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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...
  • Arizona SWAT Team Cleared in Former Marine's Killing

    06/14/2011 7:47:24 PM PDT · by sigzero · 102 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 14, 2011 | DEAN SCHABNER
    The SWAT team that gunned down a former Marine in his Tucson, Ariz., home was cleared today of any wrongdoing in the incident. Jose Guerena, 26, was killed in a hail of bullets from the SWAT team, which broke down the door to his home on May 5 while trying to serve a search warrant as part of a home invasion probe. Guerena did not fire a single shot in the incident, but Pima County Chief Criminal Deputy Attorney David Berkman said in the report issued today that the five SWAT team members were justified in using deadly force because...
  • Probe clears 5 SWAT-raid officers

    06/14/2011 6:32:12 PM PDT · by freedomwarrior998 · 285 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 6-14-2011 | Fernanda Echavarri
    The five SWAT officers who shot and killed 26-year-old Jose Guerena while serving a search warrant May 5 have been cleared of any wrongdoing. The Pima County Regional SWAT team members -from four law enforcement agencies in the county - were justified in using deadly force against Guerena, according to an investigation by the Pima County Attorney's Office.
  • SWAT Team Mania: The War Against the American Citizen

    06/14/2011 4:17:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 116 replies ^ | 13 June, 2011 | John W. Whitehead
    “He [a federal agent] had his knee on my back and I had no idea why they were there.”--Anthony Wright, victim of a Dept. of Education SWAT team raid The militarization of American police--no doubt a blowback effect of the military empire--has become an unfortunate part of American life. In fact, it says something about our reliance on the military that federal agencies having nothing whatsoever to do with national defense now see the need for their own paramilitary units. Among those federal agencies laying claim to their own law enforcement divisions are the State Department, Department of Education, Department...
  • SWAT Use – There’s Something Happening Here…

    06/13/2011 5:30:04 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 30 replies
    A dear friend of mine described the horrific scene at her daughter’s home when a SWAT team emerged – based on a false report. A portion of the story is documented here: "On Tuesday, June 7, 2011, a West Virginia family sat in their living room watching “Deadliest Catch” when a very loud thump was heard at their front door. The children, as previously trained by their parents, immediately fled to their designated safe spot. The young children knew something was very wrong when they heard a sound like that at their front door at that time of night. When...
  • THE EDITOR'S COLUMN: America, what is happening here?

    06/12/2011 11:04:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Morning Journal ^ | 6/12/11 | Tom Skoch, Editor
    HERE’S a story that is so screwy it sounds like a script from “The Simpsons,” but it’s real, and it’s about our federal government at work. That’s what makes it so scary. At 6 a.m. last Tuesday, a good citizen, Kenneth Wright of Stockton, Calif., was awakened by the clamor of about 15 armed SWAT team members breaking through the front door of his house. Wearing only his boxer shorts as he came downstairs, Wright was grabbed by the neck and put down on his lawn with an officer’s knee on his back. His kids, ages 3, 7, and 11...
  • Feds Raid Home Seeking Student Loan Repayment

    06/12/2011 3:18:23 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 20 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 11 June 2011 | John Semmens
    A federal SWAT operation kicked down the doors of Kenneth Wright’s home in a 6 A.M. raid because his wife, who no longer lives at the residence, failed to repay her student loan. Wright, who had been sleeping, was dragged out of the house in his underwear, thrown face down on the front lawn and held at gunpoint. His three children were not harmed. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan defended the harsh tactics. “Too many people are defaulting on their student loans,” Duncan pointed out. “The old system of pursuing collections through the courts may have been the only alternative...
  • Defend the castle!

    06/10/2011 6:28:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 49 replies ^ | 8 June, 2011 | Oleg Volk
    Recently, police have been involved in what looks like murder in the course of home invasion and murder with intimidation of witnesses and press. At this rate, I expect the distinction between the ordinary Ordnungspolizei and Einsatzgruppen to become insignificant. As the experience with Minneapolis home invaders indicates, birdshot is not sufficient against armored opponents. At least two good hits were scored by the defender with minimal effect. The perpetrators were decorated by the police department even though they wrongdoing and settled the case at the cost to the taxpayers of over $600K. At least in this case the victims...
  • Today I Learned The Department of Education Has a Police Force

