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A total of 30 Washington, DC police officers raided a businessman’s home and reportedly drug his naked son out of the shower. Mark Witaschek was the law-abiding firearms owner subjected to the evening gun raid. The officers broke down the door with a battering ram. Second Amendment rights supporters are question why Witaschek, a man without a criminal record, faced prison time for possession of unregistered ammo.
Read more at DC Businessman?s Home Raided Over Unregistered Ammo
 

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From the read it looks as if the Judge is going to undo the search legality and good for him too, of course this opens the door for a civil suit for damages against the DC PD good for this two.
 

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That's bull s#!+
 

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Line the cops up...

...punishment for a law enforcement officer violating a citizen's rights should be the most severe. This has got to stop.
 

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Line the cops up...

...punishment for a law enforcement officer violating a citizen's rights should be the most severe. This has got to stop.
Agreed, heck with a civil lawsuit. How about punishment for those in charge of decisions like this, as well as punishment for the officers following commands.
 

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Laws that turn honest citizens into criminals are truly a crime unto themselves. As for accountability, take your pic between the legislature who enacted the law and the constituents who voted them into office, as well as, the enforcing police officers who decided to keep their jobs. Expecting law enforcement to protect your civil rights against legislation that your own elected officials enact is foolhardy and down right lazy. Everyone has a responsibility to be proactive in government, if you do not stand up for your own rights, no one else will. In a democracy the majority rules, the Constitution only works when the Courts choose to uphold it. Thank God we live in a Republic where we can choose to live in States with people who share are own beliefs and values. Birds of a feather flock together; so if your an eagle living with the pigeons, then migrate to a Free State.
 

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I believe that these States will fall victim to their own ignorance and ineptitude in time. American Patriots should pack up and move to Free States, leaving a void of values and economic stability in the wake of their exodus. Personally, I will not support American businesses in States that do not recognize 2ND Amendment Rights in the hope that they will relocate. I saw a commercial the other day that expressed no taxes for 10 years for new businesses who open up in New York. That should tell you something! Further more, the Governor " Cum-Holio" proclaims that pro-life, pro-gun, Conservatives are not welcome in New York. To tell you the truth, these States who refuse to comply with the Constitution should be expelled from the Union to neighboring Countries. Who needs 50 States anyway? For example the BIG 2, California should be expelled to Mexico, and New York should be expelled to Canada; as well as, the revoking of US citizenships for the constituents of these States. Seriously though, a National Economic Boycott of these States is the most prudent course of action. Purchasing products made in California, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetes, and the like... is worse then buying overseas. Organize-Organize-Organize, violence should be reserved for fear of life and limb. Regan brought down the USSR with economic strategy, and we can accomplish the same results with these Socialist States if Conservatives stand together with one voice and one purse. God Bless America!
 

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Laws that turn honest citizens into criminals are truly a crime unto themselves. As for accountability, take your pic between the legislature who enacted the law and the constituents who voted them into office, as well as, the enforcing police officers who decided to keep their jobs. Expecting law enforcement to protect your civil rights against legislation that your own elected officials enact is foolhardy and down right lazy. Everyone has a responsibility to be proactive in government, if you do not stand up for your own rights, no one else will. In a democracy the majority rules, the Constitution only works when the Courts choose to uphold it. Thank God we live in a Republic where we can choose to live in States with people who share are own beliefs and values. Birds of a feather flock together; so if your an eagle living with the pigeons, then migrate to a Free State.
I just wish the liberal rats fleeing from the sinking ship states weren't also piling into the free states.
 

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What is the full story here?

I generally do not trust any story that seems so perverted and one sided. The cops who organized the search do not have resources to go crashing in the door of citizens with no record, and if they did, this sort of thing would be happening to hundreds of people.

I'm not defending their actions, but there is likely more to this than meets the eye.
 

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What is the full story here?

I generally do not trust any story that seems so perverted and one sided. The cops who organized the search do not have resources to go crashing in the door of citizens with no record, and if they did, this sort of thing would be happening to hundreds of people.

I'm not defending their actions, but there is likely more to this than meets the eye.

Im assuming they thought it would be safer to do a no knock warrant. You know, knock a honest mans door down and violate his Constitutional rights.

Its only just beginning, it really is a shame the direction this country is headed.
 

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What is the full story here?

I generally do not trust any story that seems so perverted and one sided. The cops who organized the search do not have resources to go crashing in the door of citizens with no record, and if they did, this sort of thing would be happening to hundreds of people.

I'm not defending their actions, but there is likely more to this than meets the eye.
From what I can tell, this is the full story. It's apparently old news (September 2012) but still recent and very ...chilling. It's an old enough case that more information should be able to be found : MILLER: D.C. businessman faces two years in jail for unregistered ammunition, brass casing - Washington Times
 

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Not disputing the tactics, but what brought this guy onto their radar screen in the first place. You got a million people in DC, this guy was more than just a random search to deserve a 30 man SWAT raid. And the fact that they were looking at his sister's place for guns. They obviously has SOME suspicion that something was going on.

After all, to organize a SWAT raid you need to line up agreement of multiple people. If this guy is squeeky clean upstanding businessman I can't see a bunch of people just agreeing that he makes a good randon target.
 

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Interestingly, the only paper in DC I can find his name in is the Washington Times. I listed the only thing on fox news, and of course cnn didn't have anything. Washington Post, nada.
 

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Not disputing the tactics, but what brought this guy onto their radar screen in the first place. You got a million people in DC, this guy was more than just a random search to deserve a 30 man SWAT raid. And the fact that they were looking at his sister's place for guns. They obviously has SOME suspicion that something was going on.

After all, to organize a SWAT raid you need to line up agreement of multiple people. If this guy is squeeky clean upstanding businessman I can't see a bunch of people just agreeing that he makes a good randon target.
It states that his ex-wife filed a complaint that he had threatened violence. In the heavy handed areas like DC, Chicago and NY, would you not need a threat of violence and word saying he owns a gun?
 

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Smoke and Fire

Emily Miller has the byline on this op-ed piece. She is the author of Emily Gets Her Gun ... But Obama Wants to Take Yours. I have met Ms. Miller and she does not seem to be other than an intelligent journalist/writer. She is pro - 2A.

While I agree that we do not have all of the facts and history of the case, I am not certain that I would not take these allegations at face value. While I would like to think that there is justification for the police actions in general and they should have some presumption of acting in good faith, I am not willing to jump to the conclusion that the mere fact that the police acted means they were justified. The Civil Rights Movement would never have survived the 50's and 60's.

Further, I do not think the SWAT team votes on whether or not they will suit up and serve a warrant or if the warrant is valid. I have some experience with affidavits in support of search or arrest warrants and believe that the standard or threshold to obtain one is fairly low. Some judges are good and some are mere rubber stamp badge lovers. Besides, from the issuing judge's perspective, probable cause is a much lower standard than required for further processing in the criminal justice system.

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