Chesapeake SWAT

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Here’s a story that ran a month before the raid on Ryan Frederick’s home:

Marva Morris and her six children are homeless, wondering who will put their house back together after a SWAT team tore it apart this week looking for a slaying suspect.

Police stormed her South Norfolk home Wednesday night, shooting out windows and firing chemical s into the house. After surrounding the house for more than five hours and scouring the insides, police found it empty.

“Now I have no home and all of my kids are just dispersed from here to there,” Morris said Friday. “There’s a lot of stress from all of this, and nobody cares.”

Acting on a tip, Chesapeake police went to the house in the 2000 block of Stalham Road looking for Shawn Sir Charles Ward, a 21-year-old suspect in the fatal shooting of a toddler during a Nov. 10 home invasion.

Police had Morris’ home under surveillance for several days before searching it. Ward, however, was arrested the next day in a relative’s Virginia Beach home.

Morris, 44, doesn’t know why police received a tip about her home. She’s not related to Ward. In fact, she went to a magistrate earlier this year to get a warrant because Ward was “chasing” after her daughter, she said. She complained to police about him “terrorizing the neighborhood” on other occasions, she said.

I’m not sure how relevant the story is, other than that it suggests an eagerness on the part of Chesapeake PD to break down doors without doing an adequate investigation.

This comment to the story is chilling:

I just read through most of the comments. I want to say quit whining, learn how to spell and use proper grammar. The police were doing their job like they are supposed to. Thank you to the police officers. I am sorry the house is in shambles, but get over it. Bad things happen to lots of people. If you want more protocols against the police tell the liberals, so we can start getting all the officers killed here at home similar to Iraq.

Better protocol would have saved Det. Jarrod Shivers’ life.

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15 Responses to “Chesapeake SWAT”

  1. #1 |  ZappaCrappa | 

    I went over and read the comments section and all I have to say is…WOW…just WOW!!!!

  2. #2 |  Kukulkan | 

    This is hilarious. The commenter writes “learn how to spell and use proper grammar.” However, in the very next sentence, the commenter improperly ends his sentence with a preposition: “The police were doing their job like they are supposed to [do].” Sigh.

  3. #3 |  Matt | 

    I like how we’re being encouraged to wait till we hear both sides of the story.

    Because, you know, the police will give careful consideration to both sides, right? Right?

  4. #4 |  Brit | 

    “I am sorry the house is in shambles, but get over it. Bad things happen to lots of people. If you want more protocols against the police tell the liberals, so we can start getting all the officers killed here at home similar to Iraq.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    WHAT?! “…….get over it”! And I guess YOU would “get over it” and THANK the police if your home was in shambles after a “mistake.” And what do liberals (or conservatives) have to do with this? It’s not about being a liberal or a conservative….It’s about doing the right thing or the wrong thing……and this was just wrong!

  5. #5 |  Bot | 

    Yup. Just do’in my job. Don’t blame me.

  6. #6 |  TC | 

    Just a silly thought,

    Could a class action suit be filed in a federal court and nail all SWAT depts, get them to fund a massive pool of $’s like the tobacco and asbestos.

    Chesapeake aims to quickly fix home damaged by police

    http://hamptonroads.com/node/441931

    As is seemingly normal opinions are inflamed from polar opposites, with barely a few seeking the middle ground that must exist.

    Though from the article, this case seems pretty crazy!

    Supposedly surveillanced the house for days? Used computer stuff and the ever present CI!

    It was the computer stuff that tied the suspect to the house, because she had requested some protection or such her address got associated with his name.

    Totally sucks to be just a citizen.

  7. #7 |  Tokin42 | 

    Balko’s statement that “Better protocol would have saved Det. Jarrod Shivers’ life.” is absolutely correct. While I feel for this cops family, he’d still be around if he had done his job and not rushed to apprehend a guy growing trees in his garage.

  8. #8 |  Perry Eidelbus | 

    Technically, Kukulkan, it was half of an infinitive (“to” there is part of a verb, not a word used to denote the direction of the verb), but your point stands that he’s a sanctimonious idiot.

    I earnestly pray that that twit’s own house be demolished, and then we can simply say “Sorry, bad things happen to lots of people,” and that he should just “get over it.”

  9. #9 |  BoneFish | 

    Radley,

    The Chesapeake SWAT team fired live ammo into this woman’s home.

    http://hamptonroads.com/node/437861

    Think about that. The police department whose union president talks about firing through a door (as its being demolished) as being the height of negligence fired live ammo into a residential dwelling.

  10. #10 |  BoneFish | 

    Add:

    I’m reading that article, and I’ve think the hope would be they were shooting flash bangs or tear gas. Regular bullets would penetrate multiple walls and exit the other side of the house. The couldn’t have been that dumb.

  11. #11 |  Bill | 

    Radley, here’s an even more chilling comment:

    “Submitted by robertk12838 on Sat, 12/01/2007 at 8:07 pm.
    It seems the city really needs to do some fix up on this situation fast. It could happen to anyone. What happens if she was armed and defending her house when they popped in? …”

    I guess we know the answer to that question now.

  12. #12 |  Phelps | 

    Am I the only one who see the irony of the police doing this in response to a home invasion?

  13. #13 |  Kukulkan | 

    Perry:

    You’re right. I should have realized that when I put the “do” in the brackets. Ah well.

  14. #14 |  E.H. Munro | 

    I’m reading that article, and I’ve think the hope would be they were shooting flash bangs or tear gas. Regular bullets would penetrate multiple walls and exit the other side of the house. The couldn’t have been that dumb.

    You obviously don’t know many police.

  15. #15 |  Thomas | 

    It is hard to imagine a state without Police controls in place. The hard thing to address is the amount of control we, the citizens, are willing to have to what expense. If we are going to ask, and in some cases demand, that the Police take measures to protect us from the bad elements in society, then maybe some should not be so quick to judge when the Police make decisions in an effort to accomplish their tasks. I believe it is safe to assume that the people who are so quick to lash out at the Police, without having all the facts, would be the first to call 911 when an emergency befalls them and they are need of services. I must stress that in this situation all the facts were not released to the public, and the media is going to spin the best story they can to increase circulation.

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