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Analysis posted Jun 26 2012, 4:51 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: InformationLiberation Print

SWAT Team Brings TV Crew To Film Raid Against Threatening Internet Critic -- Raids Innocent Grandma Instead

Chris | InformationLiberation

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.

Dressed in full protective gear, police broke the storm door of the home at 616 East Powell Ave. -- the Milans' front door was already open on the hot summer day. They also broke a front window. They tossed a flashbang stun grenade into the living room that made a deafening blast. A short distance away, a local television crew's cameras were rolling. The police had invited the station to videotape the forced entry of the residence.
[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.

After speaking to Milan and her grandmother, Louise, police determined those inside the house had nothing to do with their investigation.

Police were executing a search warrant for computer equipment, which they said was used to make anonymous and specific online threats against police and their families on the website topix.com.

"The front door was open. It's not like anyone was in there hiding," said Ira Milan, Stephanie's grandfather and owner of the property for many years. "To bring a whole SWAT team seems a little excessive."

Ira Milan said the perpetrator of the threats likely used Stephanie's Internet service connection from an outside location, which led police to the East Powell Avenue address.

But Police Chief Billy Bolin said, "We have no way of being able to tell that," and the concerning Internet posts "definitely come back to that address."

"I think it was a show of force that they are not going to tolerate this," said Ira Milan, "But what about the residents and what they have to tolerate?"

After noting he has lived there for 30 years, Milan said, "No one has ever been arrested at my house."

Bolin said Friday that department records indicated relatives associated with the address had criminal histories.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said Friday he spoke to Bolin about the incident and was satisfied that police were justified in forcibly entering the home.

"They had what they thought were very specific threats against police officers, their families and the communities," Winnecke said.

He said police told him that the Milans' storm door and window were being repaired at city expense.

Workers were at the Milan home on Friday repairing the storm door and broken window. Carpet inside the house was stained with black residue from the flashbang grenade.

Ira Milan said police offered to pay for the damage. Laptops and a cellphone belonging to Stephanie Milan -- a May graduate of Signature School who will attend the University of Southern Indiana this fall and major in radiology -- were seized in the raid and remained in police possession on Friday.

Bolin said the SWAT team used its standard "knock and announce" procedure of knocking on the wall and repeating the words "police search warrant" three times before entering.

The police chief said the procedure doesn't require officers to wait for a response.

"It's designed to distract," he said.

The decision to use force

Police used what they called a law enforcement threat matrix to determine the proper response to information in the posts. One post mentioned explosives, and another specifically named Bolin and referenced the area where he lives. But no other officers' names or addresses were identified.

Sgt. Jason Cullum, a police department spokesman, said one person had posted that he possessed explosives, and that "Evansville is going to feel the pain." That threat, Cullum said, played a major role in dictating the police response.

Cullum said the conversation at topix.com which concerned officers began under a blog headline.

"It said, 'EPD leak: Officers' addresses given out,' or something along those lines. There were some generalized comments about people not liking the police, and that didn't really concern us," Cullum said, but then the threats became more specific and suggested officers' families could be at risk.

Time stamps on the postings indicated that they were made Wednesday evening. Cullum defended the department's action.

"We brought them out and talked to them," Cullum said of the Milans. "They were released at the scene. Investigators felt they were not involved in the posting.

"This is a little more difficult that a traditional crime scene, because we're dealing with the Internet. They definitely weren't expecting (a SWAT team at the door). The reason we did that is the threats were specific enough, and the potential for danger was there.

"This is a big deal to us," Cullum said. "This may be just somebody who was online just talking stupid. What I would suggest to anybody who visits websites like that is that their comments can be taken literally."
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,
Huntingburg, IN

Lol at all da cops commenting,f#+k the police.you mfs need to b taught a lesson,always harassing n violating mfs rights. 4th of July a cops house gonna get hit.dont care about your kids or btchs lives.I dnt even care bout my own life.I got my reasons..times ticking.
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.
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Anonymous

Posted: Jun 26 2012, 6:52 AM

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50104 Hey SWAT morons! Come try that in Indiana and see what happens. We can lawfully resist the tyranny of stupidity.

