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Article posted Oct 13 2011, 8:54 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: InformationLiberation Print

SWAT Team Flash-bangs Grandmother During Botched Drug Raid, Gives Her Heart Attack

SWAT Team Finds No Drugs & Makes No Arrests
Chris | InformationLiberation

The Gazette reports:
A Colorado Springs grandmother who suffered a heart attack when drug agents stormed into her home in 2009 has filed suit claiming the officers’ tactics were “extreme, unreasonable and outrageous.”

Rose Ann Santistevan, 71, is suing for medical expenses and noneconomic losses such as pain and suffering.

An emphysema sufferer, Santistevan was alone in bed receiving oxygen on Oct. 6, 2009, when a multijurisdictional SWAT task force with a search warrant surrounded her home in the 200 block of South Prospect Street. They threw in a flash-bang grenade before rushing in with guns drawn, authorities have confirmed.

Stricken by a heart attack, Santistevan was admitted in critical condition at Memorial Hospital Central, where she remained for several days. A search of her home yielded no arrests and turned up no drugs, the family said.

The personal injury suit — filed in June in U.S. District Court in Denver — marks the latest allegation to plague a major drug operation dubbed Operation Jeez Luis.

The seven-month probe was spearheaded by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and involved the multiagency Metro, Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Unit. It includes members of Colorado Springs police and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, who are named as defendants along with the FBI.
Santistevan’s home was searched on a day when her son and other relatives were arrested during a series of SWAT raids in Colorado Springs.

The family said agents were watching the home and should have known Santistevan, who is disabled, would be alone.

Joseph Santistevan, a son who wasn’t implicated in the drug ring, said the authorities believed Perez had been hiding drugs inside his mother’s home after seeing him carry in a birthday cake for a relative’s party.

Representatives of the agencies involved couldn’t be reached for comment.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lt. Lari Sevene defended the raid in 2009, saying a SWAT task force was acting on information gathered during the investigation.

“You have to look at the individuals we’re dealing with and what their prior history is,” she said, referring to the drug suspects.
In other words, it's A-OK we flash-banged an innocent grandmother because we thought her house might have a substance some bureaucrats arbitrarily declared illegal. This is what your tax money goes towards.

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Posted: Oct 13 2011, 1:50 PM

67142 The police have gotten out of hand. Remember, you have the right of lethal force for self defense if you think you life is in danger. A drawn gun would be good evidence that your life is in danger.

Posted: Oct 13 2011, 2:03 PM

72245 Sue the out from those rats granny. They are the of the corrupt system. Amen!

Posted: Oct 13 2011, 2:20 PM

7157 Good I hope she gets 500 Million Dollars

Posted: Oct 13 2011, 2:20 PM

7157 Nazi Criminals

Posted: Oct 13 2011, 3:18 PM

173162 A**holes!

Posted: Oct 13 2011, 3:49 PM

1963 Pigs!

Posted: Oct 13 2011, 4:22 PM

1250 please i am begging please sue them for everything. today nypd said they set ppl up!! unbelievable!! cant wait til the war on drugs is over!! Resiculous!!!

Posted: Oct 13 2011, 6:08 PM

69109 The cops have extensive intelligence before they enter an address and knew who was there!
It was a deliberate dynamic entry to keep swat trained/current.
They think they can kill with impunity. If they do it at the wrong place and get hurt
I won't shed any tears!

Posted: Oct 13 2011, 11:13 PM

688 how do we get EVERYBODY TO BOYCOTT EVERYTHING?PUT DOWN YOUR PHONES AND DON,T RENEW 300 MILLION PHONES TIMES 40 DLL.PER MONTH1.2 BILLION,NOW THAT IS A STATEMENT!We can do this throughout the spectrum of Americas various political/economic markets that will force the return of the constitution and smaller government .bet the d.v. of cops doubles and most violent crime increases will be commited by ?A lot of crime will disappear when the govt, shrinks.sorry about the rant. I wonder if we could try for don,t want to set bar to high just 1 swat free day before the year ends.

Posted: Oct 15 2011, 6:56 PM

6835 I'd be busting some caps in somebody's ass.

Posted: Oct 20 2011, 12:38 AM

69131 ITT: everyone is 12 years old

Posted: Oct 25 2011, 4:53 AM

193190 Lindy: "No Knock Raid" - a song about the drug war's deadliest tactic

youtube com /watch?v=pV7u91A3KGQ
Mary Jane

Posted: Jan 22 2012, 6:31 PM

50135 This is so sad. I can't understand why someone would think it's ok to toss a flash grenade into the home of a single elderly woman. They could have knocked on the door, shown her the warrant, and searched her house as disrespectfully as they liked without endangering her. At least this way she can sue their pants off. Too bad the whole system that runs our lives is a corrupt one and she'll probably have to settle out of court. #fucktheman
James Smith

Posted: Jul 24 2014, 1:18 PM

187115 I suspect many may be missing the point here. Like the entire TSA operation, incidents like this are only to make Americans aware they no longer live in a free country. Both methods are succeeding very well.

Fortunately, I have already gotten out. I encourage others to do so while it is still possible. Remember, the fences and laws to keep "them" out can also be used to keep you in. That's how it's started in other totalitarian societies and it's working in the USA right now.
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