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  • Reading the Tea Leaves in Johnson County

    04/20/2014 7:33:14 AM PDT · by wildbill · 26 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | March 27 2014 | Mark Steyn
    ~On the other hand, tea-wise, the Johnson County Sheriff's Department is taking it to a whole other level. Two years ago, at 7.30 one April morning, a sleepy Bob Harte staggered to the front door of his home in Leawood, Kansas to answer a knock and found a fully-armed SWAT team outside preparing to use the battering ram. They shoved him to the floor, surrounded him with pointing rifles, and the whole rigmarole began... On the other hand, at least the Hartes and their kids are still alive. I've written often about the increasing tendency of American cops to police...
  • The United States of SWAT? Military-style gov't units wreaking havoc on non-violent citizens.

    04/18/2014 6:21:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/18/2014 | John Fund
    Regardless of how people feel about Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management over his cattle’s grazing rights, a lot of Americans were surprised to see TV images of an armed-to-the-teeth paramilitary wing of the BLM deployed around Bundy’s ranch. They shouldn’t have been. Dozens of federal agencies now have Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams to further an expanding definition of their missions. It’s not controversial that the Secret Service and the Bureau of Prisons have them. But what about the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office...
  • What Does the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Need with 96 Armed Agents?

    04/07/2014 5:51:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies ^ | 4/6/2014 | Rick Moran
    The proliferation of federal agencies with armed agents is one of the most worrisome aspects of the growth in government. Just last summer the EPA carried out an armed raid on a mine in Alaska to enforce the Clean Water Act — a bit of government intimidation that residents say was totally unnecessary:
  • SWAT Targets Family for Drinking Tea

    03/30/2014 5:30:13 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 52 replies
    The American Interest ^ | March 27, 2014 | Russell Mead & Staff
    In 21st-century America, the most innocent of activities could have a SWAT team busting down your door. Reason profiles the Harte family, who were the victims of a SWAT home invasion after police raided their garbage cans (h/t Ben Domench). An unreliable field test falsely identified Addie Harte’s trashed teabags as marijuana, and SWAT leapt into action. The Hartes didn’t just suffer the trauma of the raid—they had to spend $25,000 just to find out why they were targeted.
  • BEWARE: No-Knock SWAT Attacks

    03/24/2014 7:43:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 125 replies ^ | March 24, 2014 | Katie Kieffer
    Gun owners beware. Squirt gun owners, that includes you. If a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team SUSPECTS you of crime, you may receive a late-night visit from an armed SWAT team. That’s right, an armed and militant SWAT team could trot right through your front door as you slumber this summer. No-knock warrants are increasingly used by military-style police units, like SWAT teams for drug raids. Unfortunately, SWAT teams can obtain these warrants too easily from judges and consequently do not always perform sufficient due diligence. As a result, tens of thousands of decent, law-abiding American citizens are surprised...
  • Fort Worth SWAT Standoff: Who Pays For The Damage On Permian Lane?

    03/19/2014 10:47:10 AM PDT · by fella · 4 replies
    WFAA ^ | 18 March 2014 | MARIE SAAVEDRA
    FORT WORTH — What started as a murder case ended as a standoff at a two-story home on Permian Lane in Fort Worth on December 31, 2013. John St. Angelo, a contractor, had been here before, and chose it as a place to hide from Fort Worth police as they tried to track him down for the murder of his estranged wife, Suzanne Parsons. Police used tear gas and more to break into the home until St. Angelo finally gave up. All the owner of the house could do was watch. "We’re about 12 hours ahead, so I found out...
  • Mississippi legislature votes to give attorney general his own “strike forces”

    02/28/2014 10:20:29 AM PST · by Altariel · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 27, 2014 | Radley Balko
    A troubling bill (PDF) that passed the Mississippi legislature last month would give the state’s attorney general three paramilitary-style “strike forces” to use around the state at his discretion. The bill is being pushed by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, who told the Associated Press, “These elite forces will respond to a specific high-crime area and hit gangs and drug dealers where they live. Give law enforcement the authority and the resources they need, and they will get the job done.” But it’s far from clear that the state really needs more strike forces with which to hit people. Mississippi already...
  • TX:Holes in DHS Houston Air Rifle and SWAT Story