Do they actually pay these people (SWAT Officers) money to be so incredibly stupid?

Grandma should sue. If some randomly careless woman can sue McDonalds and get $3 million then this grandma should be able to get $30 million based on the stress and duress these goofs have caused her.

I feel sorry for the keystone cops that are so stupid as to believe their orders and ignorant enough to execute them. They will meet their maker at some point. Will they avoid the lake of fire by saying, "I was just following orders!"

Wake up dumbasses! You SWAT people are being used by a crooked government to do crooked things. They may TELL you one thing but THEY ARE LIARS and your actions are treason. You took an oath. Stand by it instead of flushing your honor down the toilet.
Anonymous

Posted: Jun 26 2012, 6:59 AM

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50104 ....and the lead officer said they wouldn't change a thing.

The terror and problems they caused MEAN NOTHING TO THEM. You're all just a bunch of hapless sheep to them and THEY DON'T GIVE A DAMN!

*THIS* is why the law in Indiana has changed because not only are they dumb enough to make mistakes like this, they also don't care enough to change their practices.

When the lead officer said he wouldn't change a thing, the reporter should have reached out and slapped him accross his treasonous mouth. His unconstitutional attitude should get him jail time.

Dumbass...
Anonymous

Posted: Jun 26 2012, 7:24 AM

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50135 This is a psy-op. The fake outcome of this event was intentional, as was the media (and Internet... including this web site) coverage.

This staged news event is designed to make the TV viewer think it is a good idea to get rid of anonymity on the Internet.
Anonymous

Posted: Jun 26 2012, 7:27 AM

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9796 "If given the chance, we wouldn't do anything different". Spoken from a true asshole.
Anonymous

Posted: Jun 26 2012, 7:34 AM

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50104 I disagree, 50135, I think it brings out the stupidity and beastly nature of police. Their ineptitude is manifold. Besides, technically, the anonymity of the internet is necessary otherwise you could never say anything.

Its is kind of comical how the conspiracy theorists say "nothing you do is anonymous on the internet" then you say this is a psyop to show how the anonymity of the internet need to be gone.

Well, which is it?

I think you give this hapless jackboots WAY TOO MUCH CREDIT. But, thats better than being careless, I suppose. No, I think its just a stupid mistake by government paid officials that are way more into getting paid that into catching crooks.

Don't get me wrong, I don't applaud the jerk who sent the threats. That is a true crime with true victims. No one should have to worry about such things, however, does anyone on the planet think that raiding the homes of innocent people based on their IP address will make things better? Today, the Evansville SWAT team is the laughingstock of the nation. ...and the guy they were after, hes laughing his ass off! There are dozens of open networks in the city. Simple to find, simple to use. All one has to do is drive around with a laptop.
Dennis in MI

Posted: Jun 26 2012, 8:51 AM

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24213 Yo Anonymous 50104, If anonymity isn't important, why are you anonymous? They are watching us and they have been for @25years and that's conspiracy fact not theory. I'm definetly on a few govt lists and because I post from home and work I'm certainly not anonymous.
I totally agree that this PD are assholes and power trippn'. The trouble is, when these people sue, the taxpayers pay for the gang activity of the so called public servants.
TP

Posted: Jun 26 2012, 4:00 PM

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9944 Umm, Anon #50104, this DID happen in Indiana...
Hooder

Posted: Jun 26 2012, 4:22 PM

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17318 Total bullshit. There is absolutely nothing that requires this type of action.
Anonymous

Posted: Jun 26 2012, 4:46 PM

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75129 It would have been cool if granny had an AK under her blouse and fired on those assholes. It's legal in Indiana!
Trell

Posted: Jun 26 2012, 7:44 PM

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12104 50135:

