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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.

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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avatarwayne

Posted: Nov 07 2012, 6:26 PM

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this is why some one else runs a site called www.policestateplanning.com
ARIZONA

Posted: Nov 18 2012, 7:28 PM

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17424 I warned about these guys(demons),they have the death of america on there agenda,no one is going to see the end coming,they'll support these gangs even when they see their neighbors being killed by the police gang,they won't lift a finger to stop it,america can't be saved,get ready for war,its over.................the EVIL has come on america for her sin's against the LORD and the children,obama is the anti-christ and this is really a screwup,cause now he's running america......................
Anonymous

Posted: May 11 2013, 9:16 AM

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6687 Everyone in Indiana knows the police and Eli lilly own them.It has been a police state since the 80\'s. The only businesses still making a profit in the entire state are the prisons.Cops in Indiana never have to answer for ANY mistakes...Google David Bisard... In Indiana cops and government ALWAYS win.Citizens ALWAYS lose.The worst part is its completely accepted as just the way things are here.Always has been.
Anonymous

Posted: Jul 30 2013, 10:32 PM

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18443 1.) they have absolute capability to track the post down to where it came from. mistakes can be made, spoofs and software remote control can occur, but sometimes they find the correct address where it came from.

BUT THAT DOESN'T MAKE IT LEGAL, and it obviously and clearly doesn't make it moral,
AND IT IS NOT,

SO FUCK THEM, TO HELL.

the righteous will be slaughtering them soon, and God will judge ALL they did, including everything in their minds when they did it. they will have NO excuses before God.

civilians: don't fear cops
cops: don't fear civilians
everyone: you should fear God
God sees all, God will judge all,
if you claim to be a Christian then i hope that you will infact be one:
- don't fear death
- killing in self-defense is righteous and you are obliged to do so, passivity is infact a sin in this scenario.

i (and that topix poster) have a right to free speech, and to post it publicly here, topix, anywhere.

armed attack will be met with armed resistance, i promise.

GOOD LUCK RAIDING MY HOME PRICKS, I'M READY, MY SOUL IS READY, IS YOURS? if you even so much as show up - then your soul is going to hell, regardless what day you die.

Anonymous

Posted: Jul 31 2013, 1:31 AM

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12169 a guy is pissed at a "bad cop" story and posts an anonymous rant online (gee, sound like anyone you know? sounds like several million people i know and most definitely myself).

cops track his ip, find a home address, -- wait! stop right there!!!..

this situation as already gone horribly wrong, horribly illegal, immoral, and anti-spiritual.
the man has a 1st ammendment right to speak his opinion and state what he will do if attacked, the attacker's employer is moot.

everything the cops and judge have done already is in violation of law - they are violating law, not the man. i can't underemphasize this point - that they have already begun breaking laws before it even proceeds any further.

if the guy posted "home invaders will be shot" and a career home invader got upset, used hacking methods to find the guy's ip, and home address, and his stalking was discovered,
then the govt/police would act like the home invader has done a terrible thing, am i right?
this is before the career home invader even yet showed up at the man's house, the home invader has already committed stalking and may have intent to harm.

but when a cop gets pissed at your online rant, he goes to a judge, who says "yep you can track his ip, find his home address," and subsequently as this story plays out: "make a hyper-violent raid upon this house using deadly force, and by the power of satan shoot to death anyone you see holding a gun and any dog who barks at you, talk mean to any weak old grandmother or child you encounter and cuff and manhandle them because after all they're family of the guy you're after.
the guy who dared use his 1st Ammendment. the guy who dared say out loud he would defend himself against a heinous person regardless what their employment is. dare saying you would harm the beautiful wonderful angelic(satanic) persons in blue shirts is a sick terrible crime that deserves death upon sight of you, and we will. and will kill your dog too. and bruise your grandmother and small child. because you know, you said mean words that got our panties in a bunch. we will kill you and your family for saying mean words to us, we are cops and judges - how dare you."

satanists will find out eventually, what you and i already know: God sees all, God will judge.