    02/22/2014 3:26:02 PM PST · by marktwain · 39 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 February, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    On Monday, 17 February, a soldier in an unfinished development in Harris County near Houston was confronted by a swat team, an armored vehicle, and accusations of criminal mischief, because he was practicing with an air rifle. reports that an off-duty homeland security agent was looking at one of the unfinished houses (that had been damaged by vandals).  The agent is said to claim that one of the windows was shattered.    The agent then looked out, saw a man with a rifle, and called dispatch.   That became an "active shooter event".  An off-duty Homeland Security agent –...
  • Soldier’s Target Practice With Air Rifle at His Home Results in School Lockdowns, Arrest at Gunpoint

    02/22/2014 6:44:46 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 83 replies
    Guns Save ^ | Feb 21, 2014 | Dan Cannon
    [Video] Soldier’s Target Practice With Air Rifle at His Home Results in School Lockdowns, Arrest at Gunpoint February 21 2014 by Dan Cannon Share This Post A current active duty soldier and Iraq War veteran’s target practice with an air rifle landed him in hot water this week. The soldier was shooting at a target he setup on the side of his home with an air rifle. One of the projectiles (likely a BB or pellet) struck the glass at an under construction home nearby. It’s unclear if a ricochet was to blame or if it was a bad miss....
  • Video: LA Sheriffs kill 80-year-old man in bed in meth raid gone bad

    02/18/2014 11:24:16 PM PST · by chessplayer · 58 replies
    How did an 80-year-old man end up shot to death in his own bed by Los Angeles County deputy sheriffs? Reason’s Zach Weissmuller takes an in-depth look at the death of Eugene Mallory, who died in a hail of bullets triggered by supposedly challenging the deputies with a gun in the hallway of his own home during a meth raid. Only Mallory didn’t get shot in the hallway — he got shot in his bedroom, and the bullets came before the deputy warned him to put his gun down. Did Mallory pick up the gun at all? And what were...
  • 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...
  • Botched paramilitary Police Raids

    02/08/2014 1:37:17 PM PST · by tx_eggman · 17 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | Radley Balko
    An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko.
  • 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...
  • Florida Woman Furious After SWAT Team Orders Her Out of Her Own Home During Standoff With Neighbor

    02/05/2014 1:28:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 63 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/5/2014 | Elizabeth Kreft
    A Jacksonville homeowner thought she may have been robbed Sunday, but realized instead her home had been altered by a SWAT team. Deborah Franz was told to leave her home by police during a standoff with her neighbor over the weekend. According to WTEV-TV, Franz overheard loud fighting next door, and then saw SWAT team members swarm the street. “The cop goes ‘You all need to leave, you can’t be in your house,’” Franz told the station.
  • Super Bowl Snipers

    01/31/2014 1:06:00 PM PST · by Altariel · 41 replies
    My 9 New Jersey ^ | Updated: Jan 29, 2014 10:45 AM CST | My 9 New Jersey
    East Rutherford, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Along with excited and eager fans, SWAT teams and Snipers will be attending Super Bowl XLVIII. The reason for such high precautions is because the Super Bowl is a level one national security event. Former FBI agent Jonathan Gilliam explains how snipers work in coordination with SWAT teams to give the fans and players ultimate safety. “If you have an active shooter or you have anyone who may have a bomb. Snipers have a better angle then anyone who is on the ground to actually hit that target. It’s an entire team that communicates....
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Now Has a SWAT Team

    01/11/2014 8:57:42 PM PST · by Altariel · 33 replies
    Dallas Observer ^ | January 10, 2014 | Brantley Hargrove
    The man in the photo to the left isn't a Ranger in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. He's a Texas game warden, kitted out to check your deer tags or lead a paramilitary, kick-the-door-in assault on your tent. The militarization of every possible law enforcement entity in America is complete: Texas Parks and Wildlife now has a SWAT team. The 25-man unit can deploy anywhere in the state within four hours, TPWD boasts, and is modeled after what military types call a "force multiplier," which basically means that these guys can shoot a bunch of bullets. At what, you ask? In this...
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Now Has a SWAT Team (Is the militarization of police finally complete?)