    06/10/2011 1:52:30 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 17 replies
    Honestly, the first thing that comes to mind when I think “Department of Education” is No Child Left Behind, followed by a lot of trouble coming up with what else the DOE actually does in the government. Never in my life would I have thought that it contains its own set of federal agents that apparently have the power to raid people’s homes. Yet, that’s what happened on Tuesday morning, as a California man woke to find feds from the DOE breaking down his door. And it gets uglier: As Wright came downstairs in his boxer shorts, he said the...
  • 'Unpaid Student Loan' Raid Claim Refuted as Feds Target California Couple in Fraud Probe

    06/10/2011 7:51:40 AM PDT · by freedomwarrior998 · 213 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6-9-11 | Fox News
    A California man who initially claimed to a local television station that he was roughed up by "SWAT team" members who allegedly battered down his front door to execute a search warrant related to his estranged wife's unpaid student loans was targeted due to an ongoing probe into alleged financial aid fraud. Local law enforcement officials have thus far not commented on the Stockton man's claim to ABC News 10/KXTV that he was grabbed by the neck and placed in handcuffs in back of a patrol car for six hours as his three children looked on during execution of the...
  • The Case for SWAT Teams (Mend them, don't end them.)

    06/09/2011 10:11:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 8, 2011 | Mike McDaniel
    It’s a difficult time to defend SWAT teams. On May 5, 2011, during the morning hours, a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department (Tucson, AZ) raided the home of Jose Guerena, his wife Vanessa, and their four-year-old son. Guerena, 26, a Marine veteran of two combat tours, worked in a nearby copper mine. Vanessa, seeing armed men in their yard, warned Jose, who sent her and their son to hide in a closet. Taking up his AR-15 rifle, Jose waited in a hallway, ready to defend his family. Within minutes, despite never taking his...
  • SWAT team launch dawn raid on family home to collect unpaid student loans [O's Dept of Education]

    06/08/2011 4:35:31 PM PDT · by grundle · 78 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 8, 2011
    A father was dragged from his home and handcuffed in front of his children by a SWAT team looking for his estranged wife - to collect her unpaid student loans. A stunned Kenneth Wright had his front door kicked in by the raiding party at 6 am yesterday before being dragged onto his front porch, handcuffed and led to a police car with his three children. He says he was then detained for six hours while officers looked for his wife - who no longer lives at the house. Mr Wright was later told by Stockton police that the order...
  • SWAT Team Raids Man's Home Over Student Loans

    06/08/2011 8:54:30 AM PDT · by RIghtwardHo · 92 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 6-8-2011 | RightwardHo
    "Kenneth Wright does not have a criminal record and he had no reason to believe a S.W.A.T team would be breaking down his door at 6 a.m. on Tuesday."
  • title:Video: SWAT team raids house over … unpaid student loans

    06/08/2011 10:52:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 06/08/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Via JWF and Reason, we now present this instructional video from the Department of Education. Now that the government has for all practical pruposes nationalized the student-loan industry, the DoE would like to educate recipients on new loan-collection processes. The banks used to send bill collectors and file claims in court, but the Obama administration doesn’t like those kind of harsh private-sector measures to retrieve lost capital. Instead, they’ll send a SWAT team to kick in your door and frighten your children — even if you don’t live with them anymore: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Kenneth Wright does...
  • Picture Gallery: Guerena SWAT raid shooting scene photos

    06/08/2011 1:02:48 PM PDT · by petitfour · 20 replies
    KGUN9 ^ | 6/8/2011 | Forrest Carr
    KGUN9 News viewers have been requesting more information about the scene of the May 5 SWAT shooting that killed former U.S. Marine Jose Guerena. Some have asked whether any drawings exist to show what happened in the house where the raid took place. Investigators have not released any drawings, but crime scene photographs issued late last week do give an idea of what happened. The picture gallery above provides highlights from more than a thousand photos that investigators have released to the media so far. According to the raid video and to testimony contained in various documents made public so...
  • Dept. of Education breaks down Stockton man's door

    06/08/2011 6:02:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 176 replies
    News10 | 6/8/11 | Leigh Paynter
    Gannett. Link only per FR posting rules. Link here.
  • Fatal SWAT raid: just-released autopsy details Guerena's wounds

    06/06/2011 2:10:29 PM PDT · by petitfour · 76 replies
    KGUN9 ^ | 6/6/2011 | Forrest Carr
    TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Pima County Medical Examiner has released the official autopsy report on the death of Jose Guerena, the 26-year-old former U.S. Marine who was shot to death in a SWAT raid on May 5. The report confirms what a spokesman previously said to KGUN9 News by phone, that Guerena's body had 22 bullet entrance wounds. The report also shows that Guerena had many exit wounds as well. There were no drugs in his system. The autopsy lists the manner of death as "homicide" caused by "multiple gunshot wounds." In the case of a Medical Examiner's report, this...
  • Autopsy reports released in deadly Tucson SWAT shooting

