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  • (IN State) Supreme Court Reaffirms Ruling In Officer Resistance Case

    09/20/2011 12:41:36 PM PDT · by FunkyZero · 128 replies ^ | 12:49 pm EDT September 20, 2011 | WRTV
    INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday reaffirmed its earlier ruling in a controversial case involving unlawful police entry. The court granted a rehearing, then supplied a five-page opinion on its May 12 opinion that declared that Hoosiers no longer had a legal right to resist police officers who enter their home without a legal basis to do so.
  • Does SWAT Need to Be Explained?

    09/13/2011 12:18:02 PM PDT · by Immerito · 37 replies
    Tactical Response ^ | September 2011 | Ed Sanow
    Does SWAT Need to Be Explained? Written by Ed Sanow I get frustrated with the educational sessions at chief’s conferences on SWAT. The attendees are treated like kindergarten kids. “There are some vewy, vewy bad people out there. They won’t do what the nice police officers tell them. So, sometimes, those nice police officers need help from ‘special’ police officers.” You got to be kidding me! Some 90% of agencies serving populations of more than 50,000 people, and 70% of agencies serving smaller populations have some kind of SWAT team. Yet, SWAT has to be explained like it is something...
  • SWAT team cleared in Framingham shooting

    09/03/2011 10:15:54 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 69 replies ^ | 01 Sept 2011 | Danielle Ameden
    The Framingham Police SWAT Team accidentally shot and killed a grandfather during a drug raid this year. The MetroWest Daily News reports that an independent review has cleared officers of any wrongdoing. Eurie Stamps Sr., 68, was shot while lying face down on the floor during a raid on Jan. 5. A SWAT officer was moving to restrain someone else, when he lost his balance and accidentally shot his rifle, hitting and killing Stamps. The MetroWest Daily News says the report criticized the SWAT team, but found that they were well-trained in their right to have the safeties on their...
  • Emergency Prank Draws Sheriff's Deputies to Unsuspecting Brandon Family (New Prank - 'Swatting')

    08/20/2011 5:50:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | Saturday, August 20, 2011 | Robbyn Mitchell
    Debora Marshall wasn't sure what she was witnessing. She came home from work to find sheriff's cruisers blocking streets in her sleepy Timber Pond subdivision. Deputies with guns drawn and bulletproof vests surrounded her house. "They had it blocked off at both ends. I thought a murderer was on the loose," she said. So did the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Authorities thought her son had killed her. "My son was home and clueless," Marshall said. "I was at work, and all my neighbors thought I was dead." In what appears to be the first incident of its kind in Hillsborough...
  • SWAT Team Busts Through Door Searching for Drugs, No Arrests Made

    08/20/2011 8:32:26 AM PDT · by Immerito · 35 replies
    KCRG ^ | Aug 12, 2010 | Jeff Raasch
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Police in SWAT gear busted through a door and searched a Cedar Rapids home for drugs Thursday morning, but came up empty. At least 12 officers surprised the tenants at 1135 33rdSt. NE when they arrived around 7 a.m. with a narcotics search warrant. Sgt. Cristy Hamblin, a police spokeswoman, later confirmed that nothing was seized from the house. No one was taken to jail, but the tenants of the house, Justin Davis, 28, and his girlfriend, Erica Lewis, 26, were charged with disorderly house and signed a promise to appear in court, police said. No...
  • Man Cited After SWAT Team Raids Cedar Rapids Home

    08/20/2011 8:24:46 AM PDT · by Immerito · 26 replies
    KCRG ^ | August 19, 2011 | Unknown
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Residents in a Cedar Rapids home woke up to a SWAT team. Police in SWAT gear entered the home on 5th AVE SE, to search the home for narcotics. Police said that there were no drugs inside the house but there was evidence of drug use. 23-year-old Jose Perry was cited for a disorderly house. Perry signed a promise to appear in court and was not taken to jail.
  • Attorney Representing Vanessa Guerena Files $20 Million Dollar Claim in Tucson

