They Want Their Pound of Flesh

As we saw here, the Ogden SWAT wants total compliance or Death. They got neither in their recent raid on a decorated Army Vet who allegedly was growing pot for recreational and medicinal use. They’re still out for blood.

A Utah prosecutor says he’ll pursue the death penalty against a man who opened fire on police, leaving one officer dead and five others injured.

Weber County District Attorney Dee Smith said Monday that Matthew David Stewart of Ogden is being investigated on suspicion of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated and marijuana cultivation.

They’re going to kill this boy any way they can…all over a naturally growing weed, and the fact that they wanted to go in hot with their ninja gear, rather than simply arresting him when he went to work that night. You can see from the video the person being assaulted has NO way of knowing the people attacking him are police with a warrant until its too late.

This is thrill seeking cops working overtime to justify a SWAT team they don’t need, and shouldn’t have.

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0 Responses to They Want Their Pound of Flesh

  1. Sailorcurt says:

    Again the similarities with the Frederick Case in this area are downright eerie.

    Now, all we need for the similarities to be complete, is to find that the cops had snitches break into the suspect’s home days before the raid to collect evidence (illegally), and then have the prosecutor willfully withhold evidence from the defense (and get away with it).

    The end result will be that the guy will get convicted of negligent homicide or some such, regardless of the evidence that he had no idea it was the cops breaking down his door and was just trying to defend himself….just because a gullible public can’t let someone who shot a cop get away scott-free…especially one who was committing the heinous crime of growing a weed for his own personal consumption, and harming no-one.

  2. A SWAT team is a tool that Law Enforcement has available to them. Anyone who does any mechanical work will tell you that having more tools is better than having less tools. The reason for this is that using the incorrect tool for a particular job can be very dangerous.

    I had a friend years ago who bought a cutting torch. He LOVED that damn thing and used it anytime he could dream up an excuse. I admit, cutting metal with the torch was fun. However, one day he was working (alone) on an old motorcycle and there was a nut or bolt or something that was rusted to the point that there was no way to remove it normally. Yep, you guessed it, cutting torch. When my friend got out of the hospital, his wife had gotten rid of his tools, he wouldn’t be able to use them anymore anyway because that nut, bolt, or whatever it was that he gleefully used his cutting torch on happened to be holding a mostly full gas tank onto the motorcycle. You see the problem there.

    It seems to me that we are seeing evidence of Law Enforcement using SWAT teams in much the same mannor that my old friend would use his cutting torch.


    • Weerd Beard says:

      “When your only tool is a hammer everything starts looking a lot like a nail!”

      Of course I’m a huge fan of looking for shit to hit with my deadblow hammer. Love it, but there are only a few things I can regularly use it on.

      But unlike a SWAT team, if my Deadblow or my sledge hammer, or my splitting maul collects dust for a number of year, they won’t cut my budget and take those tools away.

      Now granted we NEED to take the SWAT away from the local PDs…but the local PDs won’t give them up without a fight.

      • Kristopher says:

        Many cops want to be elite SWAT members.

        Real situations requiring SWAT are bloody damned rare. I suspect that if we only had enough SWAT teams in this country to handle the expected number of terrorist, hostage situations, and active killers, damned near all of these SWAT members would be out writing traffic tickets and trying to defuse domestic disturbances instead, as they wouldn’t make the cut for the professionalism and discipline required for the few teams we would really need.

        I’d like to fly a jet fighter, but I don’t expect my small town to pay for an airforce to accommodate me, or get federal funds to buy one.

        • Weerd Beard says:

          And cases like Columbine and VT show us that scrambling the SWAT actually results in MORE victims, as the shooter simply stops as soon as they encounter armed resistance, even if its a single person with a handgun.

          See Appalachian law, Colorado New Life Church, and Trolly Square mall.

          Quick actions from an armed individual quickly stops the threat, while mustering a SWAT team just adds more time to the bloody Shot Clock for the shooter.

          • Pyrotek85 says:

            I don’t know if this is true, but I actually heard that police departments were changing policy as a result of this, and just sending in the first units to arrive to disrupt mass shooter style events. I’ll have to see if I can verify that somewhere.

  3. Pyrotek85 says:

    Wow your friend was lucky to survive that.

    I think the discussion on tools is great, as firearms are tools as well, which is something the antis will not admit. Just because we carry doesn’t mean our only response is to shoot, we will use the right tool for the right job.

  4. Nomen Nescio says:

    tools are just items, once you buy a cutting torch you have it; the only reason you’d misuse it is if you’re a doofus too much in love with your favorite tool.

    (as cops can be, with other tools; tasers were sold as firearm replacements to reduce the amount of violence used, but nowadays there’s plenty to show they’re being used as pain-inducing tools to force compliance where a firearm could not be used. hence they’re effectively increasing the violence used.)

    but SWAT teams are bureaucracies full of people needing to be paid, middle managers needing to justify their paychecks, all manner of folks making a living from being in a SWAT team and wanting to have something to show for it so they can keep on that way. if such teams are tools, they’re tools that come with their own doofus-iness built right in and metastasizing like a cancer. Radley Balko’s been warning about it for years, and he’s right.

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