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Do You Know What Your SWAT Team Is Doing?

January 5, 2015

In this post I will accumulate information on S.W.A.T. (special weapons and tactics) and/or Tactical Teams.

Let’s start here with a report from the Washington Post:

In January 2011, a SWAT team raided the Framingham, Mass., home of 68-year-old Eurie Stamps at around midnight on a drug warrant. Oddly, it had already arrested the subject of the warrant — Stamps’s 20-year-old stepson — outside the house. But because he lived in Stamps’s home, the team went ahead with the raid anyway. When the team encountered Stamps, it instructed him to lie on the floor. He complied. According to the police account, as one officer then moved toward Stamps to check for weapons, he lost his balance and fell. As he fell, his weapon discharged, sending a bullet directly into Stamps’s chest, killing him.

As bad as the story is as written, I visualize the scene and a question comes to mind. When I see Mr. Stamp lay on the floor, I imagine he is on his belly. If you’re lying face down, how do you get shot in the chest?

You can’t get far on this topic before you run into the excellent work of Radley Balko.

From the folks at the Cato Institute a map of Botched Paramilitary Police Raids:

Title: Bruce Lavoie

Type: Death of a nonviolent offender.

State: NH

Description: Police conduct a late-night raid on the Hudson, New Hampshire apartment of unarmed Bruce Lavoie, 35, his wife, and their three children. Police Sergeant Stephen Burke kicks open the Lavoie’s front door with such vigor, his gun accidentally goes off in his hand, waking the Lavoies. When Bruce Lavoie rises from his bed to confront what he thinks are criminal intruders, he is shot and killed in front of his wife and three small children. Police find one marijuana cigarette in Lavoie’s apartment. A subsequent investigation found police in the raid to be “blameless,” though investigators did call the raid a “serious breach of police protocol.” In the end, however, the investigation blamed Lavoie for his own death, concluding that he’d never have been shot had he “obeyed clear and concise commands to get down on the floor.” In 1990, however, a judge ruling on a separate raid found that Hudson police “flagrantly” violated New Hampshire’s state ban on no-knock drug raids, and ensuing newspaper reports found that police in Hudson and nearby communities routinely served drug warrants without first announcing themselves, a violation of state law. The city of Hudson eventually settled with Lavoie’s family for $800,000. Sources: Tom West, “Hudson Police Blameless in Report,” Manchester Union Leader, November 7, 1989. Pat Grossmith, “Police Didn’t Knock First; Judge Rips Hudson Drug Raid. Chiefs Say Ruling Has Little Effect,” Manchester Union Leader, July 31, 1990, p. 1. Pat Grossmith, “Some Police Use No-Knock Search Warrants,” Manchester Union Leader, August 1, 1990, p. 1. Kris Frieswick, “Hudson Will Pay Widow $800,000; Bruce Lavoie Shot During 1989 Drug Raid,” Manchester Union Leader, November 17, 1990, p. 1.

Date: Aug 3, 1989

So, should we have grave concern?

“If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern.”
—Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006.

Of course, if we keep no records on the use of tactical teams we will never see a pattern of violations.

I see Chris King has a piece about Bruce Lavoie, I’ll bet he has a few stories.

More as research continues…

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BikerBill Busted

February 25, 2011

Weare, NH police have ended their six month long hunt for the infamous wiretapping outlaw known as BikerBill. BikerBill had cleverly masked himself as Bill Alleman, a mild mannered resident of Weare. In July of 2010, Bill was threatening public safety while making a phone call. Officer Brian Montplaisir thought he was safely ensconced in his privacy bubble while BikerBill was secretly absorbing air vibrations and redirecting those vibrations to a remotely controlled digital conversion device. The actions of BikerBill caused the officer to suffer damages to his Emotive Grandus Organ (E.G.O.). As in most cases where criminals absorb radiation from public officials the damage to the E.G.O. went unnoticed for a period of time. Exposure to YouTube seems to aggravate the damaged E.G.O. causing irrational behaviour of the victim.

The UnionLeader reports on the arrest and possible connection to a gang known as the Free State Project. BikerBill claims he is not a member of the FSP gang but it is clear that his blog post was intended to irritate the E.G.O.’s of his victims. It is believed that he had made a secret assault on a couple of public servants in Concord as can be seen in this video:

In the aftermath of this assault on governmental privacy the Attorney General’s office is seeking a Federal grant to install new security equipment.

Barry Cooper hits NPR

April 11, 2010

This week on NPR’s This American Life:

Act Two. Taking a Big Pink Eraser to the Thin Blue Line

Michael May tells the story of Barry Cooper, a former crooked narcotics cop who has turned his interest elsewhere… to busting crooked narcotics cops. But after Cooper and a rich benefactor team up to set a trap for the police, Barry’s plans are put in jeopardy- including his dream of creating a reality show called “Kop Busters.” Michael May is the Culture editor at the Texas Observer. You can watch videos of Barry’s police raids at their website. (15 minutes)

The ending seems a little flat as in ‘you can’t fight city hall’ (propaganda phrase). Free Talk Live listeners have more of the background (March 26, March 13) but it does expose the drug war criminals.

Capitalism Is Dead

March 17, 2010

I hate to break the news but it must be said ‘capitalism is dead’. NY State Assemblywoman, Barbara Lifton, tells us “The recession proved capitalism failed’.

Ithaca Times announcement.

Capitalism Has Failed

I just don’t understand why we didn’t abandon capitalism when it failed us in 1929. We should have tried something a little more socially secure.

