This is why the WAR on TERROR is so terrifying - The wrong people are being
Jackie Juntti, WGEN idzrus@...
Date: Sun, 24
Feb 2002 13:49:52 -0800
Subject: Raid a house, kick a dog, plug a
not? Who has the power to launch reprisals against the government?
if there is a finanacial settlement, it is "paid" by the
taxpayers. Meanwhile, mainstream media largely downplays or even ignores
these events. The Establishment mantra drones on: "war on terror ... war
on terror ... war on terror" while real domestic terrorists like these go
unpunished and are even glorified by the Media and entertainment
industry. Have a good look at the face of
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February 22, 2002
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family in Pueblo, Colo., is suing the DEA and the Colorado Bureau of
Investigations after a no-knock raid resulted in their two sons being arrested
and jailed despite the fact no drugs were found on the
According to the suit, "black-masked, black-helmeted men
automatic weapons and wearing all-black uniforms with no
insignias suddenly burst into the house unannounced, kicked the family's dog
across the floor, ordered the entire family to 'get on the [expletive] floor,'
held them at gunpoint, searched the house, found no drugs or contraband, but
nevertheless carted off the family's two sons, Dave and Marcos, and imprisoned
them illegally and without charges."
The ACLU of Colorado filed the suit
for the family, according to the Feb. 21 Rocky Mountain News. Court documents
date the raid Aug. 19, 2000.
"The next thing we knew," said Dan Unis, the
father of the family and a Pueblo County social worker, "there were five or six
police with masks and automatic weapons and stuff yelling at us. It wasn't the
nicest language in the world. I see my dog go flying across the room because one
of them kicked it."
Unis said he asked them for a warrant, but "they
couldn't produce one."
So far, neither the DEA nor the CBI have had
anything to say about the case. But Mark Silverstein, ACLU legal director, said
this: "Once again the war on drugs misses the target and instead scores a direct
hit on the Constitution. These government agents had no search warrant, no
arrest warrant and no lawful authority whatsoever. They carried out this armed
home invasion in flagrant disregard of the Fourth Amendment, which forbids
searches and arrests without probable cause."
"I think it
was a bunch of cowboys out having a good time," said Unis. "It was totally
unnecessary." And unconstitutional. Police cannot arrest and jail people for
days at a time without filing charges; it's called illegal
While being unconstitutional and unnecessary, many such raids
are also foolhardy and deadly.
Officers of the six-county Capital Area
Narcotics Task Force, one of 49 federally funded, multijurisdictional narcotics
teams operating in Texas, "were accused of mistaking ragweed for marijuana in
May when they raided a Spicewood home and held residents at gunpoint as they
ransacked the property and [somebody call PETA] kicked the homeowner's dog,"
according to a Feb. 4, Austin American-Statesman article. That version of the
story, taken from court documents, is denied by the taskforce overseer, but of
late CANTF hasn't had much luck in being safe.
Tony Martinez, 19 and
unarmed, was killed by taskforce officers during a raid on a mobile home in Del
Valle, Texas, Dec. 2001. He wasn't even the target of the raid.
Keith Ruiz was shot dead during a drug raid while breaking down the door of a
different Del Valle mobile home Feb. 15, 2001. Thinking there were burglars
outside, Edwin Delamore, 21, fired from inside and killed Ruiz. He's now charged
with capital murder.
When Jacqueline Paasch was stirred out of bed at
6:30 a.m., April 7, 2000, by a commotion downstairs in her West Milwaukee home,
she probably didn't expect to be gunned down. But, as the Feb. 7 Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel tells the story, based on an anonymous tip about "possible drug
activity at a home in the 1700 block of S. 54th St., and then finding marijuana
seeds in a garbage receptacle near the home," a tactical unit of the Milwaukee
Department burst into Paasch's home and shot
Paasch, who was hit in the left leg, now has limited use of her toes
and needs a brace for walking long distances. The city denies any wrongdoing but
did recently agree to pay $700,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by
The settlement, said Paasch's attorney, Mark Thomsen, "reflects
the reality that the county could not reasonably justify the
The same could be said about the settlement for the Sepulveda
family of Modesto, Calif., though it was dramatically smaller. Eleven-year-old
Alberto Sepulveda was shot dead during a Sept. 13, 2000, SWAT raid that targeted
the boy's father. An officer on the scene accidentally squeezed off a shot,
killing the boy instantly. Last month, the family settled a federal lawsuit over
The only question that remains: Can $450,000 replace
If we didn't have so many unconstitutional and reckless drug
such a question would never have to be answered.