Another Isolated Incident

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Why is the ATF doing drug raids, anyway?

Rochester police and federal agents made a mistake in Charlotte this week that has one woman baffled and frightened. She wants to know how they could mistake her house for one they were supposed to raid in a drug bust.

“I was sitting in my living room texting on my phone and I heard somebody come in my back door. I didn’t realize at the time what they were saying, but ultimately they were yelling out A-T-F, A-T-F.”

Nancy Dominicos says what happened next at her home on Tiernan Street Wednesday night is almost unbelievable.

“I thought it was a family member pulling a joke on me. And all of the sudden I looked up and they were in my dinning room pointing a loaded gun at me telling me they had a federal warrant to search my premises.”

Dominicos says she kept telling the three ATF agents this wasn’t right. They told her they were searching for narcotics and asked if anyone else was home. She said her adult son was upstairs and that’s when this story almost turned tragic.

“My son had heard me arguing with this man and it was not a voice he’d recognize. My son is a hunter, he put a bullet in the chamber of his gun. They heard that, they yelled down long gun, at that point there he told another ATF agent that was with me, handcuff her and take her out,” Dominicos said.

Thankfully Dominicos’ son recognized it was law enforcement and put the gun down right away . . . Police sent us a statement, saying they entered the home through an unlocked side door and quote:

“Upon encountering an elderly resident, the team realized that they were at the wrong location at that time and left the premises.” . . .

“I’m still terrified. It’s almost like a P.T.S.D. experience, you keep hearing things. You think oh my God I hear a door slam, I hear someone pulling into my driveway. I see a light it’s like oh my God are they back?”

“How could they make that mistake, how could they make that mistake?”

You’re just collateral damage, Ms. Dominico.

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27 Responses to “Another Isolated Incident”

  1. #1 |  Fred Mangels | 

    No other comment to make but GARY JOHNSON FOR PRESIDENT!
    http://www.garyjohnson2012.com

  2. #2 |  tarran | 

    “I’m still terrified. It’s almost like a P.T.S.D. experience,

    You are wrong, madame. It is PTSD. Your home was invaded by armed men who assaulted you and put you in fear for your and your loved ones’ lives.

    Interesting that the BAFTE were looking for narcotics….

  3. #3 |  Bergman | 

    The son wasn’t shot. So on the bright side, we won’t be reading about those ATF officers being honored for their courage under fire in a few months.

    I’m curious though. If a citizen gets into a shootout with police while committing a crime, the citizen is not honored for courage under fire. But if a cop gets into a shootout while committing a crime (the warrant is what allows law enforcement to do things that would normally be crimes, and an invalid warrant is null and void), the cop gets honored for his courage.

    How exactly do you justify giving medals to people who displayed courage under fire while in the act of committing multiple felonies, without justifying giving medals to ALL such criminals?

  4. #4 |  (B)oscoH, Yogurt Eater | 

    Why is the ATF doing drug raids, anyway?

    I’ve got this one. Maybe they just needed some pain killers.

  5. #5 |  Dave Krueger | 

    She should have known better than be at a location that the ATF was going to accidentally raid. She’s lucky they didn’t shoot her for that reason alone.

  6. #6 |  ksmith | 

    ATF doing drug raids isn’t new:

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-atf-brooklyn-bust-20110915,0,5667065.story

  7. #7 |  croaker | 

    PTSD is worth about $5 million, wouldn’t you say?

  8. #8 |  Personanongrata | 

    So much for surveilling the target.

    If the ATF clowns would have practised even the most basic surveillence techniques they would have known they had the wrong address.

    Why didn’t these ATF clowns just knock?

    This is US government sponsored domestic terrorism being practised against the American public on “official” whim with depraved indifference to human life and private property it serves no purpose other then to terrorise.

    These types of state sponsored actions harken back to the (not-so)by-gone tactics emplyeed in the USSR via Stalin’s Narodnyy Komissariat Vnutrennikh Del (NKVD) or The People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs.

  9. #9 |  Bryant | 

    Sucker punched him eh? What a pussy.

  10. #10 |  marie | 

    Yes, it IS PTSD. I still have flashbacks from the search at my house over a year ago.

    My heart goes out to her and to her son.

  11. #11 |  Aresen | 

    I am just glad that the son is alive and well, even though that is something I should not have to write about an encounter between an innocent person and a LEO.

    TBS, there seems to be a considerable distance between:

    “at that point there he told another ATF agent that was with me, handcuff her and take her out,” Dominicos said.

    and

    “Upon encountering an elderly resident, the team realized that they were at the wrong location at that time and left the premises.” . . .

  12. #12 |  Eric O | 

    …for the same reason the National Guard does them, I suppose.

