Tag Archive: No Knock Raid


SWAT Team Shot David Hooks At Home After Tip From Meth Addict

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Deputies shot and killed a man inside his Georgia home last month following an apparently bogus tip they received from a confessed meth addict and thief.

  East Dublin resident David Hooks, 59, was killed because, according to Laurens County Sheriff Bill Harrell, he aggressively brandished a gun at the SWAT team that broke in his back door. But Mitchell Shook, a lawyer for Hooks’ widow, contends that the sheriff has misled the public about the shooting and raid, which turned up no drugs.

  The sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant based on a tip from a thief who claimed he had found 20 grams of methamphetamine inside a bag he stole from a vehicle at Hooks’ home, Georgia station WMAZ reports. According to the warrant, Rodney Garrett claimed that he thought the bag was filled with cash but that he later discovered it contained meth. Garrett said that he then turned himself into the sheriff’s office because the drugs made him fear for his safety.

  Garrett, a known drug abuser, also stole a second vehicle, a SUV, from the Hooks home.

  Sheriff’s deputies raided the home without identifying themselves, Shook said, contrary to their claims that they told Hooks they were officers with a search warrant. The sheriff’s office had also said they fired at Hooks for aggressively pointing a gun at them near the back door, but Shook alleges that the deputies blindly shot at Hooks through a wall without knowing who was there.

  When Hooks’ wife saw men in dark clothing heading for their home at 11 p.m. on Sept. 24, she woke up her husband and told him that the thieves who had stolen their SUV were back. Hooks grabbed a gun and headed to the door, according to Shook.

  Deputies shot more than 16 times, Shook said in a statement.

  Authorities searched Hooks’ home for 44 hours, but found no drugs, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Hooks’ family says that he didn’t use drugs or sell them. They say he ran a successful construction company.”

 

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Jury sides With Man Who Fired At Cops After They Forcibly Entered Wrong Home

 

 

 

Brandon Watson

 

 

” After battling authorities for more than a year, a Portsmouth, Virginia, man was handed a verdict of not guilty by a jury who determined that he did not, in fact, act recklessly when he fired a warning shot at officers who attempted to make forcible entry into his home, only to later discover that they had gone to the wrong house.

  The incident, which happened last January, unfolded while Brandon Watson and his wife were watching late-night TV and heard noises coming from the back yard.

“ She said, ‘Oh my gosh, someone is in the backyard,’” Watson told reporters. “The noises got closer and then she heard the clicking of the backdoor handle.”

  At that point Watson ran to grab his gun, which was legally owned.

“ We ran upstairs very quickly,” Watson recalled. “She saw guys in all black.”

  Watson didn’t immediately call 911 because he couldn’t find his cell phone. However, he wasn’t about to let anyone come into his home and possibly harm his family either. So he ran back downstairs, gun in hand.

  Watson called out into the darkness, saying, “Who is that? I have a gun.”

  He received no response, but instead then saw a red laser aimed at his chest.”

 

 

 

So the man did what any law-abiding , self-reliant citizen would do to protect his home and loved ones …

 

 

 

” At the point, still not knowing who was trying to get into his home, Watson fired a warning shot through the window and ran across the street to seek help from his neighbor, a Virginia State Trooper.

  Then things became even more confusing for Watson. As he ran out of his house he was confronted by authorities who told him to drop his weapon. He complied.

“ They said, ‘We just got news you shot at an officer.’ I said, ‘An officer? Nobody came to my door. What do you mean an officer? I didn’t know there were any officers in my backyard,’” he said.

  According to Watson, the cops never announced who they were or why they were there. And the officers, responding to a call from Watson’s neighbor about a possible break-in, had apparently gone to the wrong house.”

 

 

 

     Not only did Mr Watson have the intestinal fortitude to engage in armed conflict in defense of home and hearth , he refused to knuckle under to a judicial system rigged to favor the prosecutors and police and forced a jury trial . The jury is to be commended for making a bold statement with regard to the sanctity of the home and the increasing lawlessness of the “law” .

 

 

 

The judge found Watson guilty, but the matter was far from resolved. Watson appealed the decision and a mistrial was declared by the second judge. Watson then requested a jury trial.

“ This can’t be doing your job. You come in my backyard, try to open my door, open my window and flash red laser beams on my chest because you thought I was the burglar, and I thought you were the burglar,” Watson said.

  And apparently the jury, who deliberated for a total of 47 minutes, agreed.

  In fact, the jury felt Watson actually showed restraint by only firing a single warning shot.”

 

 

 

     That last line is a fabulous statement on individual rights … Mr Watson “showed restraint by only firing a single shot”  … You gotta love it …

 

 

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Baby In Coma After Police ‘Grenade’ Dropped In Crib During Drug Raid

 

 

 

” A Georgia toddler has been put into a medically induced coma after he was badly burned by a police “flash bang” grenade that landed in the crib where the boy was sleeping during a drug raid, his mother told ABC News Friday.

  The raid occurred before dawn Wednesday night in Habersham County while the Phonesavanh family was sleeping.”

 

 

 

“ It was a big flash, a loud bang, a bunch of yelling, and my son screaming,” the boy’s mom, Alecia Phonesavanh, 27, told ABC News.

“ Two of my other girls were next to my husband. There was a member of the SWAT team pinning him down, another man had my son who was screaming and crying,” Phonesavanh said.”

