DEA Agent Uses Death of SWAT Cop to Propagandize

Monday, January 9th, 2012

I haven’t had time to write about the awful drug raid in Ogden, Utah just yet. But the gist is that a veteran who apparently grew marijuana to self-medicate for anxiety and depression apparently shot and killed one cop and wounded several others during a nighttime raid on his home. This is the same narcotics task force, by the way, that shot and killed a man wielding a golf club five seconds after breaking down his door during a botched meth raid last year. That cop was forgiven for his mistake. Heat of battle, volatile situation, mistakes were made—you know the drill.

Perhaps we’ll soon learn that Matthew Stewart was a big-time drug dealer hell-bent on taking down a team of cops. We don’t know enough yet to say anything for certain. But from what we do know, it doesn’t appear that way. The guy had no prior criminal record. And the article below suggests that the authorities are already setting expectations for the possibility that Stewart was just a guy who grew for his own use.

Here’s a DEA flack defending the raid and pointing out the (very real, though not in the way he’d have you believe) dangers of pot smoking.

The head of Utah’s Drug Enforcement Administration spoke with FOX 13 about the recent Ogden shooting that left one officer dead and five other officers wounded. There has been evidence gathered that may point to the shooting suspect maintaining a marijuana grow operation.

DEA Special Agent in Charge Frank Smith has been involved in the war on drugs all over the globe. He is quick to dismiss any arguments about legalizing drugs like marijuana, especially after fellow officers were shot and killed, presumably trying to take down a so-called indoor marijuana grow operation.

“They’re heroes, they’re protecting the public!” said Smith . . .

Army veteran Matthew David Stewart, 37, is the suspected triggerman. Police will not say exactly why the strike force raided his home, but Stewart’s father says his son has issues and may have been growing marijuana in his home to “self-medicate.”

Smith says that, even if Stewart had allegedly used marijuana to only self-medicate, that his drug use is not a “victimless crime.”

“It’s not a legalization issue, it’s not an immigration issue, it’s a public safety issue. If someone is willing to shoot it out with police, who is self-medicating on marijuana, what’s to say he’s not willing to walk out his house and start shooting his neighbors?” Smith says.

Jesus. How about the fact that he hadn’t harmed a soul until armed government agents broke down his door? Reading these articles is like slamming your head against the wall. People keep dying. And the drug warriors keep taking that as confirmation that they need to double down on the policies that are exactly why people keep dying.

You wonder if Smith’s even capable of comprehending the possibility that it’s the tactics that caused this tragedy, not pot’s sinister—and completely unsupported by any scientific research—effect of turning unassuming veterans into cold-blooded killers. That is, I wonder if people like Smith really believe their own bullshit?

Smith says the shooting case will be reviewed and he hopes lessons will be learned to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again.

Oh, there are lessons. But they won’t be what Smith and other drug warriors take from this awfulness. Which is why you aren’t going to “prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again.”

No. So long as we have people like Agent Smith in positions of power, the pile of bodies—both cop and citizen—will only get larger.

MORE: Stewart’s father is now speaking out. Here he criticizes the tactics used in the raid.

After four years in the military, Matthew returned to Ogden and got a job as a security officer for the IRS. But he began having problems with depression and anxiety. He didn’t want to use prescription drugs, his father said, and chose to self-medicate with marijuana that he grew.

He eventually left the IRS and got a warehouse job at Walmart, working graveyard shift. About two months ago, he broke up with his girlfriend.

“He was a good guy,” his father said. “He worked hard. He served his country. He tried to live his life his way. He didn’t think he was hurting anybody.”

The Stewarts say they know very little about the Wednesday shootout at their son’s Ogden residence at 3268 Jackson Ave.

“We’re devastated by this whole thing,” Michael Stewart said.

The Stewarts have not been allowed to see their son at an undisclosed hospital. And they don’t know what happened when the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force entered the house with a search warrant.

Michael Stewart said his son kept a handgun for protection. But he said that his son’s shotgun had been in his parents’ possession for years and he didn’t have any automatic weapons.