    08/12/2011 11:58:58 PM PDT · by chulaivn66 · 24 replies
    KOLD TV 13 TUCSON, AZ ^ | 08/12/2011 | chulaivn66
    The attorney representing Vanessa Guerena filed a twenty-million dollar lawsuit today naming all of the agencies whose members participated in the SWAT raid, Pima County and the several agencies employing them and Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. See the filing PDF link at KOLD.COM for the listing of names and agencies involved in the filing. Chris Scileppi, the attorney called the raid needless and in a report shown on KOLD TV channel 13 Tucson, a tape ran showing Mrs. Guerena at the door of the home, approached by SWAT members and dragged from the doorway across the gravel front yard after tripping...
  • Standoff Suspect In Custody After Chase, Fight With Officer (Indianapolis)

    08/08/2011 7:28:08 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 7 replies
    INDIANAPOLIS -- A man who barricaded himself in a hotel on Indianapolis' northeast side after running from police and injuring an officer was taken into custody Monday evening, police said. An officer tried to stop a black Mercedes Benz in the 4300 block of North Franklin Road just after 3 p.m., but the driver refused to stop, police said. The officer chased the vehicle, reaching speeds of 100 mph, into the parking lot of the Value Place hotel in the 9500 block of Pendleton Pike, where the Mercedes crashed into a flatbed trailer, police said...
  • No arrests 3 months after killing by SWAT

    08/05/2011 10:16:16 AM PDT · by petitfour · 19 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 8/5/2011 | Fernanda Echavarri
    No arrests have been made in the three months since Jose Guerena was killed by a SWAT team during a raid of his home that officials said was part of a complex drug-trafficking investigation involving numerous people. Stolen cars, drugs, cash and weapons were found in another one of the four houses raided that May 5 morning, but Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said no one has been arrested because an ongoing homicide investigation tied to this case is "much bigger." "We could go out and make some arrests today, and we could've made some arrests some time ago, but we have...
  • Police decision to shoot dog questioned

    07/28/2011 2:24:31 PM PDT · by Immerito · 70 replies
    ABC Local ^ | May 23, 2011 | Kelli O'Hara
    DURHAM (WTVD) -- Did a member of a Durham police SWAT team go too far when he shot and killed a dog during a raid in April? Some say it was unnecessary force. ABC11 cameras captured the incident at a home on Dunstan Avenue April 12. Officers were looking for Pete Moses and Vania Sisk. According to search warrants, Moses is a suspect in the disappearance of a woman and a 5-year-old boy. Sisk is the boy's mother.
  • House found empty after 7-hour standoff

    07/26/2011 8:59:32 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 10 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | July 26, 2011 | Eva Ruth Moravec and Jessica Kwong
    After a seven-hour standoff Monday, the San Antonio SWAT team entered a house in the 100 block of Harvard Street, on the near West Side, to find it empty. After witnesses told police that a man had barricaded himself in the house after a disturbance there and that he was armed and appeared intoxicated, police closed nearby streets in the University Park neighborhood. A woman who was in the house was assaulted by the man but got out safely, police said. Several calls for family disturbances had been recorded at that address, police said. The man, later identified as Franklin...

    07/15/2011 12:02:30 PM PDT · by Tucson_AZ · 17 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | Jul 15, 2011 | Sonoran Alliance
    The Pima County Republican Central Committee collected petition signatures so that they can hold a special meeting. In order to address concerns that the Central Committee intended to use the meeting to remove current chairman, Brian Miller, from office, members of the Central Committee, and their associates, lie at Legislative District meetings in order to fraudulently induce precinct committeemen to sign their petitions.
  • 'State of emergency' in 'Nazi'-cop town

    07/11/2011 7:17:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 10, 2011 | July 10, 2011
    The Arizona town that's become a YouTube sensation for its police department hauling away a woman speaking at a town-hall meeting declared a state of emergency this afternoon, leaving many local residents in fear of what officers dressed in full riot gear might do. Jennifer "Jade" Jones, 45, the woman forcibly removed by police from a recent public meeting in Quartzsite, Ariz., despite the vocal objections of the mayor, says an illegal secret meeting was held today with the public locked out of the building. "About noon today, the town council, at the request of the police chief, declared an...
  • Police raid wrong house in Struthers in drug sweep

