Correction

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

A reason reader shared with me a correspondence he had with Sam Mateo, California Sheriff Greg Munks. Munks says the raid on the San Mateo poker game was not done by the SWAT team. I assumed it had been due to firsthand accounts that described police in "full riot gear" with their "guns drawn." Also via email I learned that the child seized in the raid was a boy, not a girl.

I apologize for the errors. The other points about the appropriateness of the raid, seizing the kid from his parents, etc. still stand. One more thing: Several regular players at this game have emailed to assure me that the hosts were not cheating or defrauding participants, which police seemed to hint was the real reason behind the raid. If the players are right, the only real justification for the raid would then be the $5 charge on top of the buy-in for refreshments.

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4 Responses to “Correction”

  1. #1 |  Sithmonkey | 

    A cigar store I frequent holds Friday night poker nights. The owner will collect donations from folks the day before to pick up snacks and drinks…I’m going to start pestering him to just let everyone BYOB and potluck the snacks. I bet no one busts the law enforcement poker matches I’m always being invited to…

  2. #2 |  David | 

    If the players are right, the only real justification for the raid would then be the $5 charge on top of the buy-in for refreshments.

    I’m going to go out on a limb, and assume that the players are telling the truth. If the game was rigged, they wouldn’t keep playing there.

    I would also guess that someone important had demanded that small pokers games be broken up. The police happened to find out about this one, then had to find some excuse to raid it. The $5 refreshments charge served as the “We want to arrest these people, but we have no charge. Let’s pore over the laws. There must be something they’re guilty of” excuse. It’s sad that this is what “law enforcement” has come to.

  3. #3 |  Michael | 

    We’re all screwed. United we stand, divided we fall!?

  4. #4 |  Sick Thugs | 

    The MOST disgusting part of all this is that the “overseers” have a REAL PROBLEM with their own credibility and this incident shows the debacle San Mateo government officials face.

    San Mateo’s Sheriff’s caught in sting “Operation Dollhouse” which was a under aged prostitution ring. http://www.examiner.com/a-695852~Examination_planned_into_Las_Vegas_trip_expenses.html
    http://www.sanmateodailynews.com/article/2007-5-20-05-20-07-op-ed-munks

    SOUNDS LIKE A “RAKE” TO THE TUNE OF $15,000 AGAINST “UNWITTING” TAXPAYERS BY SAN MATEO’S FINEST. READ THE NEWS ARTICLE

    “To make matters worse, it has been revealed in numerous news accounts that Munks’ misadventure was partly paid for by San Mateo County taxpayers to the tune of nearly $15,000, and in violation of existing county “policy” for county agencies.”

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