 

 

 

“ At that time I didn’t see his playpen, but I kept telling him to ‘Please just give him to me,’” Phonesavanh said of 19-year-old son Bounkham. “‘He’s just scared.’”

  According to Phonesavanh, authorities reassured her that everything was fine, “‘He’s okay, he’s just fine, there’s nothing wrong with him,’” she recalled through tears.

They lied to me. They kept telling me my son was okay,” she said. “When I saw his playpen I just about threw up. I got really sick, I was so scared.”

“ That picture is enough to traumatize anybody knowing that there was a baby lying there,” Phonesavanh said.”

 

 

 

 

 

” When police raided the house early Wednesday morning, they dropped a “flash bang” which police concede landed and exploded in the child’s portable crib.

It landed in his playpen and exploded on his pillow right in his face,” Phonesavanh told ABC’s Atlanta affiliate, WSB-TV.”

 

 

 

    There is a gofund me account set up to help the parents , who have no insurance , cover the costs of the medical and legal expenses that are sure to be staggering . Give if you can .

Read more on the latest innocent lives destroyed by a no-knock raid .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWAT Raid In Kalamazoo Turns Up Empty-Handed, Frightens Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A SWAT team raids a Kalamazoo family home looking for drugs, but turns up empty handed.

  It happened last Thursday at a house on Southworth Terrace. Two young children were home at the time. Their parents tell us, police made a mistake, and now they’re left to cope with the trauma.

  The family tells Newschannel 3 the man police were looking for, was renting the home nearly a year before they moved in, and they’re upset police didn’t do their homework before busting through their door.

” I thought it was somebody either trying to rob us, or hurt us,” said Jeremy Handley.

  Handley tells us after the KDPS SWAT team busted through his back door, he and his wife Becky were handcuffed and searched.

“He had me sprawl out right here on the floor, and then he had me put my hands behind my back,” said Handley. And Handley’s two children, ran and hid in a bedroom closet.”

 

Another family has been turned upside down by the barbarism of the State . Read on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield Police Ram Down Door Of Wrong Apartment In Search For A Suspect

 

 

Bakersfield No Knock Wrong Address

 

 

 

” Bakersfield Police kicked in the front door of an apartment on Saturday night during a late-night search warrant service.

But the people who live there say they had the wrong address.

  Jessica Walker says she was getting ready to take a bath when police pulled down her security door then use the ram on her front door about 11 p.m.

She said she was still nude from the waist up as police charged in and told her to get on the ground.

After police searched the entire apartment they told her they had the wrong address.”

 

Read more about another family that will never trust the police … Great job , at least they didn’t kill anyone this time .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man Charged With Killing Burleson County Deputy No Billed by Grand Jury

 

 

” A Burleson County Grand Jury declined to indict the man who shot and killed a Burleson County Sheriff’s Deputy who was serving a search warrant in December.

  Investigators were executing a search warrant at Henry McGee’s mobile home near Snook when the shooting happened.

  News 3 takes a look at why deputies had targeted McGee’s home.

  28-year-old Henry Magee is no longer charged in the shooting death of Burleson County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Sowders.

  A grand jury decided there wasn’t enough evidence for him to stand trial on the capital murder charge.

  McGee admitted to shooting 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 and fired to protect his pregnant girlfriend and himself.

” Well we feel that the grand jury acted fairly and reasonably and had all of the information that it needed to make the decision that it did. That is that this was a justified shooting and, but we need to say that this is a tragedy,” Dick DeGuerin said.”

 

 

  Story continues here . Go here for our previous coverage of the no-knock raid and subsequent killing of the Deputy Sheriff .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWAT Team Deputy Killed Serving “No Knock” Warrant

 

Texas deputy slaying suspect thought he was victim

 

 

 

” 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 taken into custody. He is being held on $1 million bail and has been charged with capital murder, punishable in Texas by life in prison without possibility of parole or death by lethal injection.

  It’s a safe bet that a mountain of additional information will be forthcoming should Magee stand trial. But based upon the information that has been released, should Henry Magee have been charged with capital murder? In fact, should he face a murder charge of any kind? IF the SWAT team (as it was called by Texas Ranger Andres de la Garza) entered without identifying its members as law enforcement officers, did Magee have an absolute right to shoot, given that he feared for his life, that of his girlfriend and of their child? Must officers accept any risk which goes along with the serving of a “no knock” warrant, the purpose of which is to confuse, intimidate and catch suspected criminals off guard? “

 

 

   If someone breaks into your house in the dead of night what would you do ? More and more each day it becomes “us vs them” . Our government has declared war on it’s citizenry . End “No Knock” raids NOW , End the “War on Drugs” NOW .
This sort of nonsense has been going on since Waco or even longer . If the cops suspect a man of being a threat then surveil him , get a warrant , take him down outside his home and then search the premises . That way potential evidence isn’t destroyed , people aren’t killed and our rights are preserved .
   In a country where a man has a right to defend his home this sort of tragedy has to be expected and perhaps that is the State’s ultimate goal . If it happens enough will it inspire law makers to make it a crime to defend our homes ?
   Many people’s lives are now ruined because of the aggressiveness and militarization of the police . When will it end ?

 

Update : A thoughtful reader has sent us a link to a Facebook page set up to support Henry Magee . Go here and see what you can do to help .