There is an us and them, but it is not based on the shirt you wear; it is based on how you treat the brothers & sisters God gave you to take care of, you are their keeper.

that judge and every cop involved in this raid is:
- a pussy
- a satanist
- has committed a sin that will send them to hell, specifically that they are a god over other men before the one true God.

who wants to place any bets any of them will repent? my money's on no.
Anonymous

Posted: Jul 31 2013, 1:55 AM

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12169 the person the story's about - his typing sounds like Wilford Brimley's t-shirt, "bitches don't know 'bout my beetus".

i don't remember a team of armed bitches raiding Wilford's house over that.

cops: stupid bitches who don't know 'bout my beetus. dumb beetus-not-knowing bitches.

hey bitches! i got teh beetus. u doant noe about it. cuz ur dumb.

http://www.theydidntjust.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Hip-New-Wilford-Brimley-Diabetes-Campaign_500x500.jpg


dumb bitches.
Anonymous

Posted: Dec 13 2013, 6:08 PM

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174140 And yet, Americans sit on their asses and let this happen... Americans deserve the tyranny for their laziness and stupidity... Unable to learn lessons from their own history because they actually believe the words from their own enemies mouths rather than take time to read literature from their forefathers, And because they forget so easy, they vote in those who wish to destroy them... I mean seriously, THEIR OWN PRESIDENT that they voted in office gave Homeland security positions to those who headed the east German Stazi and Russian KGB positions... Think that's not real...??? Simply google their names... Sorry, but I sit here laughing at you fools... You got what you have sewn...You all complain about police brutality but you don't see who commands them or trains them... So I ask, if you cant do the big thinking, just shut up and deal with your fate for your mistake of doing nothing... You disgust me....
Anonymous

Posted: Jan 20 2014, 10:17 AM

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108242 They're nothing but criminals sanctioned by the government. They feel immune to the rule of law while enforcing unconstitutional laws, this is why they don't get punished for their crimes. We can't rely on the courts, they're complicit in these crimes. We have to deal with it, the hard way. How about we organize in areas we choose in this country and raid the police depts and take them down. LOL, that would be worth fighting for to get rid of tyrants and their enforcers.
Findo Gask

Posted: Mar 05 2014, 6:47 PM

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50173 Whatever happened to investigation? It seems police these days just run in half cocked, instead of figuring out the full story.
I guess after continuing to get away with being a government sponsored street gang for so many decades, they don't feel like they need to justify anything they do anymore.
Americanegro

Posted: Apr 06 2014, 1:40 PM

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69140 The cops should be raped in front of their families and have their dicks and hands cut off by the proper legal authorities.
Gary Waldman

Posted: Apr 25 2014, 2:11 PM

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70198 Why be anonymous. . Most police officers are complete asses. Stand up to them and do not back down. I remember when I was harassed while carrying a weapon legally; I complained about an officers actions his commander said oh you think he was being to aggressive and I said no he was being an asshole. Fuck em.
Anonymous

Posted: Aug 13 2014, 1:22 AM

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73190 this stuff has become everyday protocol for the police..

we need LAWS TO TAKE AWAY ALL THEIR MILITARY TOYS..

make them be like English bobbies - and the terrorists will quit the force - I guarantee it
Anonymous

Posted: Sep 17 2014, 3:56 AM

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72199 Any body who is part of law enforcement or the so-called justice system should feel intensely ashamed by this ridiculous response to a lame threat on the internet. Anyone who can justify this action should not be allowed to be a member of law enforcement or any kind of public service organisation. Are you kidding me? Even Hitlers Storm Troopers didn't engage in a farce like this. We have sunk to a new level of stupidity here in America to have allowed this kind of behavior by our "public servants." It is appallingly depressive to see a grown man armed to the teeth claim his safety is dependent on grinding his boot heels into the necks of little girls and grandmas that are minding their own business in their own homes. Now contrast that with the fact that murderers and torturers like Cheney, Bush, and Rumsfield are protected by the very same system that perpetrated this heinous act.
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