Michael and Sonja Stewart say they can’t understand why the strike force would execute a search warrant the way that it did, knocking down the door and rushing into the residence….

If Matthew Stewart was sleeping or listening to music in his back room, there is a good chance they would not have heard police announce their arrival.

“If they had done some research, why not arrest him at Walmart?” Michael Stewart said.

“I’m hoping the citizens of this state can look at what’s happened here and rethink the drug war,” he added. “Are we losing the drug war?”

 

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66 Responses to “DEA Agent Uses Death of SWAT Cop to Propagandize”

  1. #1 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Someone once said “It’s like explaining gravity to a monkey while holding a banana.” This is what it is like trying to explain that the State’s increasing default toward the use of extreme violence on citizens is unjust.

    “Agent Smith”…one step closer to the Matrix.

  2. #2 |  rapscallion | 

    I’m amazed they let Stewart live. Maybe they just weren’t sure that no one was filming.

  3. #3 |  Joshua | 

    I think it’s important to emphasize that this Special Agent In Charge, a man with a very powerful position in the drug war, has an understanding of the psychological effects of marijuana which is at least eighty years out of date.

    What he said is similar to if the director of a hospital explained that we need to bleed patients in order to balance their humors. Of course, such a physician would be fired.

  4. #4 |  Greg | 

    Bravo.

    If there had been a grow in the house, we would almost certainly have heard about it by now. At the least, we would have seen images from the media of agents carrying seized plants out of the house.

    This asshat’s statement reminds me of Hillary Clinton’s interview with Mexican media a while back: “We can’t legalize pot because there’s just too much money in it.” (or something thereabouts.)

    interesting too that the cops didn’t kill the victim, and that he somehow made it out of the house and into a shed. These cops These are so highly trained that we can be sure they announced and effectively informed the victim that they were police, but couldn’t neutralize a lone victim short of a negotiated surrender after all the action?

  5. #5 |  Radley Balko | 

    If there had been a grow in the house, we would almost certainly have heard about it by now.

    They apparently carried out some tubes and lights indicative of a grow.

    So Stewart does appear to have been growing. I haven’t yet seen any evidence that he intended to kill an entire SWAT team of cops.

  6. #6 |  George | 

    It’s all fun and games until one of their own gets hurt.

  7. #7 |  SamK | 

    Anyone know if his parents have set up a defense fund? I didn’t see one, but I’d be interested in contributing.

  8. #8 |  Kutani | 

    Haven spoken with law enforcement, there is a feedback mentality here. You ask ‘Why are these paramilitary raids necessary?’ and they respond by citing these kinds of cases where cops get killed. They actually use the raids to justify the raids to themselves!

    It’s this bizarre culture brain damage that is almost impossible to rationally discuss with them without being painted as anti-cop.

  9. #9 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    I’m still betting this will turn out to be a friendly-fire death.

  10. #10 |  Eric | 

    Some of the word choices are pretty telling. The person raided is the “triggerman,” his growing of pot is a “grow operation,” and the raiders are a “strike force.” The good guys and the bad guys are already defined.

  11. #11 |  freedomfan | 

    Shades of Ryan Frederick. I’m just waiting for the police to reveal they took the word of criminal tipsters to go after Matthew Stewart. Who knows what this veteran survived while serving, only to be killed by our own government as part of its War on Citizens Drugs.

  12. #12 |  Aresen | 

    “If they had done some research, why not arrest him at Walmart?” Michael Stewart said.

    “I’m hoping the citizens of this state can look at what’s happened here and rethink the drug war,” he added. “Are we losing the drug war?”

    A few drug dealers, generally low-level, take a bullet, but the drug cartels are still raking in the dough. So they are winning the drug war.

    A few LEOs get killed, but Police Agencies are getting bigger budgets, more lethal toys, more power and less accountability, so they are also winning the drug war.

    The politicians get to posture about being “tough on crime” and pass more laws and get more contributions and endorsements from Police Unions and Prison Guard Unions and prison contractors, so they are winning the drug war, too.

    But ordinary people are losing – their lives, liberties and their property – in the drug war.

