06/16/11 Police Violence
At 6 am, Kenneth Wright walked to his front door just as it was smashed in.
Dressed only in underwear he was dragged outside, handcuffed and tossed into a police car with his three children ages 3, 9, & 11. He sat there for six hours.
Wright had no criminal record. And he wasn’t even a suspect.
More than a dozen armed agents of the Department of Education were looking for his estranged wife. They claim she committed student loan fraud.
A Tucson-area SWAT team broke down the front door of Jose Guerena and fired 71 rounds, killing him with 22 shots. His wife and 4-year old son were nearby.
Guerena, who didn’t have a criminal record, was a Marine veteran who served two tours in Iraq. He had just gotten home after a 12 hour shift working in a copper mine.
It’s time to end the abusive use of SWAT teams for non-violent crimes and vague allegations.
It’s gotten crazy. Even federal agencies have paramilitary organizations to police labor law violations and banking irregularities.
It’s time to put a stop to it.