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Officers in Unwarranted No Knock Raid Terrorize Family and Murder Child

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Civil Rights Violations by Unwarranted No Knock Raid a Growing Police Problem

The frequency of civil rights violations carried out daily across this nation by out of control police departments is as alarming as is their sickening and shocking natures, but unwarranted no knock raids are the worst kind.  Just over four years ago an innocent seven year old girl was shot in the head and killed by an over-zealous SWAT team officer in an out of control no-knock raid  carried out on the wrong address in Detroit, MI.

Here’s what happened on May 16, 2010 in Detroit.  A “Special Response Team”, or SRT in police lingo (don’t you love the official sounding names?)  had prepared to carry out a surprise no-knock raid on a wanted man. It had been determined he was living in one half of a duplex rental unit in a Detroit neighborhood.  Another family lived in the other half of the duplex.

The SWAT Team had obtained a warrant for the unit in which they had determined the wanted man was living.  The big mistake the team made in their midnight raid was to raid both sides of the duplex.  They did have a warrant for the address of the wanted man, but not for the innocent family who lived in the other half of the duplex.

Officers arrived in armored vehicles armed with automatic rifles and battered down the doors on both sides of the duplex.  A neighbor who was outside walking his dog when the police arrived tried to warn the cops that there were children and innocent people inside the second residence the cops were about to mistakenly raid.  The children’s toys all over the yard should have tipped them off too, but that neighbor was pinned to the ground and restrained by other officers while the unjust raid proceeded.

What they found inside the residence they had no authority to enter was a sleeping family – Mom, Dad, Grandma, and four young children.  Grandma was asleep on the couch with her 7 year old granddaughter.  The raid began and ended in tragedy in less than 30 seconds. One officer broke a window and tossed a percussion grenade inside, while others rammed the front door open. In the next 6 seconds of total confusion, the SWAT team leader, Joseph Weekley, shot and killed an innocent child.

What is worse, several hours more of mayhem and abuse ensued.  Aiyana Jones, 7, was dead.  Cops restrained her distraught grandmother  on the floor in handcuffs and forced her to lie in the child’s blood and the broken glass from the window that has been shattered.  Further abuses not only to the grandmother, but to both of the murdered child’s parents occurred over the next several hours.

Aiyana’s father was also required to lie face down in a pool of his daughter’s blood, while he pleaded for some kind of explanation for what had just happened.  He was given none.  Aiyana’s grieving and frightened mother was detained for several hours, forced to stay sitting sitting on the couch in the blood of their murdered daughter, after which she was transported to a facility where she was forced to undergo — a drug test!

Police at first claimed they had a rightful warrant.  They can apparently do no wrong.

The suspect that the police had sought was arrested and taken into custody in the raid.  He was in the other duplex unit, the side for which the police had initially obtained a signed warrant.  As soon as police realized the error they had made, the police chief took action to get a CYA warrant for the second residence – after it was broken into and Aiyana was killed.

Shouldn’t we expect some admission of error from someone on the part of the police department, and not just a massive cover up of a blunder that resulted in the death of an innocent child?  Shouldn’t we expect to see some kind of admission of error on the part of the officer who pulled the trigger and put a bullet through seven year old Aiyana’s brain?  Shouldn’t we expect remorse from the trigger man?

Apparently, every action taken by a police raid is infallible and justified.

Four years and two mistrials later, the gunman is held unaccountable

Prior to this incident, Joseph Weekley, the officer who pulled the trigger on Aiyana, had 14 years of law enforcement experience.  In 2007 he was under investigation as a member of another police raid team in which guns were pointed at children, and two family pets were shot.

Weekley also aspires to be a hero in the SWAT team raid business.  A&E’s pro-police-state reality show, “The First 48”, glorifies the aggressive use of police power.  The team of which Weekley was the leader in this particular raid was accompanied by a full TV crew from the show.  Their video illustrates just how hyped the team was when the shooting occurred.  They were in full aggression mode. Their macho police raid was, after all, going to be on TV, and they were going to be the stars!

Even more sickening is the involvement of the Chief of Police of Detroit, Warren Evans.  Evans had been positioning himself to be featured in the A&E program as the lead police officer, directing cops to take back the streets of Detroit.  Evans’ self aggrandizing plans backfired on May 16, 2010.

Weekley is Free.  Why?

Weekly was tried in June 2013 on a charge of manslaughter.  A mistrial was declared due to a hung jury.  In September 2014 ,Weekley stood trial once again.  The charge was reduced from manslaughter to reckless firing of a weapon causing death.  Conviction would have carried a possible 2 year sentence. It didn’t matter.  The jury was hung again, and another mistrial was declared.  According to the system, that’s the end of legal proceedings against Weekley for this crime.