    06/06/2011 2:03:15 PM PDT · by petitfour · 34 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 6/6/2011 | Fernanda Echavarri
    The 26-year-old man shot and killed by a SWAT team during a raid last month was struck 22 times and a toxicology exam showed there were no traces of drugs in his blood at the time of death, according to an autopsy report released Monday. SWAT officers fired 71 rounds at Jose Guerena from the doorway of his home while serving a search warrant the morning of May 5, officials from Pima County Sheriff’s Department have said. Less than a third of those shots hit Guerena, leaving some 49 rounds passing through walls and some hitting nearby homes, according to...
  • SWAT: We said, 'Open up' at least twice

    06/04/2011 11:23:17 AM PDT · by petitfour · 151 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 6/4/2011 | Jamar Younger
    The SWAT officers who shot and killed a man while serving a search warrant last month gave at least two commands for someone to open the door before knocking it open, according to documents released Friday. The officers told investigators that, upon opening the door, they saw a man appear in the hallway holding a rifle before they saw what they thought were muzzle flashes from his gun. It was later determined Jose Guerena's rifle was on safety and he didn't fire at the officers. The Pima County Sheriff's Department released hundreds of evidence photos and transcribed interviews with the...
  • Pima County sheriff releases Guerena search warrant documents

    06/03/2011 12:33:11 PM PDT · by Fido969 · 40 replies ^ | June 3, 2011 | Fox11AZ
    Thursday they released hundreds of pages of search warrant documents, with a few lines redacted, but giving a much clearer picture of what led authorities to the Guerena home.
  • Records: Guerena's brother was center of drug-trafficking probe

    06/03/2011 8:06:45 AM PDT · by petitfour · 81 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 6/3/2011 | Fernanda Echavarri
    The older brother of the man shot and killed during a SWAT raid last month was the primary focus of a long-term drug-trafficking investigation, records released Thursday show. Jose Guerena and an assortment of relatives and acquaintances are mentioned in a report that chronicles a probe that stretched over two years of a suspected drug-trafficking ring in which several people appeared to have no source of income - except for monthly welfare checks several people named in the reports received - to account for their expensive cars and properties, the records released under a court order indicate. The Pima County...
  • Should PCSD reconsider their policy in deciding whether to use a SWAT team when executing <snip>?

    06/02/2011 3:30:21 PM PDT · by AZ .44 MAG · 22 replies · 1+ views
    KGUN 9 TV ^ | 6-2-2011 | KGUN 9 TV
    Poll asks if Pima County Sheriff's Department should reconsider using SWAT team to execute search warrants.
  • SWAT raid draws criticism of Sheriff Dupnik

    06/01/2011 9:35:19 PM PDT · by Jim 726 · 22 replies
    TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – The raid on former Marine Jose Guerena's home has garnered national and international attention, raising numerous questions about excessive force and proper SWAT protocol, with Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik at the center on an increasingly heated and political debate. The Pima County Sheriff's Department released limited information on the debate, including yielding hundreds of documents, granting an interview with a lieutenant and raw video on the raid. Meanwhile, Dupnik has refused interviews, citing the need to maintain the integrity of the investigation. However, the raw video has not quelled the debate over the SWAT raid or...
  • The Guerena Shooting: Initial Analysis

    06/01/2011 6:18:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 85 replies
    The Confederate Yankee ^ | 28 May, 2011 | MikeM
    The Guerena Shooting: Initial Analysis As regular readers know, I’m a USAF veteran (I was a security police officer in SAC during the cold war) and have extensive civilian police service, including SWAT duty. I have been writing on the Erik Scott case In Las Vegas since August of 2010. Those extensive posts are available in our Erik Scott archive. The Jose Guerena shooting, which took place on May 5, is similar in many ways. My co-blogger, Bob’s May 25 story on the Pajamas Media site (here) has stimulated considerable interest in the story on the Net. What I’ve yet...
  • Dupnik: Raid stemmed from 20-mo. probe

