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  • Dangerous prank brings SWAT team down on gamer [SWATTING]

    08/28/2014 2:43:35 PM PDT · by HammerT · 41 replies
    Engadget ^ | 8/28/2014 | Steve Dent
    A Littleton, Colorado, man named Jordan Mathewson was raided by a heavily armed SWAT team thanks to a false shooting and hostage report, and all the chaos was captured on a Twitch game stream (see below). During a Counter-Strike session, Jordan "Kootra" Mathewson -- a founder of The Creatures -- suddenly noticed things around him were amiss. "Uh oh. This isn't good. They're clearing rooms. What in the world, I think we're getting swatted," he says in the video. Luckily, Mathewson stayed calm throughout the ordeal and was released a short time later. On top of invading his offices, police...
  • Sir Robert Peel’s Nine Principles of Policing

    08/19/2014 7:20:32 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4-15-14 | NY TIMES
    Police Commissioner William J. Bratton lists the following guidelines on his blog. There is some doubt among scholars that Sir Robert Peel actually enunciated any of his nine principles himself — some researchers say they were formulated in 1829 by the two first commissioners of London’s Metropolitan Police Department.
  • Shocking SWAT raid captured on helmet cam raises questions (Video)

    08/17/2014 9:56:45 AM PDT · by HammerT · 85 replies
    Liberty unyielding ^ | August 15, 2014 | Michael Dorstewitz
    A terrifying helmet cam video, released to the public Wednesday, depicts a SWAT team executing a search warrant on the home of a 68-year-old woman and her 18-year-old adopted daughter. The video is raising questions of privacy, reasonable force and police due diligence. They had the wrong place. The raid of Louise Milan and daughter Stephanie Milan’s Evansville, Ind. home was accompanied by the sound of shattering glass and multiple flash-bang grenades. It was all due to the Milan’s non-password protected Internet router, according to the Evansville Courier & Press. The raid was prompted by a series of threatening posts...
  • Ferguson violence: Police slammed for 'escalating the situation'

    08/14/2014 4:03:16 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 36 replies
    cnn.com ^ | August 14, 2014 | Josh Levs
    To people on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, and many around the world who watched Wednesday night's violence unfold, it seemed like a scene out of another country. (snip) Some in the military community say the problem is that police are getting the equipment without the same training and rules. "To call this militarization doesn't characterize the military very well," said Josh Weinberg, an Army veteran who focuses on security issues for the Truman Project. "We always were trained in escalation of force." To call this militarization doesn't characterize the military very well. The police apparently "had their weapons up...
  • Missouri Gov Puts Highway Patrol in Charge in Ferguson

    08/14/2014 3:00:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 14, 2014 | Erin McClam
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the state Highway Patrol to take over security in Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb roiled by four nights of unrest over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager. The governor moved after police came under intense criticism for their handling of the protests, including firing tear gas into crowds on Wednesday night and arresting two reporters. Nixon said that Ferguson in recent days looked “a little more like a war zone, and that’s unacceptable.” The head of the Highway Patrol, Capt. Ron Johnson, told reporters: “I understand the anger and fear...
  • Americans Killed by Cops [in ten years] Now Outnumber Americans Killed in Iraq War

    08/07/2014 10:33:58 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 61 replies
    The Free Thought Project ^ | August 7, 2014 | Matt Savoy
    The increase in police brutality in this country is a frightening reality. In the last decade alone the number of people murdered by police has reached 5,000. The number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war, 4489. What went wrong? In the 19070’s SWAT teams were estimated to be used just a few hundred times per year, now we are looking at over 40,000 military style “knock and announce” police raids a year. The police presence in this country is being turned into a military with a clearly defined enemy, anyone who questions the establishment. If we...
  • SWAT unit kills St. Paul family's 2 pit bulls in raid

    07/11/2014 7:35:50 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 22 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-10-14 | Mara H. Gottfried
    An officer believed they were acting in an aggressive manner," said Sgt. Paul Paulos, a St. Paul police spokesman. "He thought he'd be bit or the dogs would bite one of the team members." Perry and her fiance, Larry L. Arman, said the dogs had been sleeping by the front door and did nothing more than bark when police used a ram to break down the door of their home to execute a search warrant. The warrant wasn't publicly available in court as of Thursday. Perry and Arman said it indicated police were looking for marijuana, drug packaging, weighing equipment,...
  • Florida sheriff defends acquisition of surplus MRAP