Of course, the real problem is ‘legal tender’. It has such a nice name, it’s legal and it’s tender; it’s hard to believe that something with a name like that can be so immoral. The only reason it is ‘legal’ is that nine men in black dresses can benefit from the scheme. And ‘tender’ it is not! It is simply theft. By forcing people to use the money of the Federal Reserve, the bankers are in position to manipulate the economy at their will. We are at the whim of the bankers and the politicians are their puppets.

Capitalism hasn’t failed it’s just gone into hiding, it will return when we’ve had enough of the banker’s manipulations.

Trillions

March 11, 2010

Our government has gotten us accustom to budgets and spending in trillions. I’ve seen graphics that try to show dollar bills (FRaud Notes) stacked like sky scrapers, impressive but lacking. I ran across a piece of information about javascript code which counts time in milliseconds based from 1970. Seconds of time are nice little units we’re pretty familiar with, one Mississippi, two Mississippi …. So, I was born back in 1958; how many trillion seconds have passed since I was born?

60 seconds = minute

3600 seconds = hour

86,400 seconds = day

31,557,600 seconds = year: That’s 31.5576 million seconds in a year.

1,640,995,200 seconds = 52 years: Well heck, I’m a mere 1.6 billion seconds old.

3,155,760,000 seconds = century

31,557,600,000 seconds = millennium

63,430,776,000 seconds = 2010 AD give or take a little

1,000,000,000,000 seconds = 31,688 years

I guess it’s a good thing we have bookkeeping to create ‘dollars’. I wonder how many forests it would take to keep that many bills in circulation?

The War on Drugs

February 24, 2010

The Ithaca Journal report doesn’t mention whether any drugs were harmed in Ithaca on Tuesday, but one life was lost and many others damaged.  When police attempted to serve a search warrant, Shawn Greenwood tried to flee the scene. It appears that an officer stood or got into the path of Greenwood’s car and was knocked down. Another officer or possibly more fired into the car killing Greenwood.

Ithaca police officers, Dryden Police officers and Tompkins County sheriff’s deputies working with the state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team were trying to serve a search warrant on the man’s car in the grocery parking lot about 5 p.m., Ithaca police officials said.

The officers had a search warrant on the car. This calls into question why they chose that time and place to execute the warrant. The answer would likely be they wanted Greenwood also.

When they approached the man’s car, indentified themselves and attempted to arrest him, he “physically resisted arrest and drove the vehicle over a curb, striking a police officer with the front of his vehicle,” according to a statement from Tompkins County District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson.

Did they have an arrest warrant for Greenwood? I’ll guess here that they wanted him in the car so that they could attach possession to him for anything they found in the car.

The officer fell to the ground directly in the path of the vehicle, which continued to accelerate toward him, and acting upon belief that the police officer’s life was in danger, an Ithaca police officer fired his weapon. The suspect was struck by one or more rounds, according to the statement.

Now when it comes to stopping cars standing in front of it is not the smartest way to go. Shooting the driver of a car that is about to run over someone standing in front of it might stop the operator from breathing but you’re left with an uncontrolled car.

The comments section of the Ithaca Journal story has quickly filled with a battle between “Law and Order” types and “Race Card” users. The  “Law and Order” types won’t stop for a second to see the irrationality of the war on drugs. While I have no idea of the racial feelings of the officers involved, the “War on Drugs” is without a doubt an assault on young black men.

In the end we have one man dead with a family and friends in mourning; police officers dealing with the repercussions of their actions; a divided community pointing fingers and taxpayers picking up the tab for the fallout, all because government declares what you may or may not put in your body even though you harm no one in the process.

The “War on Drugs” is a war that will never be won and causes more damage than the drugs themselves. Let’s end it.

Public Wealth

February 5, 2010

Here is a scan of a letter to the editor from the Post-Standard of Syracuse, NY. If I had just retyped it who would believe this was printed in the good old US of A. The message is clear; without government we would all starve and ride donkeys.

A letter to the editor claiming government theft creates wealth.

LTE Post-Standard of Syracuse

Warren Redlich for Governor of New York

February 2, 2010

Gubernatorial Candidate Challenges New York Establishment

Albany lawyer Warren Redlich anounced his candidacy for New York governor on Monday, Feb. 1st at 10am in the Legislative Correspondents Association Press Room in the Legislative Office Building.

I’m glad to hear Warren Redlich has decided to run for Governor of New York. It sounds like he has been convinced that support is in place for his campaign. I’m sure he will attract a lot of support from Tea Party activist looking for real small government candidates.

Sunshine or Bullsh!t

January 7, 2010

Thanks to Lew Rockwell. Sure, open honest public government just like Bush, Clinton, Bush and on and on. The oligarchy will promise you everything and delivery to you tasty crumbs. Thank you sir may I have another.

Liberty for the New Year

January 3, 2010

The New Year has kicked off with a couple of encouraging announcements of Liberty minded people entering the political ring. On New Year’s day Logan Bell took to the cold snowy Ithaca Commons to announce his intention to run for Congress in the 24th district of New York. I was pleased to meet Logan and listen to his message of courage and liberty. I look forward to hearing more from him in the near future and hope he will be able to attend our Campaign for Liberty Meetup on Jan. 10th. He is off to a good start with coverage by the Ithaca Journal and Livingindryden.org. I certainly wish him well covering this large Gerrymandered congressional district.

Liberty lovers also have a possible candidate for Governor. Thanks to Rich Cooper for his Ground Report article covering Warren Redlich’s intention to run for Governor of New York. Warren has a long history in the struggle for liberty and access to the ballot for parties outside the oligarchy. As people become aware of our one party system, the Dem/Rep con job will lose support and their bogus divisive issues will lose traction. Well, that’s my dream. Good luck Warren.