sons being arrested and jailed despite the fact no drugs were found on the premises. According to the suit, "black-masked, black-helmeted men brandishing automatic weapons and wearing all-black uniforms with no insignias suddenly burst into the house unannounced, kicked the family's dog across the floor, ordered the entire family to 'get on the [expletive] floor,' held them at gunpoint, searched the house, found no drugs or contraband, but nevertheless carted off the family's two sons, Dave and...
  • Man shoots, kills would-be robber in TV-style invasion (Police No-Knock Impersonators)

    04/02/2002 4:35:06 AM PST · by the · 30 replies · 291+ views
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/2/2002 | Yolanda Jones
    Man shoots, kills would-be robber in TV-style invasionBy Yolanda Jonesyojones@gomemphis.comApril 2, 2002Asize Lee Coady and her boyfriend, Odie Harper, were watching Law and Order Sunday night when a sudden knock on the door was like a scene from the cop drama. Shortly after 9 p.m., two men posing as police officers burst in Coady's southwest Memphis home in the 1200 block of Michigan yelling "police, police, get down," said Harper, 63. "Asize was the first one to the door, and when they burst in, she fell down," Harper said. "I didn't know what was going on." What happened next is...