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

~ Robert J. Hanlon
Anonymous

Posted: Jun 26 2012, 10:11 PM

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6549 Dumb motherfuckers.
Anonymous

Posted: Jun 27 2012, 2:04 AM

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71160 Sad to say, this isnt a problem that is localized any more. With President obama's signing of the NDAA bill into law over the new year's holiday, things like this are not only legal but :

* Dont need warrants
* American citizens can be detained and/or killed
* due process is a thing of the past

Conspiracy theorists have been claiming the US is growing more Nazilike for a LONG time... They claim fema detention camps on US soil, they claim "chemtrails, they claim many things... the facts are this:

* The Patriot acts I and II were the 1st step in the stripping away of rights that were supposedly guaranteed to all citizens
* the NDAA and other laws passed before it stripped away the rest of our rights.

I am not saying it WILL happen, but the pathway has been cleared over the last 20 years to a dictorial government seizing power of the US through military force. There is nothing presently in the way of us waking up tomorrow morning and finding our country under martial law, the military present in force to conduct mass arrests without warrant, and to detain citizens without due process.

Some facts for you:
* The US has more citizens incarcerated PER CAPITA than any other nation in the world
* The US spends more money on the military and defense than the 26 other top countries COMBINED

These two facts alone should be a wake up call to the people but the people - like the people in pre-war Germany don't think it could happen here.
Anonymous

Posted: Jun 27 2012, 4:00 AM

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9945 "because we're dealing with the Internet"

lol

Chill out, put the swatter away -because- it's the internet.
Anonymous

Posted: Jun 27 2012, 5:15 AM

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71212 Drug Raid at 4AM all over again, silly merehumes, the internet and computers have been around since before you began your careers or were even born in some cases, and you think that you can just plow through just cause, reasonable cause, and the 1st amendment, because you visited 4chan one day, and don't understand the concept of dynamic IPs?

Really?

Why not raid Comcast instead, they're the ones with records of their IPs. Or you know, raid the members of the MPAA, RIAA, Justice Dept, CIA, and FBI who use their connections to perform acts of piracy and terrorism, HUH?

Or is that just too hard for your primitive minds to comprehend? Or how about raiding REAL criminals for once, hmmm? Too much effort? Didn't have a handgun to plant on the granny or her daughter? Grow up kids.
Anonymous

Posted: Jun 27 2012, 6:30 AM

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5036 Wow, talk about a bunch of scumbag street gang thugs the police department there is.

Every cop on the force that thinks it was "justified" needs to be fired.

it's to PROTECT AND SERVE. Not do the bidding of your gangs leader.
Anonymous

Posted: Jun 27 2012, 4:42 PM

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76193 The New Bolsheviks! Stalin would be proud. He was a jew
Anonymous

Posted: Jun 27 2012, 10:14 PM

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2498 This is what's so wrong with the militarization of the police. It might be OK to toss grenades into a house in Iraq or Afghanistan because someone thinks there's a threat; it's not OK in America. Their whole rationalization is because some internet troll threatened a cop's family; so why is it OK to grenade someone else's family? Grandma and granddaughter. Yell 3 times then go in hot. And they always say the same thing; "We wouldn't do anything differently"
Anonymous

Posted: Jun 28 2012, 4:38 AM

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97104 It is deplorable that the police did this, based on so little evidence. Not only did they abuse a law-abiding citizen, but they warned "usarmy" that he was about to be arrested.

And that's bad, because "usarmy" deserves to be arrested. When are people going to learn that death threats to the police, death threats to public officials, death threats to liberals, death threats to conservatives, death threats to neighbors, death threats to spouses, death threats to kids, and death threats to clergy, are NOT OK?

Isaac Asimov wrote that, "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." To that, I add, "...and anyone who proves they are incompetent by resorting to violence, or THREAT of violence, DESERVES to be arrested."
Anonymous

Posted: Jul 03 2012, 11:17 AM

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87195 The Cops are the biggest Criminal Gang in this country - and the Sheep keep believing that the Pigs are there to protect them. WAKE UP SHEEP!.

