SWAT Team Brings TV Crew To Film Raid Against Threatening Internet Critic -- Raids Innocent Grandma InsteadChris | InformationLiberation
Jun. 26, 2012
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Evansville, Indiana police intent on "sending a message" that online threats against police will not be tolerated organized a massive raid against a forum troll on an online forum. The police decided to bring a TV crew to film their raid against their critic, they also brought a SWAT team. Rather than knock on the accused's front door, which was wide open, the police instead threw two flash-bang stun grenades through their front window and storm door.
Unfortunately, rather than finding the home occupied by a gun-toting cop killer, they found an entirely innocent grandmother and 18-year-old girl, who were both shocked and confused.
Via The Courier Press:
EVANSVILLE -- Stephanie Milan, 18, was relaxing in her family's living room Thursday watching the Food Network when a heavily armed squad of Evansville police officers arrived on the front porch.[Note: The police reportedly threw two flash-bangs according to another local station, WFIE News, they said they threw one through their front window and another through their storm door, see below.]
Stephanie Milan said she managed to remain calm because she knew her family hadn't done anything wrong. Still, she was stunned and confused.The report goes on to state the news organization asked for a copy of their search warrant, but the County Clerks Office says they have no record of it, and the police and county prosecutor are refusing to produce it.
I did some digging with Google and I found a cached page containing the threatening comments. Check it out here. The user who posted the threatening comments is likely "usarmy," here's the posts in question:
usarmy,He also posted:
Cops be aware.Note:I am proud of my county,but I hate police of any kind..I have explosives.:) made in America.Evansville will feel my pain.guess who's in the river.Here's a video report from another station, WFIE News. For whatever reason, they ignore the fact the SWAT team brought a TV crew along with them, though they report there were two flash-bangs involved and not one.:
Two U.S. judges have recently ruled that an IP address is not a valid way to identify a person. IP addresses change frequently and can be spoofed, also other people can log onto open wifi accounts. Under no circumstances should an armed invasion be launched based off a random IP address.
If you ask me, the film crew who filmed this raid needs to release all their footage. This was an incredibly foolish and violent act which could have ended with innocents being murdered in their home. The threats could have been investigated with a simple phone call, charges could have been filed in a civil fashion, the situation could have been diffused a multitude of different ways. Instead, the police wanted to "send a message," mafia style, that no one dare threaten their "gang." An innocent grandmother and 18-yr-old ended up getting flash-banged and raided as a result.
Unfortunately, this isn't the first innocent grandmother flash-banged during a botched raid, nor is it the second, it's likely it will not be the last.
UPDATE: The video was finally released two years later. It shows the police smashed their glass door down and staged an Iraq-style invasion in full military gear with assault rifles into the family's home, terrorizing them with flash-bangs, then cuffing the entire family at gunpoint. The cops are even seen cuffing an old grandmother sitting in her chair doing nothing in the name of "officer safety." After searching through the entire house, the cops have a good laugh at how quickly their glass door smashed to their battering ram, evidently the ease at which they can break into peoples' homes amuses them.
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