SWAT Stuff

Thursday, October 25th, 2007
  • Botched raid victims William and Sharon McCulley, whose case I also mentioned in Overkill, were awarded $325,000 this week after a botched drug raid last year hit them and their grandchildren.

    That’s when, without a warrant authorizing entrance into the home of William and Sharon McCulley, but rather with an “anticipatory search warrant” that authorized them to search any property where the marijuana was transported, police entered their home.Though the Toyota truck they had been following and the transported box wasn’t at the McCulley’s home, police then threw Sharon McCulley on the ground next to her grandchild and handcuffed her, pressing a gun so hard into her head it left a circular mark, according to the complaint.

    Her husband, William McCulley, who has a severe nerve disorder and has a walker and leg brace, was also ordered to lie on the ground, but was unable to do so quickly because of his disability. Thrown to the ground by an officer, William McCulley’s implanted electronic shocking device to alleviate pain malfunctioned causing him to convulse, court documents state.

  • Mountain City, Tennessee (population 2,402), which has had one murder and two rapes in five years, will soon have its own SWAT team.
  • Here’s a Dallas SWAT raid on a suspected meth dealer that resulted in an officer getting shot. He’s now in critical condition. The shooter isn’t the suspect, but rather a 19-year-old girl who is either a relative of the suspect’s girlfriend, or the suspect’s actual girlfriend (reports I’ve read differ). It’s a big mess. The girl says she had no idea the home invaders were police. Of course, this again is one of the problems with these types of raids. Even if you’ve got the right guy, and have every reason to think the guy is dangerous, there may be other people in the home. In this case, there were four, including an infant. Police will say SWAT tactics make everyone in the home safer, because it allows police to storm the police and incapacitate everyone while they’re unaware. Obviously that didn’t happen, here.One other thing. This sort of case also emphasizes the inherent contradiction in the way police justify these raids. You’ll notice in the article that the police say they conducted the no-knock, middle-of-the-night raid to catch the suspect and his family off-guard. They then turn around and say the woman who fired the gun should have known they were police officers (she’s in jail on attempted capital murder charges). You can’t have it both ways. You can’t say nighttime SWAT raids are necessary to catch people unaware while they’re sleeping, then say they “should have known” that the men invading their homes were police.
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