  13. #13 |  awp | 

    I already think it is bullshit that yelling “Police” upon forcible entry into a home means anything. But how the fu** is anybody supposed to immediately know what the Hell A-T-F means. Are we supposed to just cower in a corner anytime someone breaks into our home yelling a random set of three letters.

  14. #14 |  Aresen | 

    @ awp | June 21st, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Considering the number of wrong door raids, maybe they should yell “W-T-F” instaead. ;}

  15. #15 |  a_random_guy | 

    Yelling “ATD”? Are we supposed to automatically recognize every bit of alphabet soup in the government? So they might yell “DEA” or, god forbid “FDA”? Heck, the Department of Education has a SWAT team, so you had better watch out for “DoE” while your at it.

    As another poster said: if they had a warrant, why didn’t they just knock like civilized people?

  16. #16 |  CB | 

    >Why is the ATF doing drug raids, anyway?

    Because they are .gov and they can!

    Seriously, it is because they can! It is impossible to successfully defend oneself against their violence. It’s the same as the explanation Fernando “Ferfal” Aguirre offers to explain the rampant rapes and murders committed by muggers and thieves in post-economic collapse Argentina. Why don’t they just steal their victims property and leave? Why do they rape and murder too. In “Surviving the Economic Collapse” Ferfal explains that they do it simply because they can.

  17. #17 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Why is the ATF doing drug rraids? Because they are a bunch of low impulse control cowboys who love to play Eliot Ness?

    Could somebody tell me; back when Clinton first took office I remember reading that the ATF was fond of high-tension raids on ‘weapons stashes’, but tended to handle the evidence so casually that subsequent trials almost always ended without convictions. Is this still the case?

  18. #18 |  hilzoy fangirl | 

    ATF drug raids aren’t even the most puzzling thing the feds do. See, e.g., ICE child pornography knock-and-talks: http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=8733849005918966072

  19. #19 |  Sean | 

    I remember hearing back during the Clinton years (not long after Waco) there was an ATF raid where a female ATF agent stomped a kitten to death. Luckily these people (apparently) didn’t have a kitten or any dogs.

  20. #20 |  Linda | 

    Years ago my husband was in construction and had to go on an emergency call. The police conducting a raid had kicked in the door on the wrong house. At the time I really believed that it was an isolated incident. I had no idea I would be reading about this happening so often. It is just shocking how OFTEN this happens.

  21. #21 |  StrangeOne | 

    Off-topic:

    Radley, please tell me you saw this video with Jared Pollis grilling DEA official Michele Leonhart. Its almost surreal the degree to which she refuses to answer basic questions.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_cjLqDMqGI

  22. #22 |  perlhaqr | 

    I know it’s a stupid thing to get exercised about, but I’m just freaking the fuck out at this particular moment that this is apparently the FIFTY FIRST TIME Radley has used this particular headline, presumably in similar circumstances.

    I mean, seriously, What The Fuck?

  23. #23 |  Ariel | 

    “How exactly do you justify giving medals to people who displayed courage under fire while in the act of committing multiple felonies, without justifying giving medals to ALL such criminals?”

    Because Police are never criminals while carrying out a raid, no matter how impaired they are in determining the right address, no matter how knowingly bogus the informant’s info, and no matter what they do after entering.

    “Upon encountering an elderly resident, the team realized that they were at the wrong location at that time and left the premises…”

    So nothing really happened. Being handcuffed, no big deal.

    Ms. Dominico should be happy that they didn’t shoot her son then tear her house into a shambles (really an act of adolescence that so many cops seem to enjoy) while he lie bleeding.

    So what the hell was ATF doing on a narcotics raid? Just to keep their version, or Rochester’s, of SWAT busy? If you have a hammer…

  24. #24 |  Dante | 

    “How could they make that mistake, how could they make that mistake?”

    Because none of them will ever be held accountable for making mistakes, that is how they could make that mistake (over and over and over again).

    Protect & Serve (Themselves!)

  25. #25 |  H. Reardon | 

    perlhaqr – dispite your coherently worded post, I will take your incomprehensible handle and assume that you are using english as a second language. That, and mental illness, is the only reason I can imagine that you would be ‘freaking the fuck out’ over the repeated use of the headline ‘Another Isolated Incident’. Assuming that mental illness is not the issue, I provide the following link for your edification: Irony

  26. #26 |  Vic Kelley | 

    I’m sorry that Ms. Dominicos’ son wasn’t able to engage the armed intruders. He had every right to defend himself and his mother, and having to rely on the mercy of armed, violent wackos is dangerous.

    As for the questioning of ATF agents and why they were on a drug raid that’s a good question. I never accepted their reasoning for being in on that bust of the alleged child abuse at Mount Carmel outside Waco, TX on 02/28/93. Sheriffs deputies or TX Rangers should’ve done that.

  27. #27 |  kino | 

    this wouldn’t have happened if she’d lived in a nicer neighborhood … get a job granny !!

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