Fight Crime - Shoot Back.

Your Right of Defense Against Unlawful Arrest

“Citizens may resist unlawful arrest to the point of taking an arresting officer's life if necessary.” Plummer v. State, 136 Ind. 306. This premise was upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States in the case: John Bad Elk v. U.S., 177 U.S. 529. The Court stated: “Where the officer is killed in the course of the disorder which naturally accompanies an attempted arrest that is resisted, the law looks with very different eyes upon the transaction, when the officer had the right to make the arrest, from what it does if the officer had no right. What may be murder in the first case might be nothing more than manslaughter in the other, or the facts might show that no offense had been committed.”

“An arrest made with a defective warrant, or one issued without affidavit, or one that fails to allege a crime is within jurisdiction, and one who is being arrested, may resist arrest and break away. lf the arresting officer is killed by one who is so resisting, the killing will be no more than an involuntary manslaughter.” Housh v. People, 75 111. 491; reaffirmed and quoted in State v. Leach, 7 Conn. 452; State v. Gleason, 32 Kan. 245; Ballard v. State, 43 Ohio 349; State v Rousseau, 241 P. 2d 447; State v. Spaulding, 34 Minn. 3621.

“When a person, being without fault, is in a place where he has a right to be, is violently assaulted, he may, without retreating, repel by force, and if, in the reasonable exercise of his right of self defense, his assailant is killed, he is justified.” Runyan v. State, 57 Ind. 80; Miller v. State, 74 Ind. 1.

“These principles apply as well to an officer attempting to make an arrest, who abuses his authority and transcends the bounds thereof by the use of unnecessary force and violence, as they do to a private individual who unlawfully uses such force and violence.” Jones v. State, 26 Tex. App. I; Beaverts v. State, 4 Tex. App. 1 75; Skidmore v. State, 43 Tex. 93, 903.

“An illegal arrest is an assault and battery. The person so attempted to be restrained of his liberty has the same right to use force in defending himself as he would in repelling any other assault and battery.” (State v. Robinson, 145 ME. 77, 72 ATL. 260).

“Each person has the right to resist an unlawful arrest. In such a case, the person attempting the arrest stands in the position of a wrongdoer and may be resisted by the use of force, as in self- defense.” (State v. Mobley, 240 N.C. 476, 83 S.E. 2d 100).

“One may come to the aid of another being unlawfully arrested, just as he may where one is being assaulted, molested, raped or kidnapped. Thus it is not an offense to liberate one from the unlawful custody of an officer, even though he may have submitted to such custody, without resistance.” (Adams v. State, 121 Ga. 16, 48 S.E. 910).

“Story affirmed the right of self-defense by persons held illegally. In his own writings, he had admitted that ‘a situation could arise in which the checks-and-balances principle ceased to work and the various branches of government concurred in a gross usurpation.’ There would be no usual remedy by changing the law or passing an amendment to the Constitution, should the oppressed party be a minority. Story concluded, ‘If there be any remedy at all ... it is a remedy never provided for by human institutions.’ That was the ‘ultimate right of all human beings in extreme cases to resist oppression, and to apply force against ruinous injustice.’” (From Mutiny on the Amistad by Howard Jones, Oxford University Press, 1987, an account of the reading of the decision in the case by Justice Joseph Story of the Supreme Court.

As for grounds for arrest: “The carrying of arms in a quiet, peaceable, and orderly manner, concealed on or about the person, is not a breach of the peace. Nor does such an act of itself, lead to a breach of the peace.” (Wharton’s Criminal and Civil Procedure, 12th Ed., Vol.2: Judy v. Lashley, 5 W. Va. 628, 41 S.E. 197)
dougo

Posted: Aug 08 2012, 11:42 PM

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687 brainwashed,myopic,pigs!
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