    07/02/2014 5:59:31 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 74 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 30, 2014
    Florida sheriff defends acquisition of surplus MRAP Published June 30, 2014 Associated Press DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. – A decision by one Panhandle sheriff's office to purchase a military surplus MRAP is being criticized by some residents. The Northwest Florida Daily News reports that the Walton County Sheriff's office bought the mine-resistant and ambush-resistant MRAP for just the $2,500 cost of delivery. Sheriff Mike Adkinson says the heavy-duty vehicle will protect his officers in dangerous situations. But some residents told the newspaper that the military vehicle is an unnecessary show of force in their largely rural county.
  • Barney Fife Meets Delta Force: Hypermilitarized police departments are more dangerous than...

    06/28/2014 10:13:01 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 54 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 27, 2014 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    The Pentagon has donated hundreds of MRAP vehicles to police departments nationwide. Snip: Historians looking back at this period in America’s development will consider it to be profoundly odd that at the exact moment when violent crime hit a 50-year low, the nation’s police departments began to gear up as if the country were expecting invasion — and, on occasion, to behave as if one were underway. The ACLU reported recently that SWAT teams in the United States conduct around 45,000 raids each year, only 7 percent of which have anything whatsoever to do with the hostage situations with...
  • 10 facts on SWATification of America

    06/27/2014 8:37:20 AM PDT · by holymoly · 30 replies
    PressTV (Iran) ^ | Jun 27, 2014 | Michael Snyder,
    The number of SWAT team raids in the United States every year is now more than 25 times higher than it was back in 1980. As America has conducted wars overseas in recent years, our police forces have become increasingly militarized as well. And without a doubt, many of our cities have become much more dangerous places. Thanks to relentless illegal immigration, drug cartels are thriving and there are now at least 1.4 million gang members living in the United States. But there are many that believe that the militarization of our police forces has gone way too far. Almost...
  • Massachusetts SWAT teams claim they’re private corporations, immune from open records laws

    06/26/2014 11:51:06 AM PDT · by maine yankee · 63 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 26 at 10:27 AM | RADLEY BALKO
    As it turns out, a number of SWAT teams in the Bay State are operated by what are called law enforcement councils, or LECs. These LECs are funded by several police agencies in a given geographic area and overseen by an executive board, which is usually made up of police chiefs from member police departments -------------- Some of these LECs have also apparently incorporated as 501(c)(3) organizations. And it’s here that we run into problems. According to the ACLU, the LECs are claiming that the 501(c)(3) status means that they’re private corporations, not government agencies.
  • DHS Ransacks couple's home without explanation, strips woman naked

    06/26/2014 9:43:47 AM PDT · by Altariel · 83 replies
    Police State UsA ^ | June 20, 2014 | Site Staff
    HOMESTEAD, FL — EXCLUSIVE — A Florida couple was traumatized after a dozen heavily armed SWAT agents crashed through their front door, flash-banged their cat, aimed rifles at them and searched their home without explanation. * * * * * The raid took place in the pre-dawn hours of June 10th, 2014. At approximately 6:16 a.m., Kari Edwards and her live-in boyfriend were intruded upon by men dressed in full SWAT gear and wielding rifles. After smashing down the couple’s front door, agents tossed concussion grenades and proceeded into the home. “They busted in like I was a terrorist or...
  • A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old son

    06/25/2014 3:23:38 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 240 replies
    Salon ^ | June 24, 2014 | Alecia Phonesavanh
    After our house burned down in Wisconsin a few months ago, my husband and I packed our four young kids and all our belongings into a gold minivan and drove to my sister-in-law’s place, just outside of Atlanta. On the back windshield, we pasted six stick figures: a dad, a mom, three young girls, and one baby boy. That minivan was sitting in the front driveway of my sister-in-law’s place the night a SWAT team broke in, looking for a small amount of drugs they thought my husband’s nephew had. Some of my kids’ toys were in the front yard,...
  • Has the Dept. of Homeland Security Become America’s Standing Army?