  13. #13 |  EH | 

    “The most dangerous thing about marijuana is the police.”

  14. #14 |  FloO | 

    So it’s an “indoor grow operation.”

    I’m surprised they haven’t referred to the property as a “compound.”

    Next: “An anonymous neighbor reports she saw strange/unusual activity around the house in the weeks prior to the police action. She says she feels safer now.”

  15. #15 |  Whim | 

    #6 George hit it exactly right: “It’s all fun and games until one of their own gets hurt.”

    I also find it telling that the parents have not been allowed to see their son, who is being held at an undisclosed hospital. Why?

    Is he being interrogated without the benefit of legal counsel? While medicated with opiates? Is he being waterboarded?

    The police love to put a blanket information embargo in place until they have manufactured enough evidence to get a probable conviction.

    Notice how the serial lies in the Fullerton police murder of Kelly Thomas eventually came back to bite them when the videos surfaced. Same as the Orlando SWAT team ramming and shooting of a van driver at a Target Store last fall. Serial lies followed by serial recantations when the videos surfaced.

  16. #16 |  John P. | 

    This stuff will continue until a sufficient percentage of the population says ENOUGH, rises up and confronts the elected officials who pass these laws, and control the checkbook where these idiot cops get their funding from.

    Kill off the money and this crap will stop, but to kill off the money we will have to start sending politicians who love and support this stuff to the unemployment lines, en mass.

  17. #17 |  Bob | 

    Wait,

    This was the same SWAT team that gunned the guy that had a golf club down in cold blood?

    So… a guy knows that he could be killed in the next few seconds for little more than a panicky gesture. So he defends himself.

    Looks like self defense to me. Was it really worth a man’s life to stop this guy from growing some pot so he can smoke it?

  18. #18 |  John Ahrens | 

    I’ve been seeing a lot of coverage the last few days about how many cops were killed by gun shots last year–80+, up 15% from the year before. Does anyone know of any readily accessible on how many people the police killed last year?

  19. #19 |  Matt I. | 

    They do believe their own bullshit, and they go to obscene lengths to destroy anyone who opposes them.

    They are already well on their route to painting the guy as a hardened criminal.

    They “found bomb making materials” which they “detonated”. Of course, this could be a can of gasoline, alcohol, or even grease. It doesn’t matter. Once they get stuff like this out, people use their imagination to fill in the rest. Already one Utah newspaper is reporting that the guy had an actual bomb in his possession.

    They also found a picture of him dressed “like a terrorist”. AKA a Halloween costume. I am just so tired of this bullshit. But honestly, I did see it coming. Once they have you in their sights, if you have so much as a jaywalking ticket you will be made out to be the most dangerous criminal since Escobar.

    People will believe it to, unless we make an effort to get the truth out.

  20. #20 |  perlhaqr | 

    “The most dangerous thing about marijuana is the police.”

    Quoted for truth.

  21. #21 |  c andrew | 

    And of course, this uppity plebe, having defended himself against assault under color of law will now have to defend his life against a prosecution for the death penalty.

    Gee, Mr. Prosecutor. How bout you prosecute the cop that shot the golf club holder to death on the same basis?

    Oh, that’s right. He’s a privileged person. He can kill without cause but with complete impunity.

    Bunch of dirt bags all around on the law side.

  22. #22 |  Chris Mallory | 

    “Smith says the shooting case will be reviewed and he hopes lessons will be learned to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again.”

    I imagine a Hellfire missle from a drone would do wonders to protect officer safety. If that isn’t enough maybe an Arc Light strike?

  23. #23 |  Marty | 

    good link #19. they’re really cranking up the propaganda on this one. they’re throwing a huge 14,000 seat funeral for the cop! that won’t taint the jury pool…

  24. #24 |  JThompson | 

    @#5: Tubes and lights aren’t necessarily indicative of a grow. I’ve got a ton tubes and lights for growing plants because I like to get my tomatoes and peppers out early. There are lots of legal reasons to have grow lights.