    01/11/2014 5:20:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Dallas Observer's Unfair Park Blog ^ | January 10, 2014 | Brantley Hargrove
    The man in the photo to the left isn't a Ranger in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. He's a Texas game warden, kitted out to check your deer tags or lead a paramilitary, kick-the-door-in assault on your tent. The militarization of every possible law enforcement entity in America is complete: Texas Parks and Wildlife now has a SWAT team. The 25-man unit can deploy anywhere in the state within four hours, TPWD boasts, and is modeled after what military types call a "force multiplier," which basically means that these guys can shoot a bunch of bullets. At what, you ask? In this...
  • 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...
  • The Police-Industrial-Entertainment Complex

    12/03/2013 9:18:59 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 28 replies
    The Huffington Post | 12/02/2013 | Radley Balko In my book on police militarization, I have a section on the role pop culture has played in blurring the line between cops and soldiers, particularly with the onset of reality(ish) shows like A&E's Dallas SWAT or Spike TV's DEA. Over at the blog Gun Culture 2.0, sociologist David Yamane looks at a bizarre new reality competition on the Outdoor Channel called Elite Tactical Unit: S.W.A.T., which features SWAT teams from across the country competing in a number of SWAT-like competitions for a $100,000 prize. As Yamane describes it, "ETU is basically 'Survivor' set in the world of police...
  • Andy vs Sheriff’s Deputy Gelhaus

    11/27/2013 11:14:48 PM PST · by Rabin · 53 replies
    Oct. 22, 2013 | Rab.
    On Oct. 22, Deputy Sheriff Erick Gelhaus, a marksman with 24 years in the (police) department, exited the car, took aim, shouted "drop the gun", (an AK-47 like, toy). As the boy turned (forensics document), seven penetrations in the center and right upper center & central lower quad. Three shots enter standing and falling, exiting the chest and face, Four enter prostrate with two exiting the top of the skull, one remaining in the lower abdomen and one exiting thru the left knee cap. Erick still feeling threatened hand cuffed riddled the 13-year-old, advised him of his 5th, then (cpr)...
  • Long Beach Police Shooting Gallery?

    11/17/2013 12:56:13 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 10 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | November 17, 2013 | Robert Farago
    Long Beach Police Shooting Gallery? By Robert Farago on November 17, 2013 The wimps at the Los Angeles CBS station don’t show the moments when Long Beach police open fire on a clearly mentally disturbed woman holding a pistol. And they buried the key fact—the two-hour timeline—in the story. “A perimeter near downtown Long Beach was established shortly after 9:47 a.m. after police received a report of a ‘person with a gun.’ Shortly after, authorities reported that Long Beach Boulevard and Elm Avenue were closed due to an ongoing investigation. It is believed the woman was a patient at a...
  • APD Names Man Arrested After Midtown Standoff

    11/08/2013 1:39:40 PM PST · by Alaska Wolf · 14 replies
    KTUU 2 ^ | Nov 08, 2013 | Chris Klint
    APD Names Man Arrested After Midtown Standoff Chris Klint Chris Klint, Senior Digital Producer, POSTED: 05:52 AM AKST Nov 08, 2013 UPDATED: 10:29 AM AKST Nov 08, 2013 ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police have identified an armed man who surrendered to officers and was arrested at a Midtown home early Friday, ending an overnight standoff involving his own children. APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro says 30-year-old Thi Chau has been charged with third-degree counts of assault and criminal mischief, fourth-degree counts of misconduct involving weapons and controlled substances, and one count of reckless endangerment. Police dispatchers received a call reporting...
  • Pakistanis react with dismay to new Taliban chief {"India land to be conquered and proselytised"}

    11/07/2013 8:29:51 PM PST · by Cronos · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 7 Nov 2013 | M Ilyas Khan
    Dejection and dismay has been the reaction of many people in Pakistan to the news that Mullah Fazlullah has been made head of the Pakistani Taliban (TTP). He is still remembered for his atrocities in Swat - banning girls' education, destroying schools, ransacking music shops, carrying out public executions, and attempting to enforce a brutal moral code of Islamic law. He was the pioneer of what many in Pakistan and internationally believe to be a senseless campaign against the United Nations-funded polio vaccination drive. His elevation has also taken aback those in official Pakistani circles who had been pushing for...
  • Hundreds pack Andy Lopez funeral Mass

