Rochester police and federal agents made a mistake in Charlotte this week that has one woman baffled and frightened. She wants to know how they could mistake her house for one they were supposed to raid in a drug bust.
Simple really, they don’t hire the best and brightest. Tyrannical bureaucrats don’t want enforcers who can think, much less read and tell the difference between the address on the warrant and the house they just arrived at.
How close was this almost a fatal screw up for the ATF as well as the home owner?
“My son had heard me arguing with this man and it was not a voice he’d recognize. My son is a hunter, he put a bullet in the chamber of his gun. They heard that, they yelled down long gun, at that point there he told another ATF agent that was with me, handcuff her and take her out,” Dominicos said.
However the real take away is the following:
“I’m still terrified. It’s almost like a P.T.S.D. experience, you keep hearing things. You think oh my God I hear a door slam, I hear someone pulling into my driveway. I see a light it’s like oh my God are they back?”
That’s the point. Law enforcement and the government want us to live in fear. Their actions exercise the very definition of the word terrorism. The best part of the story though is the discrepancy between the home owners story, which is considerably more believable, and the statement released by police.
No you did not, you put her in cuffs and took her outside until someone bothered to read the house number and street name and noticed it didn’t match the warrant.
Considering this can happen to anyone, anytime, and quite easily can have dire consequences, why is this considered acceptable? Especially since unsurprisingly the bad guys pretend to be cops. At this point it’s better to just let the bullets file and sort it out afterwards. Maybe if cops would knock first and be civil about it this wouldn’t be a problem. If you think the screw ups are rare:
Don’t give me the line about how serving a warrant is dangerous because the majority of warrants served are for non-violent offenses. When the criminal is actually dangerous, they negotiate him to come out to reduce collateral damage. There is the argument about the destruction of evidence, well if we weren’t serving warrants over victimless crimes involving nouns that wouldn’t be a problem now would it?
Even better though, with the consistently increasing use of SWAT teams in unnecessary circumstances, the number of people caught in the middle who are innocent continues to increase. You can not use the service more and expect it to also become more accurate about it’s use, if anything it will become less accurate.
No knocks, like the TSA, need to be done away with. They have both grown since September 11th and it’s eroding and destroying the last semblances of freedom and liberty. The police state is here and we need to put an end to it.
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Because it’s not the job of the swat team to read the warrant or make sure they’re at the right house. If there’s collateral damage, the law-abiding citizen should have just behaved, he had no reason to defend himself.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.