    Given how willing police are to make absolutely anything out to be a bomb (He had frozen corn! He could have fermented that into alcohol and made a fuel bomb! Thank god we found it in time and “detonated” it safely!!) it may well have been plain old fluorescent light bulbs.

  25. #25 |  PermaLurker | 

    @24
    Experience from my misspent youth: fermentation is unnecessary to make corn into a bomb. Try throwing a 10 lb can of creamed corn into a bonfire sometime….
    bring a garbage can lid or other shield if you do ;)

  26. #26 |  Stephen | 

    #25

    The coolest explosion I have ever seen was from an unopened bottle of beer tossed onto the still glowing coals of a bonfire at night. Brunch of drunks started throwing rocks at it. It looked like something from Star Wars as the coals went everywhere.

  27. #27 |  Frank Hummel | 

    So a SWAT team breaks into a man’s house. The man, armed with a handgun(?), kills one of the intruders and wounds another 5. He afterward goes and hides in a shed. The article also mentions that 30-40 shots have been fired and that the victim has non life threatening injuries. How many shots were fired by the intruders, how many by the victim?

    I’m no tactical genius, but it looks like either the raid victim was about the only one who knew how to use weapon, or the cops showed extreme restraint. My guess is someone screwed up at the Police Dept and sent a totally unprepared team in.

  28. #28 |  el coronado | 

    “Are we losing the drug war here?”

    Depends on how you look at it. Based on the ever-increasing militarization, the ever-more costly whizbang toys they have to play with, the ever-more draconian laws and sentencing, and the ever-more lucrative asset seizures they’ve got going on ……

    I’d say the LEO and prosecutorial mafia is winning the shit out of it.

    *US*, not so much.

  29. #29 |  Steamed McQueen | 

    “They’re heroes, they’re protecting the public!” said Smith . . .

    Stop it. Just STOP IT already with this hero bullshit. They are a bunch of over funded over empowered and obscenely over staffed thugs and they only thing that they protect is themselves.

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  31. #31 |  Dante | 

    #9 judas- me too.

  32. #32 |  Loretta Nall | 

    I was always under the impression that in this country that we didn’t arrest people for what they MIGHT do…ie “he might shoot his neighbors”.

    When did that change? Hell, is this still America?

    I probably shouldn’t say so…but I’m glad the victim took one of the REAL criminal fuckers out and wounded 5 more. He’s the real hero in my book.

  33. #33 |  Pi Guy | 

    They are a bunch of over funded over empowered and obscenely over staffed overweightthugs…

    FIFY. Or, well, fleshed out the that thought more thoroughly. :D

    overweight

  34. #34 |  Pi Guy | 

    Rat Farts – was trying to get link to the <Charming post with the “If you use drugs, we make House Calls” SWAT web page pic to appear, illustrating the few-too-many-cheeseburgers-methinks reference.

    Gotta remember, not my blog… not my blog…

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  36. #36 |  Todd Hunger | 

    EVERY comment is against marijuana prohibition and the military Nazi police tactics for MARIJUANA. America is SO over the marijuna war on its people. Legalize cannabis, fire the pot warriors, live in a beter World. Period.

  37. #37 |  MassHole | 

    I’m with Judas too on the fratricide. When you see video of these entry teams, they often muzzle sweep each other and practice terrible gun handling. Just as the old gentleman in Framingham, MA was killed due to SWAT guy not being able to keep his booger hook off the bang switch when he lost his footing and shot a man on the floor.

    I bet the guy was freaked out by masked gunman barging in his door (trespassers coming back?), shot the first one, and then keystone SWAT sprayed and prayed right into their buddies. Should be pretty easy to figure out who was shot with a pistol round and who took a .223. Or, this guy was fucking rambo and owned them.

    Either way, if the cops had used their heads instead of stupid brute force, no one would have any holes in them.

  38. #38 |  Dante | 

    #35 Masshole
    “I bet the guy was freaked out by masked gunman barging in his door (trespassers coming back?), shot the first one, and then keystone SWAT sprayed and prayed right into their buddies.”