    10/30/2013 8:46:51 PM PDT · by Rabin · 28 replies
    HE PRESS DEMOCRAT ^ | October 29, 2013 | MARTIN ESPINOZA
    Andy Lopez Cruz, age 13. On Oct. 22, Lopez was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy on Moorland Avenue in southwest Santa Rosa. The boy was carrying an airsoft BB gun designed to look like an AK-47 assault rifle, and police investigating the shooting said the deputy mistook the gun for a real weapon. Lopez's parents stood before the altar, next to their son's closed coffin, which was covered in white fabric. For the duration of the service, the boy's mother, Sujey Lopez, lay her arms over the coffin with her head against it. The boy's father, Rodrigo Lopez,...
  • 6 people dead in SC in apparent domestic dispute

    10/30/2013 1:17:07 AM PDT · by arthurus · 4 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 30, 2013 | The Associated Press
    Officers first went to the home in Greenwood County after receiving a call from a man who said he was thinking about hurting himself, Long said. He said while police were on their way, one of the man's neighbors called 911 saying four children from that address had arrived at her house and told her a shot had been fired. He said the children remained at her house. After about an hour and "several unsuccessful attempts" by officers to make contact with anyone in the home, the SWAT team entered and discovered the bodies, Long said.
  • Exclusive: Feds confiscate investigative reporter’s confidential files during raid

    10/25/2013 11:38:53 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 89 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 25 2013 | daily caller
    A veteran Washington D.C. investigative journalist says the Department of Homeland Security confiscated a stack of her confidential files during a raid of her home in August — leading her to fear that a number of her sources inside the federal government have now been exposed. In an interview with The Daily Caller, journalist Audrey Hudson revealed that the Department of Homeland Security and Maryland State Police were involved in a predawn raid of her Shady Side, Md. home on Aug. 6. Hudson is a former Washington Times reporter and current freelance reporter. A search warrant obtained by TheDC indicates...
  • Is America Inching Toward a Police State?

    08/23/2013 9:40:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 23, 2013 | Rodrigo Sermińo
    Stronger police forces and a more robust surveillance apparatus are blurring the lines between law enforcement and military. WASHINGTON – The recent revelations about the federal government’s surveillance programs underscore a subtle trend in the U.S. that should raise some concerns about personal freedoms in America.According to John W. Whitehead – founder of the Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties and human rights organization – more Americans might find themselves in increasingly dangerous situations as SWAT teams and SWAT-team tactics are used more frequently in routine law enforcement activities. Violent crime in America has been on a steady decline since...
  • CIA Whistleblower: Obama's Plans To Destroy US And Seize Power; 70 Agency DHS To Enforce Martial Law

    10/14/2013 12:29:45 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 69 replies
    Bob Powell Blogspot ^ | October 13, 2013 | Bob Powell
    We’ve watched as the Department of Homeland Security has beefed up to the point that SWAT teams under DHS authority from no less than seventy government agencies, including the National Weather Service and the Library of Congress, can load some of their 2 billion rounds of hollow point ammunition (enough to fight an Iraq-intensity conflict for 24 years) into their thousands of brand new MRAPS and take down a major city as we saw recently in Boston. This is the “domestic army as powerful as the U.S. military” that Barack Obama promised to raise when he campaigned for President; and...
  • Sarah Palin: We were met by a SWAT team in full riot gear at Lincoln Memorial

    10/13/2013 2:48:08 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 58 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 10-13-2013 | The Right Scoop
    Absolutely disgusting that the Obama administration would bring a SWAT team in full riot gear to a protest by those who put everything on the line for this country. Just goes to show what they think about us Americans on the right.
  • One less SWAT team

    10/13/2013 11:42:43 AM PDT · by Zuben Elgenubi · 35 replies
    The MetroWest Daily News ^ | Oct 13, 2013 | Rick Holmes/Opinion editor
    The idea that every town must have a police SWAT team is relatively new. While just a handful of big cities had SWAT teams 30 years ago, now 80 percent of towns with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 have them. Now there is one fewer. Quietly and with no public debate, Framingham’s SWAT team has been disbanded.  Chief Steven Carl gave the order as he and the SWAT commander left the department for other jobs. Carl told me the disbanding of the SWAT team wasn’t just something he did on the way out the door. Two years ago he told...
  • Lamborn Criticizes Armed EPA Raid ( Alaska )

