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 |  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.

  2. #2 |  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.

  3. #3 |  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.

  4. #4 |  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”.

  5. #5 |  What a Mess | 

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

  6. #6 |  el coronado | 


    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?

  7. #7 |  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.

  8. #8 |  Fuckthe agitator | 

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

  9. #9 |  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.

  10. #10 |  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?

  11. #11 |  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.

  12. #12 |  Guy | 

    The DEA is a PRIVATE company. See here:

    “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?

  13. #13 |  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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  15. #15 |  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.

  16. #16 |  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.