    06/16/2014 2:21:47 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 44 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | June 16, 2014 | John W. Whitehead
    “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”—James Madison “Here [in New Mexico], we are moving more toward a national police force. Homeland Security is involved with a lot of little things around town. Somebody in Washington needs to call a timeout.”—Dan Klein, retired Albuquerque Police Department sergeant If the United States is a police state, then the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is its national police force, with all the brutality, ineptitude and corruption such a role implies. In fact, although the DHS’ governmental bureaucracy may at times appear to be...
  • Horrifying Collateral Damage Inflicted by the War on Drugs

    06/04/2014 12:17:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 120 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    When Alecia Phonesavanh heard her 19-month-old son, Bounkham, screaming, she thought he was simply frightened by the armed men who had burst into the house in the middle of the night. Then she saw the charred remains of the portable playpen where the toddler had been sleeping, and she knew something horrible had happened. Bounkham "Bou Bou" Phonesavanh, who is in a medically induced coma at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, may never wake up. But the appalling injuries he suffered during a police raid in Habersham County, Ga., last week should awaken the country to the moral obscenity that...
  • Governor interested in results of Habersham raid investigation (Toddler flashbanged)

    06/03/2014 5:33:12 PM PDT · by bamahead · 38 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | June 2, 2014 | Steve Visser
    Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday he’s awaiting an investigation of the botched drug raid in Habersham County that left a child on life-support to determine if executive action or state legislation is needed. “Any time you have bad facts like this one, it does give you cause for concern. It’s one of those things that require a thorough investigation … to know what if anything we can learn from it.” Habersham County District Attorney Brian Rickman said he is investigating whether officers violated the law when they used a controversial “no-knock warrant” for a raid on a Cornelia house Wednesday....
  • Sheriff Wants Your Prayers; Target of Warrant Could Be Charged For Injuries to Toddler

    06/02/2014 9:40:48 AM PDT · by Altariel · 93 replies
    Reason.com ^ | May 30, 2014 | Ed Krayewski
    CNN has updates on the story of the Georgia SWAT team that threw a flash bang while executing a no-knock warrant that severely burned a nineteen-month-old baby. Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell says the deputies involved are "devastated" and that they've been called "baby killers" and received threats. "All I can say is pray for the baby, his family and for us," the sheriff told CNN. Terrell has insisted his officers and those of the local police department did nothing wrong and blamed the target of the warrant (not found at the house that was invaded) on the attack on...
  • Drug task force that burned a toddler this week also killed an innocent pastor in 2009

    05/30/2014 2:55:23 PM PDT · by bamahead · 65 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 30, 2014 | Radley Balko
    After Georgia’s Mountain Narcotics Criminal Investigation & Suppression Team burned a toddler with a flashbang grenade during a drug raid on Wednesday, Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell told Access North Georgia: “The person I blame in this whole thing is the person selling the drugs,” Of course, Terrell’s task force didn’t even know there was a child in the home. So it’s hard to argue they “cared” much either, at least not enough to let the kid’s safety trump the safety of the officers... But this same task force has a history: In September 2009, the young pastor Ayers was...
  • Inside the Ring: Directive outlines Obama’s policy to use the military against citizens

    05/28/2014 2:20:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 100 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 28, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    A 2010 Pentagon directive on military support to civilian authorities details what critics say is a troubling policy that envisions the Obama administration’s potential use of military force against Americans. The directive contains noncontroversial provisions on support to civilian fire and emergency services, special events and the domestic use of the Army Corps of Engineers. The troubling aspect of the directive outlines presidential authority for the use of military arms and forces, including unarmed drones, in operations against domestic unrest. “This appears to be the latest step in the administration’s decision to use force within the United States against its...
  • Lumber Union Protectionists Incited SWAT Raid On My Factory, Says Gibson Guitar CEO

    05/28/2014 12:43:15 PM PDT · by Altariel · 37 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 26, 2014 | Forbes Op/Ed
    “Henry. A SWAT team from Homeland Security just raided our factory!” “What? This must be a joke.” “No this is really serious. We got guys with guns, they put all our people out in the parking lot and won’t let us go into the plant.” “Whoa.” “What is happening?” asks Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz when he arrives at his Nashville factory to question the officers. “We can’t tell you.” “What are you talking about, you can’t tell me, you can’t just come in and …” “We have a warrant!” Well, lemme see the warrant.” “We can’t show that to...
  • Florida triple-murder suspect in custody after West Knox motel standoff

