Read before you post to me: I never advocate for anyone to do ANYTHING illegal.
If youíve got a business ó you didnít build that. Somebody else made that happen.
President Barack Obama, July 13th, 2012
The ponit everyone is missing is there is no accountability if the action is wrong. Sure the family gets to sue and will be compensated at tax-payer expense, but the people in charge will skate. Why is there no mechanism that hold the cops and judiciary accountable for the failure? If the judge knew his nuts were on the line for a bad warrant and the SWAT team and cops could face criminal proceedings for assault and or breaking and entering they might ensure their info was correct and possibly use no knock raids a little less!
Not So Nice Anymore
Not So Nice Anymore
You have the officers that are building the case that this house is a meth lab. Their job is to figure out if they think it's incredibly likely this place is making a drug. They do their job. It's not just one man. It's a unit. They develop a case that seems solid enough to send to a judge for a warrant. You're telling me that this judge should do what? Hide out in a van for a few nights to confirm the suspicions? Or does it make more sense for him to sign the warrant based on his officers' evidence they provided?
Clearly there are some indicators here that point to the possibility that these people are dangerous. I obviously don't know the checklist, but I'm sure it requires more than one checkmark. So it's decided to send a group of officers (SWAT) that likely have no prior connections to this case. One officer makes a mistake with his flash bang pole, and an unfortunate incident occurred. They raided the house and came back ... maybe negative?The decision to use a SWAT team was based on a detailed checklist the department uses when serving warrants.
Investigators consider dozens of items such as residents' past criminal convictions, other criminal history, mental illness and previous interactions with law enforcement.
Each item is assigned a point value and if the total exceeds a certain threshold, SWAT is requested. Then a commander approves or rejects the request.
In Tuesday's raid, the points exceeded the threshold and investigators called in SWAT.
So, probably not a meth lab there. But maybe enough materials to make a guess that they have a meth lab somewhere? Who knows?No arrests were made during the raid and no charges have been filed, although a police spokesman said afterward that some evidence was recovered during the search. St. John declined to release specifics of the drug case, citing the active investigation, but did say that "activity was significant enough where our drug unit requested a search warrant."
Furthermore, like Kutnupe asked, "Who do you decide to sue?"
The guys who investigated the house. The judge that did his job, and relied on the intel of the guys who investigated the house. Or the officers who performed the raid, likely with briefing on the situation, and no prior experience with this particular case? With evidence recovered according to their spokesperson.
I have a tough time believing the huge town of Missoula, Montana is full of everyone from the top down being corrupt.
From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put. - Winston Churchill
An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens. - Thomas Jefferson