    07/09/2011 10:19:08 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 81 replies
    Cops mistakenly converge on wrong home in Struthers By John W. Goodwin Jr. YOUNGSTOWN A case of mistaken identity nearly roped a Struthers family into one of the largest drug sweeps in the area this year. Doreen Fox of Lewis Street, Struthers, was home with her 30-year-old son Wednesday morning preparing to leave for a doctor’s appointment when she noticed movement outside the home. She opened the front door to a flood of local and federal police. “They [police] were in my front yard, my rear yard; they had my house surrounded. When I opened the door to see...
  • Pima County, AZ GOP melt-down

    07/07/2011 1:46:33 PM PDT · by Tucson_AZ · 14 replies
    Tucson Weekly ^ | July 7, 2011 | Jonathan Hoffman
    Guest Commentary: "Pima Republicans should be standing behind Brian Miller regarding Jose Guerena, not throwing him under the bus" After a 20-month investigation, the Pima County Sheriff's Department simultaneously served search warrants at four residences of people who were suspected of possessing items used to distribute and sell illegal drugs. One of the residences was the home of Jose and Vanessa Guerena. Jose bled to death on the floor of his home, in front of his wife and 4-year-old son, after being shot by law-enforcement officers. No drug equipment was found, nor was anything else illegal located. I'm sorry, I...
  • Stolen assault rifle found in home of ex-Marine killed by SWAT

    06/23/2011 8:58:10 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 114 replies ^ | 23 June 2011 | Mindy Blake
    Tucson Police confirm that a weapon they found in Jose Guerena's home had been stolen in 2008. SWAT officers killed Guerena in his southwest side home last month when they went to serve a search warrant. Investigators say Guerena pointed an assault rifle at officers when they went in the house.
  • TSA Now Storming Public Places 8,000 Times a Year

    06/20/2011 10:38:18 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 96 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6/20/11 | Tara Servatius
    Americans must to decide if, in the name of homeland security, they are willing to allow TSA operatives to storm public places in their communities with no warning, pat them down, and search their bags. And they better decide quickly. Bus travelers were shocked when jackbooted TSA officers in black SWAT-style uniforms descended unannounced upon the Tampa Greyhound bus station in April with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and federal bureaucrats in tow. A news report by ABC Action News in Tampa showed passengers being given the signature pat downs Americans are used to watching the Transportation Security...
  • Lawmaker Seeks More Transparency for SWAT Team Raids

    06/20/2011 10:09:39 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/20/2011 | Ken Braun
    The part-time mayor of an upper middle class Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C. found himself and his mother-in-law handcuffed in his own home by a Prince George’s County SWAT team one July evening three years ago. His two black Labrador retrievers had been shot dead, the second one from behind as it fled the officers who had broken into the home in a ‘no knock’ raid as part of a drug investigation. Five months later, Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo and his entire family had been cleared of all wrongdoing and suspicion, but the county police were still refusing to...
  • Morning Poll: Were Pima County SWAT Officers Justified in Shooting at Ex-Marine -- 71 Times

    06/16/2011 10:47:39 AM PDT · by NoNAIS · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Phoenix NewsTimes ^ | July 16, 2011 | James King
    We want to know what you think: were SWAT officers justified in shooting Guerena?
  • Michael Silence: Raid over loan chided

    06/16/2011 8:44:51 AM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 20 replies
    Knox News ^ | June 12, 2011 | Michael Silence
    Sometimes big deals get little play, unless you follow social media. It seems some federal agents last week broke down a California man's door and removed him and his three children, ages 3, 7 and 11. According to News10/KXTV in Stockton, Calif., a SWAT team around 6 a.m. Tuesday broke down Kenneth Wright's door, removed him and his children, and searched the house. As it turns out, according to the report, they were from the U.S. Department of Education attempting to collect on his wife's defaulted student loan. "The U.S. Department of Education issued the search and called in the...