    05/27/2014 12:38:06 PM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 10 replies
    Knoxnews ^ | May 27, 2014 | staff
    KNOXVILLE — A Florida man sought in a triple killing was in custody Tuesday afternoon and being treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound after holing up in a West Knoxville motel room, Knox County authorities said. David Eugene Smith, 27, who likes to refer to himself as “Prince David,” called E-911 about 9:25 a.m. Tuesday and declared that he was wanted in connection with the killings of two women and a man near Lakeland, Fla., according to the Polk County, Fla., County Sheriff’s Office.
  • DOJ to Release Federal Weapon Count for First Time in 6 Years

    05/27/2014 7:30:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/26/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    For the first time in six years, the Justice Department is taking inventory of the guns owned by the various federal agencies and will report that number, as well as the number of agents who "carry guns and have the authority to make arrests."
  • Machine Gun-Toting SWAT Team Blindsides Innocent Old Man, PUMMELS Him

    05/19/2014 10:43:02 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 70 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 05/19/2014 | Eric Owens
    A rural northwest Iowa man who suffers from Parkinson’s disease has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that he was brutally pummeled by a SWAT team after a relative made false harassment allegations against him Instead of speaking with the retaliatory relative, the sheriff’s department in Pottawattamie County, Iowa (pop. 92,913) sent close to a dozen members of its SWAT team to the home of John Hytrek. Hytrek, 52, was working on a tractor in his driveway when the heavily armed policemen jumped out of a van. He had previously warned the relative, who sports a prior conviction for uttering false...
  • FAA, Drones Clash on Rules for Unmanned Aircraft (FAA SWAT teams to enforce drone law soon?)

    05/14/2014 5:53:38 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 11, 2014 | Jack Nicas and
    The FAA requires every non-recreational drone user in the U.S. to seek its approval. So far, the FAA has authorized only two commercial drones, both in Alaska. Separately, the agency has fined two drone pilots, both for alleged reckless flying. In March, an administrative law judge overturned the first fine—a $10,000 penalty—ruling that the drone policy was a safety guideline and the agency had no legal authority to enforce it. The FAA is appealing. "Fewer and fewer people seem deterred by threats," said one federal official. "Nobody is asking the FAA how to proceed, so it's turned into a modern...
  • Rep. Chris Stewart: End Federal Agency SWAT Teams

    05/14/2014 6:42:09 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/13/2014 | Rep. Chris Stewart
    We are witnessing the criminalization of America, where any one of us may find our front doors broken down and a SWAT team in camouflage standing in our living rooms. It is also why we may find ourselves under arrest for some innocent action that no reasonable person would think is illegal, like helping an injured bird, getting lost on a snowmobile on federal land, or shipping lobsters in plastic instead of cardboard boxes. And as absolutely absurd as these examples sound, they have all led to federal investigations of private citizens. The militarization of agencies and the criminalization of...
  • Utah lawmaker moves to disarm BLM, IRS, says ‘They’re not paramilitary units’

    04/30/2014 6:40:17 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 31 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 30, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah, concerned about the armed agents that surrounded Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s property, introduced a bill to cut funding for any “paramilitary units” that work for the Bureau of Land Management, the Internal Revenue Service and other federal regulatory agencies. “There are lots of people who are really concerned when the BLM shows up with its own SWAT team,” he said on the House floor on Tuesday, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. “They’re regulatory agencies. They’re not paramilitary units, and I think that concerns a lot of us.”
  • Utah’s Stewart: BLM doesn’t need a ‘SWAT team’

    04/29/2014 4:25:46 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 21 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | April 29, 2014 | By Thomas Burr
    The Bureau of Land Management doesn’t need its own heavily armed police force, Rep. Chris Stewart said Tuesday, referencing the recent standoff between federal agents and a civilian militia siding with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Stewart, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, says he’s going to try and cut funding for any "paramilitary units" and require the BLM, Internal Revenue Service and other regulatory agencies to rely on local law enforcement rather than their own armed crews. "There are lots of people who are really concerned when the BLM shows up with its own SWAT team," the Utah Republican...
  • Reading the Tea Leaves in Johnson County

    04/20/2014 7:33:14 AM PDT · by wildbill · 32 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
    PJMedia.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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. KHOU.com 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 Lives.net ^ | 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,” kbtx.com 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
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/02/the-police-industrialente_n_4372272.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592 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, cklint@ktuu.com 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...