    10/13/2013 9:03:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | October 11, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    The Obama administration has turned bureaucrats at environmental agencies into armed SWAT teams to conduct unprecedented raids on small mining operations for what used to be simple reviews of clean water permits. That’s according to Colorado Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn, chairman of the House Natural Resources subcommittee on energy and mineral resources, who held a hearing Thursday that examined the August raid of armed federal officials including the Environmental Protection Agency in Chicken, Alaska. Lamborn said the “EPA SWAT team of heavily armed and armored agents conducted paperwork inspections on small mining operations, in what appears nothing more than an...
  • Beware Of The Police's Increasing Militarization

    09/30/2013 4:34:31 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 59 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 30, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Policing: The Dallas County Sheriff's Office gets an MRAP tactical military vehicle, used for counterinsurgency fighting in Iraq, as law enforcement becomes a collection of SWAT teams pursuing not-always-guilty Americans. In early August, a SWAT team broke through the gates of a 3.5-acre farm in Arlington, Texas, that promotes a sustainable lifestyle and did a 10-hour search of the property. Residents were handcuffed and held at gunpoint as police looked for nonexistent marijuana plants and various city code violations. As the owners watched, 10 tons of their private property was hauled off in trucks — dangerous items such as blackberry...
  • Another Republican-Supporting Business Raided: Suspicion of Using Mongolian Wood

    09/28/2013 2:41:48 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 71 replies
    Thursday, Federal agents raided Lumber Liquidators. Lumber Liquidators advertises heavily on The Rush Limbaugh Show and even put in the flooring for one of Rush’s studios. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports: "Agents from the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Justice executed the search warrant at the company’s headquarters and plant near Williamsburg, said Brandon Montgomery, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security." The reason for the raid? Suspicion of using Mongolian Wood. Mongolian wood, apparently, is an imminent threat to Homeland Security.
  • Peeing in Theater Leads to SWAT Team Response

    09/22/2013 5:05:27 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 71 replies ^ | 22SEP2013 | Miss Cellania
    An incident at the Bridgeport Village Regal Cinema in Portland, Oregon, involving multiple law enforcement agencies, turned out to be a comedy of errors. During the movie, "Prisoners," an elderly man stood up and urinated. It is believed he may have been drinking. The urine fell on a teenager sitting in the row in front of him. This upset a nearby woman who started yelling "Gun!" over and over. Theater patrons began running for the exits, and someone called 911, which led to "a massive response from multiple agencies." 'Investigators tell FOX 12 they quickly figured out what happened after...
  • SWAT Team Told To Leave Navy Yard Has STILL Not Been Debriefed, Leader Removed Without Explanation

    09/21/2013 6:20:20 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 78 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9-20-2013 | Andrea Ryan
    FULL TITLE - "DC Capitol SWAT Team That Was Ordered NOT To Neutralize Navy Yard Shooter STILL Not Debriefed, And PD Removes Leader Without Explanation" On Wednesday, BBC News reported the indefensible discovery that the D.C. Capitol Police’s SWAT team was ready to neutralize the Navy Yard mass shooting. But, the highly trained and heavily armed, elite tactical group was, instead, ordered to stand down and leave the scene. The Capitol Police promised a full investigation. Today, BBC News reported more disturbing information. No one has talked to the SWAT team members. Not even for the protocol debriefing. But, not...
  • Navy Yard shooting: Swat team awaits answers

    09/20/2013 10:28:25 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 32 replies ^ | 9/20/13 | Debbie Siegelbaum
    Meanwhile, the department has installed a new leader of the elite unit. No reason has been given for the decision. Gunman Aaron Alexis killed 12 people. The BBC has also learned that four members of the highly trained team have applied for temporary leave, as they "grapple" with the aftermath of the incident. The Capitol Police department has not yet granted the request, nor given approval for them to use their own paid time off.
  • Washington Navy Yard shooting: Capitol Police to review response

    09/19/2013 2:59:58 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | Sept. 18th 2013 | Debbie Siegelbaum
    Washington DC's Capitol Police have ordered a review into a BBC report that an armed police team was ordered not to respond to Monday's mass shooting. A tactical response team from the force was told by a supervisor to leave the scene instead of aiding municipal officers, police sources told the BBC. The Capitol Police sources suggest they could have saved lives had they been allowed to go in. Aaron Alexis, 34, killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard. In a statement on Wednesday, the US Capitol Police Board said the force's Chief Kim Dine had asked it to...
  • Navy Yard: Swat team 'stood down' at mass shooting scene