    06/01/2011 1:06:37 AM PDT · by petitfour · 76 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 6/1/2011 | Fernanda Echavarri
    The man killed in a SWAT team raid last month had been under investigation by the Pima County Sheriff's Department for 20 months as part of a major drug and homicide investigation, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said Tuesday during an editorial meeting with the Star. But details of the investigation into Jose Guerena's activities won't be released because an informant for the Sheriff's Department could be in danger, Dupnik said. "There's a chance that our informant is going to get killed," he said. Guerena was killed when SWAT officers fired 71 rounds from the front door of his home in the...
  • Judge postpones ruling of warrant unsealing in fatal SWAT shooting

    05/31/2011 7:26:05 PM PDT · by petitfour · 10 replies
    KGUN9 ^ | 5/31/2011 | Ina Ronquillo
    TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Pima County Superior Court Judge Deborah Bernini has postponed her decision on the warrant unsealing in the fatal SWAT shooting death case that left Jose Guerena, 26, dead. Judge Bernini said during a hearing Tuesday afternoon that she needs to meet with Pima County Sheriff's Investigators to discuss why the records should remain sealed since information has already been released in the case. Mike Storie, attorney for Pima County SWAT and Christopher Scileppi, attorney representing the Guerena family have already spoken publicly about the case. Judge Bernini hopes to have her final ruling made by the end...
  • Man killed in SWAT raid was under investigation 20 months, sheriff says

    05/31/2011 7:06:41 PM PDT · by petitfour · 86 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 5/31/2011 | Fernanda Echavarri
    The man killed in a SWAT team raid last month had been under investigation by The Pima County Sheriff’s Department for 20 months as part of a major drug and homicide investigation, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said Tuesday during an editorial meeting with the Star. But details of the investigation into Jose Guerena’s activities won’t be released because a criminal informant for the sheriff’s department could be in danger, Dupnik said. “There’s a chance that our informant is going to get killed,” he said. Guerena died after SWAT officers fired 71 rounds from the front door of his home in the...
  • Willowick SWAT team called to home [for his own good]

    05/31/2011 2:43:52 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 45 replies · 1+ views
    News-Hearald ^ | 31 May 2011 | Tracey Read
    Willowick police responded this morning to a SWAT situation at a home in the 200 block of East 330th Street. A woman called officers at 2:20 a.m. saying she had a disagreement with her boyfriend, who had walked to his home nearby. “He kind of indicated to her that he was going to kill himself with a gun,” Willowick Police Chief Michael Lazor said. “He had a CCW permit and his girlfriend thought he had assault weapons. There was concern he might be suicidal.” Around 4:15 a.m., Emergency Response Team negotiators were called out to the scene. Police repeatedly attempted...
  • Group protests SWAT death of Tucson Marine (AZ)

    05/31/2011 6:10:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies ^ | 30 May, 2011 | Associated Press and Jared Dillingham
    TUCSON, Ariz. – The death of a former Marine near Tucson continues to stir controversy. A group spent this Memorial Day protesting the SWAT raid which led to his death. Investigation documents reveal officers seized guns, banking documents and other items from the home but did not find drugs or cash.
  • The Jose Guerena Raid: A Demonstration of Tactical Incompetence

    05/29/2011 7:28:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 169 replies · 1+ views ^ | 27 May, 2011 | Herschel Smith
    Helmet camera footage of the SWAT team raid on the home of Jose Guerena has been released. Bob Owen noticed the same thing I did. One of the team members fell in the doorway upon breaching and entering the home. The video speaks for itself, but by way of summary, let’s observe the following. First, Mr. Guerena’s weapon, contrary to initial accounts by the SWAT team, was never taken off of safety. The team took no shots from him. Second, the team mills around for a while before breaching the home. Third, they don’t form into a stack. Fourth, absurdly,...
  • Pima County SWAT: Guerena wearing ‘boxer briefs’ when shot

    05/29/2011 5:03:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies · 1+ views ^ | 27 May, 2011 | Howard Nemerov
    Are these indications of cover-up, or just poor reporting? Earlier this week, Pima County Sheriff’s Department acknowledgeda SWAT raid where Tucson resident Jose Guerena was shot and killed during a multi-residence search warrant executed for an alleged home invasion ring. Sergeant Bob Krygier, SWAT supervisor, said no SWAT entered the house, but that shooting commenced “about two or three seconds” after breaching the front door. [Page 3, line 39 of PDF document] Officers didn’t enter Guerena’s house until after sending in a robot to determine he was dead. Reportedly, “about $100,000 in cash, marijuana and firearms were seized that morning...