    Agreed, and for confirmation of the above we have the total silence from the police about what really happened. If it was a “clean shoot” they would be braying about it in front of every camera from here to Timbuktoo.

  39. #39 |  emdfl | 

    I’m wondering how many of those uniformed thugs were shot in the back by another uniformed thug.

  40. #40 |  eaglemedic101 | 

    RON PAUL 2012. The war on drugs is useless. Its just a war on it’s own citizens, Unless you stock in Prison Industrial Complex.

  41. #41 |  Nick T. | 

    As infuriating as the DEA stooges disingenuous nonsense is, the main takeaway is that this story is just heartbreaking. It encapsulates everything wrong about the out-of-control authoritarianism of the US, both home and abroad. It also shows how each technocrat of the state apparatus is just playing his individual role but keeps the whole crushing system barrelling forward to its ultimate end of destroying the lives of powerless, common, and above-all generally harmless, human beings.

  42. #42 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    …what’s to say he’s not willing to walk out his house and start shooting his neighbors?”

    1. Reason
    2. Sanity
    3. Logic
    4. Effects of weed
    5. All that is holy
    6. Science

    Good luck getting the autopsy report on the dead cop if the shooter was his buddy. I also don’t see a legal reason why they can keep Stewart from his lawyer and/or family.

  43. #43 |  Deoxy | 

    He apparently lived alone. He had a job that he went to regularly.

    Raid his house WHILE HE ISN’T THERE.

    This is not difficult. The number of people willing to be fugitives long term for something like this (especially when you’ve just taken all their stuff and frozen their assets) is minuscule, especially when compared to the body count from raids, heck, even just the officially “accidental” body count (say, from flash bangs, etc).

  44. #44 |  CyniCAl | 

    Sometimes vomiting is the only appropriate response.

  45. #45 |  el coronado | 

    Y’know, that’s a LOT of dead/shot-up heroes for a guy with one (1) handgun. Has anyone asked if the SWAT heroes were carrying full-auto (or even 3-round burst capable) weapons? Show us the report on the dead hero; trot out the injured heroes for their just dues. Let us *see* the damage done by this sinister fiend. (Unless, of course, the injuries are all in their backs – that could be a tad problematic.)

    Maybe the guy was Rambo. Maybe. But maybe the heroes screwed up – and experience tells us the simplest explanation is usually the right one.

  46. #46 |  you all are stupid | 

    You all are stupid. YOur rants about how bad these cops are and how great this innocent pot grower is. how he had to self medicate himself. Did any of you know him?? Of course not or else you would know that he never served one day in combat or even in the middle east. He was a paper pusher. His biggest risk was a paper cut. As far as the tactics the Narcotics Team (not SWAT Team) used, not the best choice. Maybe arrsting him outside of the home or surround the house and call him out? But on the other hand who are we (You and me) no experienced in Police work to second guess them until everything is out. If they did make a mistake you will hear about it. You always do (unlike most of your comments say) and regardless I believe the Consititution allows for fighting unlawful arrest in court not in your front room or in the street. Give the Polcie a little slack. Especially the dead Offcier and his family. He is jsut doing a job.

  47. #47 |  sux2bme | 

    “It’s not a legalization issue, it’s not an immigration issue, it’s a public safety issue. If someone is willing to shoot it out with police, who is self-medicating on marijuana, what’s to say he’s not willing to walk out his house and start shooting his neighbors?” Smith says.

    Just another example of marijuana being so powerful as to alter the judgement of people who don’t even use it.

  48. #48 |  you all are stupid | 

    i would have to agree with sux2beme. Of course most of the people posting comments on this page are pot heads themselves.

  49. #49 |  Carolyn | 

    I have a friend who was killed by a cop on her 30th birthday because she was in a car with a guy who was wanted on some minor warrant.

    A cop tried to stop him, he put the pedal to the metal, and instead of giving up the chase because it was a minor offense, the cop continued to pursue at speeds in excess of 110 mph through residential areas of urban Portland. (Ironically, my friend was deathly afraid of being in a car when the driver was exceeding the speed limit. She would ask to be let out, and would walk to where she was going, rather than ride with someone who was speeding.)