    09/18/2013 11:00:32 AM PDT · by kristinn · 83 replies
    The BBC ^ | Wednesday, September 18, 2013
    A tactical response team of the Capitol Police, a force that guards the US Capitol complex, was told to leave the scene by a supervisor instead of aiding municipal officers. The Capitol Police department said senior officials were investigating. Aaron Alexis, 34, killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday. "I don't think it's a far stretch to say that some lives may have been saved if we were allowed to intervene," a Capitol Police source familiar with the incident told the BBC. A former Navy reservist, Alexis was working as a technical contractor for the Navy and...
  • AZ:Pima Co. agrees to settle over botched SWAT raid

    09/15/2013 3:19:02 PM PDT · by marktwain · 58 replies ^ | 4 September, 2013 | Morgan Loew
    TUCSON, AZ (CBS5) - CBS 5 Investigates has learned that attorneys for Pima County have agreed to settle a case with the family of a slain Iraq War veteran, who was gunned down during a SWAT raid at the vet's home. In the original claim, Jose Guerena's family demanded $20 million. The family's attorney, Christopher Scileppi, confirmed that the sides has reached an agreement, but that it still needed the approval of the county board of supervisors and the court. He did not say how much the family would receive in the settlement. At issue was whether an innocent man...
  • SWAT Raids Wrong Home (Surprise-another one)

    09/14/2013 7:03:46 PM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 86 replies
    WTOC Savannah ^ | 9/12/13 | Alyssa Hyman
    <p>A home was heavily damaged after an operation to find gang members who are indicted on 97 counts.</p> <p>SWAT members were looking for Jashavious Keel. He is one of the suspects named in a Chatham County indictment. The district attorney's office said 14 West 61st Street is his last known address.</p>
  • 'Sovereign citizens' assault Port Everglades ("evil American patriots")

    09/09/2013 7:40:12 AM PDT · by kimtom · 15 replies ^ | September 5, 2013 | Robert Nolin
    Amid the explosions, smoke, roaring vehicles and chattering gunfire of a terrorist attack Thursday afternoon at Port Everglades, one fact became chillingly clear: These weren't foreign-born America-hating terrorists. These were native-born America-hating terrorists. And they were making things difficult for the good guys. "They're moving, they're taking positions, they have superior firepower," said Sheriff's Deputy Richard Saito. "They're clearly very well-trained, very well-motivated." Of course it wasn't a real terrorist attack, but rather a large-scale SWAT training exercise mounted by the Broward Sheriff's Office involving boats, bus, bombs and booby-trapped hostages. "This is really a worst case scenario," said Saito,...
  • 107-year-old Arkansas man, Monroe Isadore, killed in shootout with S.W.A.T.

    09/09/2013 4:06:06 AM PDT · by Makana · 41 replies
    THV 11 News ^ | September 8, 2013 | THV 11 News
    "On September 7, 2013, at approximately 4:25 p.m., Officers of the Pine Bluff Police Department responded to a disturbance at 1411 W. 16th. When they arrived, they were able to determine that an Aggravated Assault had occurred against two people at the residence. The suspect, Monroe Isadore (M, 107 years old), had pointed a weapon at them. The officers had the two victims leave the residence, for their safety, and approached the door to the bedroom where Isadore was supposed to be. When officers announced themselves, Isadore shot through the door at them. No officer was hit or injured by...
  • SWAT team shoots and kills 107-year-old man in standoff

    09/08/2013 9:06:40 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 41 replies ^ | Sep 08, 2013 | Jeannette Reyes
    PINE BLUFF (KATV - A stand-off on Saturday left one man dead. S.W.A.T. Officers shot and killed the suspect after a standoff at a Pine Bluff home. Lt. David Price told channel 7 that when officers arrived at the home they learned that an aggravated assault had occurred against two people. The suspect, Monroe Isadore, who authorities say is 107-year-old old, pointed a weapon at them. Authorities asked the two victims to leave the home and walked up to the bedroom door where Isadore was supposed to be. When officers identified themselves to the suspect he shot at them through...
  • 107-year-old Arkansas man dies in shootout with S.W.A.T.