If you’re not familiar with this case, here are several relevant links filled with greater detail to build and justify your outrage.  This case was big enough to be summarized in Wikipedia already.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Aiyana_Jones

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2014/10/06/joseph-weekley-aiyana-stanley-jones-appeals-court/16803207/

http://new.livestream.com/wildabouttrial/events/3402923

http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2013/06/grandmother_testifies_aiyana_j.html

That’s plenty to keep your blood boiling, I’m sure.

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Women Sue Over Public Body Cavity Searches | They Don’t Need a Reason to Molest You In Public

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Texas Department of “Justice” officers apparently don’t need a compelling reason to stick their hands down your pants or fingers in your private parts In full view of traffic beside the highway in broad daylight with cars full of random strangers zooming by.

If this sounds like possibly one of those urban legends that couldn’t have happened because it’s just too bizarre, ridiculous and over-the-top to have happened, then think again. It was all caught on the troopers dash-cam. And, actually, this wasn’t the first time that a body cavity search was done on two women with the same glove in Texas beside a busy highway. In that case it was due to suspicion of marijuana and none was found. This is obviously a flagrant disregard for constitutional rights, but it’s also bad policy that is going to cost taxpayers a bundle. It’s even more unnerving than forcing women to shake their bra out while lifting their shirt as reported recently.

So let’s get this straight… In the “land of the free”, if “they” say they found a small amount of marijuana (possibly dropped by your slacker brother or some acquaintance you gave a ride to the store or something), it’s a perfectly legitimate reason for someone with little to no medical training to use the same rubber glove to go in any and all orifices of your body at their discretion with no oversight from a superior or protocol (or sanitation)?

Uh… Sounds reasonable…

 

Women Sue Over Public Body Cavity Searches.

…And remember… “they hate us for our Freedom”…

BRAZORIA COUNTY, TX — Two women had the inside of their crotches (orifices)  searched on the side of the highway, thanks to the dutiful enforcement of tyrannical drug prohibition laws.

Officers pulled the women over for speeding on their way home from the beach. Of course, traffic stops are just the excuse a good enforcer needs to begin fishing for reasons to throw people in cages.

After finding a small amount of forbidden plants in the vehicle, officer Nathaniel Turner, wasn’t satisfied. He wanted more. The two women, dressed only in bikinis, were told they were going to get an internal body cavity search. He called a female trooper to search their genitalia for drugs on the side of Highway 288 in Brazoria County

“Are you serious,” Brandy Hamilton asked the trooper.

“If you hid something in there, we’re going to find it,” said the trooper.

“You’re going to go up my private parts?!” Hamilton said.

“Yes ma’am.”

The women say that the same glove was used to violate all of their orifices.

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Women Sue Over Body Cavity Searches Beside Highway In Daylight

There are truly no limits to the amount of terror and tyranny that are created by the fascist Drug War that plagues the country.

“These police officers are here to protect and serve,” said Hamilton. “They did not protect me at all. Not one of them, and it was three officers out there.”

Brandy Hamilton and Alexandria Randle are suing the officers involved.

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If you enjoy knowing what’s going on in the world, please defend the First Amendment that 41 Democrats and 1 Socialist in the senate have voted to repeal. 

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When Police Pull You or Your Loved Ones Over For a Dimmed Headlight, Expect to Be Sexually Harassed on Film

Police check woman for drugs after they pull her over for a dimmed headlight tell her to lift up her shirt and shake it

Seriously? Over a dimmed headlight?!? He might as well have said, “I’ll let you go if you make your boobs jiggle.”

Unless we want to live in a world where all of our mothers, daughters, sisters and aunts get treated as objects to be exploited by law enforcement, we need to put this kind of behavior to a sudden, complete and absolute END! There’s no excuse for the leeway that law enforcement officers get for some of this despicable behavior that they display.

Read also: Two women subjected to roadside body cavity search for throwing cigarette butt out window of car

Consider how many innocent people have been shot in their homes by officers raiding the wrong address?… How many dogs have been shot and how many innocent people have been terrified? It is needless, detrimental and becoming more frequent.  Or perhaps it’s always been this frequent but now that it has become easier to share information, we are just increasingly aware of an age-old problem. Either way, we need to put a stop to this kind ridiculous, unethical and disturbing behavior ASAP!

Police instruct woman to lift shirt and shake bra for drugs.

LAKELAND, FL — A young woman was driving when police pulled her over because of a dimmed headlight. From there it turned into a harassing encounter as police looked for contraband. They removed her from her vehicle and told her to pull up her shirt and shake her bra for them. Twice she complied to this demeaning request. Police also searched her vehicle for drugs, after she declined to allow a vehicle search.

Dash-cam video released Thursday showed the incident, which State Attorney Jerry Hill called “highly questionable” and “demeaning.” He said Chief Womack should be “alarmed” about deficiencies in training and supervision of traffic stops.

This may be an all-too common occurrence. The War on Drugs continues to ravage civil liberties and turn police against the people over the stupidest reasons imaginable.

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