    The driver eventually failed to make a turn, her arm was ripped off at the shoulder as they sideswiped a tree, and moments later she was ejected through the front windshield.

    I’m not condoning having outstanding warrants, the driver’s role in the tragedy, etc. Just saying the cop chose to use lethal vehicular force over a non-violent offense, and that–although all too common–was wrong. The driver went to prison for a few years for involuntary manslaughter, but the cop was never even prosecuted.

    And it was just a minor squib buried in the newspaper. Why was there no public outrage over this young woman’s death at the hands of police?

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  51. #51 |  Brian Tucker | 

    Apparently I’m just stupid, the DEA budget request for 2012 is $2,364,104,000 and with DOJ, Border Patrol, DOD, state and local contributions to the “war on drugs” we’re pushing $4+Billion, right? “no knock” warrants are to keep “pushers” from flushing the evidence, right? If I design a $500 device that severs sewer lines so that any evidence placed in a commode becomes trapped so that a simple pump can collect it for police and prosecutors, and we get a bomb squad robot to go up and knock on the door so that no armed conflict can occur, unless armed lunatics burst out of the location guns blazing, we can stop executing innocents and criminals, without benefit of trial, and save like $2+Billion a year, right? Anybody really think this would work? Sadly, I don’t.

  52. #52 |  Whim | 

    Please, God, let there be righteous justice for Mr. Matthew Stewart.

    He is sorely oppressed by the Forces of Darkness, and in need of your love and guidance in his hour of despair, hurt, and ominous oppression.

    Let him be heartened by his belief in your love and wisdom, and heartened in to face his evil oppressors, just as the Apostle Paul was once imprisoned for preaching of your love.

    In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  53. #53 |  John David Galt | 

    It’s a public safety issue, all right, but Mr. Stewart isn’t the one who has shown he can and will shoot innocent bystanders and get away with it.

    Thank God our country has at least one hero who will shoot back at SWAT thugs. May he face a jury of 12 people like me who have had enough.

  54. #54 |  stupidamerkin | 

    This Smith nazi obviously comes from the generation of violent video games and watching SWAT movies. Legalize drugs? Too much money involved to legalize drugs and a threat to big pharma’s profits. The real profits go to the dealers and those pretending to protect by force. The only victim in this movie was Matthew. Smith and his drones drew first blood. Who was this man hurting when these nazis came to attack him? It is really sad and an atrocity that one nazi was shot and killed. I’m sure he had a family too, but that’s ok, Smith will go on with his life and his twisted mind set of Mr. Badass who is going to take down anyone who uses drugs. This demented power monger needs to do some research.
    15 to 20 thousand people die each year in this country using so called street illegal drugs while over a hundred thousand die using scripted pharma drugs.

    Another dynamic to this madness of police state raids is the adrenalin rushes that these SWAT nazis get addicted too. Why the hell can’t people leave people alone unless they are harming others or committing real crimes? The only crimes I see being committed are mostly those claiming they are protecting others. From what?

    They say crime does not pay, but that depends on what side of the bench you are on.

    “It’ is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society”.

  55. #55 |  What a Mess | 

    I have not read “ONE” Pro Cop Comment yet. I sure hope the 99% ers here VOTE.

  56. #56 |  el coronado | 

    “VOTE”??

    WTF for? This kind of crap has been going on since at least the demonic republican Nixon, right? Then it accelerated during the administration of the foul democrat Carter. Then it got *even worse* under the profoundly evil republicans Reagan and Bush 1. Then it got *much worse* under the satanic democrat Clinton. Evil Incarnate republican Bush 2 made it that much worse: there were rumors for the first time of human sacrifices. And now here we are under the archfiend democrat Obama……

    And nothing’s changed; and the rate of atrocity ramp-up continues unabated. Hell, now – again under the ‘people’s friend’, Barry O, you can get hassled/tased/arrested/shot (if you do it just right) for taking their freakin’ **pictures**.

    What exactly do you think “voting for change” will do except give us a new figurehead/boogeyman to grumble about?