    09/08/2013 6:34:43 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 41 replies
    PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A 107-year old Pine Bluff man died Saturday after a shootout with officers and S.W.A.T. members. The Pine Bluff Police Dept. released the following information about the incident on Saturday evening. "On September 7, 2013, at approximately 4:25 p.m., Officers of the Pine Bluff Police Department responded to a disturbance at 1411 W. 16th. When they arrived, they were able to determine that an Aggravated Assault had occurred against two people at the residence. The suspect, Monroe Isadore (M, 107 years old), had pointed a weapon at them. The officers had the two victims leave...
  • 107-year-old man killed in police shootout in Arkansas, authorities say

    09/08/2013 5:50:14 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 67 replies
    CNN ^ | September 8, 2013 | Faith Karimi
    (CNN) -- A man who police said was 107 years old was killed in a confrontation with SWAT officers Saturday night. Police were called to a home in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where suspect Monroe Isadore was. "When they arrived, they were able to determine that an aggravated assault had occurred against two people at the residence," Lt. David E. Price, a Pine Bluff police spokesman, said in a statement.
  • SWAT team shoots and kills 107 year old man in standoff

    09/07/2013 10:16:02 PM PDT · by Arkansas Toothpick · 60 replies ^ | September 8, 2013 | Jeannette Reyes
    PINE BLUFF (KATV) - A stand-off on Saturday left one man dead. S.W.A.T. Officers shot and killed the suspect after a standoff at a Pine Bluff home. Lt. David Price told channel 7 that when officers arrived at the home they learned that an aggravated assault had occurred against two people. The suspect, Monroe Isadore, who authorities say is 107-year-old old, pointed a weapon at them. Authorities asked the two victims to leave the home and walked up to the bedroom door where Isadore was supposed to be. When officers identified themselves to the suspect he shot at them through...
  • Military Style Raid to check the water…what did you think the Federal Gov was going to use that

    09/07/2013 7:56:57 PM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies ^ | 6 September, 2013 | bulletsfirst
    Chicken Alaska…no, it’s not some savory culinary dish a la chicken alexander but rather a small gold mining town with a population of 17.The members of this town were treated to a rather rude awakening when their little slice of the last frontier was descended upon by a cavalcade of Federal and State agencies.  Or more accurately, the Federal Agencies descended while bringing on some token State agencies in order to make it look less like an invasion and subjugation of state sovereignty.This raid, in which the agencies involved (10) nearly outnumbered the residents of the town (17) is somehow...
  • Gold miners in remote Alaska town want answers after task force storms in

    09/05/2013 5:20:58 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 75 replies ^ | 9/5/2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Some miners in Alaska want the feds to start digging for answers. A task force including members of 10 state and federal law enforcement agencies descended on a gold mine in the tiny town of Chicken (pop. 17) last month, in what locals described as a raid. “Imagine coming up to your diggings, only to see agents swarming over it like ants, wearing full body armor, with jackets that say "POLICE" emblazoned on them, and all packing side arms,” gold miner C.R. Hammond told the Alaska Dispatch. “How would you have felt? You would be wondering, ‘My God, what have...
  • How did America’s police become a military force on the streets?

    08/28/2013 10:59:26 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 17 replies
    ABA Journal ^ | 1JUL2013 | Radley Balko
    Are cops constitutional? In a 2001 article for the Seton Hall Constitutional Law Journal, the legal scholar and civil liberties activist Roger Roots posed just that question. Roots, a fairly radical libertarian, believes that the U.S. Constitution doesn’t allow for police as they exist today. At the very least, he argues, police departments, powers and practices today violate the document’s spirit and intent. “Under the criminal justice model known to the framers, professional police officers were unknown,” Roots writes.
  • Beware warrior cops

    08/28/2013 3:02:44 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 24 replies
    Human Events ^ | August 21, 2013 | John Stossel
    We need police to catch murderers, thieves and con men, and so we give them special power — the power to use force on others. Sadly, today’s police use that power to invade people’s homes over accusations of trivial, nonviolent offenses — and often do it with tanks, battering rams and armor you’d expect on battlefields. In his book “Rise of the Warrior Cop,” Radley Balko recounts the rise of police SWAT teams (SWAT stands for Special Weapons And Tactics) armed with heavy military equipment. SWAT raids began as rarely used methods of dealing with violent situations, like hostage-takings. But...