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Posted: 3/3/2002 7:03:06 PM EDT
taken from:[url]http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=26562[/url] my favorite part:
Deputy 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.
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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By Joel Miller © 2002 WorldNetDaily.com A 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 premises. According to the suit, "black-masked, black-helmeted men brandishing 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 unreasonable 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 detention. 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.
Link Posted: 3/3/2002 7:03:57 PM EDT
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. Deputy 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 County Sheriff's Department burst into Paasch's home and shot her. 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 Paasch. The settlement, said Paasch's attorney, Mark Thomsen, "reflects the reality that the county could not reasonably justify the shooting." 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 death. The only question that remains: Can $450,000 replace Alberto? If we didn't have so many unconstitutional and reckless drug raids, such a question would never have to be answered.
Link Posted: 3/3/2002 9:17:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/3/2002 9:18:15 PM EDT by DoubleFeed]
Link Posted: 3/3/2002 9:52:55 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/3/2002 10:10:10 PM EDT
I think I remember the Ruiz shooting. Was that the boy shot in the back with a shotgun? The war on drugs a war on our Constitutional rights.
Link Posted: 3/3/2002 10:15:30 PM EDT
Some inocent guy got shot in the face today on an arrest warrant gone bad, it was on the news today. FBI I think working on a bank robbery suspect. Wrong guy, shot him anyway. Sucks to be him
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From the story that is circulating he didn't say anything to the guy he just walked up to the car and shot the guy in the face with an M4.
Link Posted: 3/3/2002 10:17:11 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/4/2002 3:06:44 AM EDT
The incident where Deputy Ruiz was killed was not a erson "defending his home" against "burglars." It was a drug dealer shooting at people who identified themselves as law enforcment, were wearing distinctive uniforms and had repeatedly announced that they were serving a search warrant.
Link Posted: 3/4/2002 3:36:06 AM EDT
If that is the case then the shooter deserves capital murder. The article makes it sound like he was shooting because they were using a "no knock" warrent.
Link Posted: 3/4/2002 4:03:33 AM EDT
This no-knock, no-warrant, no-identification crap is the real problem. Bunch of 20-yer old SEAL wanna-be's playing cops and robbers if you ask me. It boils down to a question of accountability. They are apparently not accountable, and therein lies the problem.
Link Posted: 3/4/2002 4:09:14 AM EDT
[Sukebe]You don't know what happened, you don't know what it's like being a cop....blah blah blah...ad infinitum..[/Sukebe]
Link Posted: 3/4/2002 4:15:09 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DoubleFeed: I remember the Ruiz shooting. The Statesman published a graphic of a body armor and explained in detail the weaknesses of it. I think that was the first time I actually threw a newspaper across the room in anger. Stupid, stupid people...
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An eleven year old gets killed, but pictures of body armour make you throw the newspaper across the room. Where are your priorities?
Link Posted: 3/4/2002 4:15:44 AM EDT
The 20 year old wasn't shot by accident, the JBT pulled the trigger...no accident. The rifle was loaded, round in the chamber, safety off, rifle pointed at the victim...and the guy pulled the trigger...with luck, the guy will be Bubba's new wife. The 20 year old was an Eagle Boy Scout, a good nice kid, he was in the car with his girlfriend...they were literally doing nothing wrong at all. The JBT's have all clammed up and the blue line is being drawn...just another accident, "Ooops! Too bad, these things happen" is what we're hearing. That's what we heard when that ignorant police cow in Texas killed a young mother when her Glock "just went off". No punishment, no surprise.
Link Posted: 3/4/2002 5:03:42 AM EDT
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