  57. #57 |  Bobo legreedy | 

    It seems almost everyone believes in the 4th amendment based on the comments in this blog site. This is a good start. The money & power machine pays for all of our government intrusion via taxes. Unfortunately once a government intrusion machine gets funded all the people employed by the machine will fight to keep it going to feed their own kids. It’s so easy to be corrupt and justify ones actions to keep a paycheck coming in. What would they do without their job ? Work at Walmart ? 14000 seat funeral ? Definitely a power & money group statement. What happened scares the he’ll out of power & money. It is a breakdown of the illusion of power that the goverment wants the people to have. They want use to cower down on our knees to power & money. That way they can do whatever they want. The goverment is actually powerless compared to the population, and power and money knows it. 14000 seat funeral ? Show of power maybe you think ? The machine needs to be severely cut in funding of men and weapons, funded in class room training that should be understanding thoroughly the constitution of the United States for the officers and their superiors, judges, polititians, and especially the power & money group. These types of tragic incidents would then rarely happen. This raid should have never been allowed, the citizens are not to be used for practice in terror.

  58. #58 |  Fuckthe agitator | 

    After I piss I shake my dick to get the last drop of piss. Would this be called The Agitator ?

  59. #59 |  FreedomIsn'tFree | 

    I think that those cops deserved everything they got for targeting sick people. Anyone who wants to make a sick or injured person suffer through pain and agony, should be forced to suffer themselves. Matthew Stewart is the hero here, not the corrupt federal agents.

  60. #60 |  Joe in Missouri | 

    I would like to know the details how of how he shot 5 of the SOB’s. All Americans should learn effective tactics to kill thugs that break into our homes.

    Perhaps if Americans actually start fighting back against these ball-less criminal thugs they will think twice about murdering and violating the rights of American citizens.

    Better yet I like the idea of locating the homes of these thugs and doing no knock raids on their homes. Shooting their dogs, putting guns in their kids faces, accidentally shooting them when they try to defend themselves. IF they survive – then arrest them for treason and violation of inalienable rights.

    Sounds reasonable to me as every peaceful tactic has failed with these demons from hell. What do you think?

  61. #61 |  Joe in Missouri | 

    You are right Matthew Stewart is a hero. We need more Americans like him that will stand up to tyranny.

    If you live in that area make an effort to get on the jury and find this man innocent. In fact the system should pay him huge damages for what they have done to him.

  62. #62 |  Guy | 

    The DEA is a PRIVATE company. See here: http://www.manta.com/c/mm8zpcz/us-drug-enforcement-admin

    “US Drug Enforcement Admin in Salt Lake City, UT is a private company categorized under Public Order and Safety Statistics Centers. Our records show it was established in and incorporated in Utah.”

    Did Matthew have a valid contract with these private contractors who burst into his home, with ill intent?

  63. #63 |  el coronado | 

    Ever hear of Vicki & Samuel Weaver? Donald Scott? The hundreds of other, lesser-known victims of this crap? Or do you just really really suck at attempted sarcasm?

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  65. #65 |  DAVID PFLEGL | 

    after getting a search warrant that said to serve in daylight hours 25 utah task force officers raided my home in Jan 2010 after dark (they like to play with their machine guns and black uniforms at night) arrested, almost a month in jail charged with 20 federal counts and with 20 state counts. plead no contest to 1 count federal and 1 count state. got probation on both the fed charge and the state charge. all this reads like a nightmare, its the machine gun mentality of all these “task force clowns” and it will continue to get people hurt or killed. fact.

    recent enactment is now going to give the feds the right to hold anyone for anything as long as they want! signed by obama last week.

    watch this case develop and watch for planted evidence on this guys property. watch it real close or he will get life.

  66. #66 |  BullPasture | 

    The cops on the SWAT team are not heroes. They are people who give no thought to the rights of citizens to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. It is most certainly unreasonable to bring a large force of armed officers to a private home where there has been no history of violence and no allegation that anyone is being hurt. Those cops who have given thought to this and still go on these raids are both cowards and thugs.

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