Department of Education SWAT Raid on Kenneth Wright

BY Herschel Smith
5 years, 9 months ago

From ABC News10 (KXTV in Stockton, CA):

STOCKTON, CA – Kenneth Wright does not have a criminal record and he had no reason to believe a S.W.A.T team would be breaking down his door at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

“I look out of my window and I see 15 police officers,” Wright said.

Wright came downstairs in his boxer shorts as a S.W.A.T team barged through his front door. Wright said an officer grabbed him by the neck and led him outside on his front lawn.

“He had his knee on my back and I had no idea why they were there,” Wright said.

According to Wright, officers also woke his three young children ages 3, 7, and 11 and put them in a Stockton police patrol car with him. Officers then searched his house.

As it turned out, the person law enforcement was looking for was not there – Wright’s estranged wife.

“They put me in handcuffs in that hot patrol car for six hours, traumatizing my kids,” Wright said.

Wright said he later went to the mayor and Stockton Police Department, but the City of Stockton had nothing to do with Wright’s search warrant.

The U.S. Department of Education issued the search and called in the S.W.A.T for his wife’s defaulted student loans.

“They busted down my door for this,” Wright said. “It wasn’t even me.”

According to the Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General, the case can’t be discussed publicly until it is closed, but a spokesperson did confirm that the department did issue the search warrant at Wright’s home.

The Office of the Inspector General has a law enforcement branch of federal agents that carry out search warrants and investigations.

Stockton Police Department said it was asked by federal agents to provide one officer and one patrol car just for a police presence when carrying out the search warrant.

Stockton police did not participate in breaking Wright’s door, handcuffing him, or searching his home.

“All I want is an apology for me and my kids and for them to get me a new door,” Wright said.

This is difficult to swallow for one who doesn’t believe that the Department of Education should exist anyway.  So let me get this straight.  The Department of Education has a SWAT Team.  Special Weapons and Tactics!  And they are enforcing warrants with SWAT raids that pertain to payment of student loans, probably wearing “tacti-cool” gear and all swollen with their self-importance, pointing loaded weapons at innocent men.  And some judge actually issued a warrant for such a raid?

And so now Mr. Wright has traumatized children, a broken door, and probalby lost time from work to handle the hassle, and on top of that the Department of Education looks like jackbooted thugs.  And the Department of Education has a SWAT Team?  Seriously?

The one good thing that could come from this is that we’ve found the best place to start cost-cutting since the bridge to nowhere.

UPDATE #1: Note that I have previously called for a Congressional investigation into SWAT tactics in use in the United States.

I call on the House Subcommittee of the Constitution or the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security to investigate the militarization of police tactics within America, and whether such tactics comport with the constitutional rights of the citizens of the United States.

I reiterate this call.

UPDATE #2: From commenter Don Delis, we learn that the raid was not about student loans.  THAT didn’t take long!  The URL has been updated, since the News10 article has been changed and the report amended to refer to some unspecified investigation.  They have got to do better than that to justify the use of SWAT tactics when knocking at the door would have been sufficient.  This is about police officers playing combat operator, and there is no excuse for it.

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Don Delis

According to the North Stockton Record the raid was not about a student loan.

To what extent do the headlines of Mexico drug wars effect our cultural perspectives and further influence US Swat team tactics? On an international scale, Mexico is classified as a “functioning democracy” in that they have a constitution and hold elections. Mexico remains however, the romantic land of myth as to its legendary 36 families that purportedly keep its middle class weak and still relatively small in comparison to say the percentage size of the US middle class. I’m looking for a good book to read or articles to read on Mexico’s 36 families and the links to the power base it has reportedly kept in tact for all these decades after the revolution. While there is for me a certain romantic charm to the aristocratic heirs apparently flowing down from the Conquistadors, the Roman Catholic Church, and the simple campesino family oriented derivatives of its modern culture, Mexican citizens are asking for US help to relieve them of what is being reported in the news as “ill planned Mexican war on drugs.” A new peace movement by the campesino class and Mexican middle class is being built around the theme of “please rethink this Mexican war on drugs.” 40,000+… Read more »
Mark Reichel
I am the attorney for Kenneth Wright and his young children and will be filing suit on their behalf. Mr. Wright, who is divorced from Mrs. Wright, was at home at 6 a.m. with his 3 children, a daughter aged 3 and two boys just slightly older. Their door was kicked down, Kenneth was dragged wearing only boxer shorts (which ripped during the dragging) to his front lawn and a knee was placed against his neck for 45 minutes. He was not shown a copy of any warrant, nor told much of what was going on. When he saw a patrol car by stretching his neck off the grass, he was pleased to find out it wasn’t some organized crime hit on his family, or a crime gang at the wrong address. His children were then marched downstairs with their hands up at gunpoint. Yes, that happened. 6 hours later, when their tiny house had been thoroughly searched by the 15 SWAT team members, they were told they were looking for Mrs. Wright, who appears to be a suspect for low level student loan fraud. This was news to the Wrights, who would have kindly allowed such a search and… Read more »

go get ’em



As you work through your assigned task, may I respectfully invite your attention to the drug wars peace movement being started in Mexico called “The Poet’s Peace Movement.”

Both US and Mexico remain intransigent of course in changing US laws regarding legalizing some drugs. This included the current administration based on a report referenced in the above link.

My premise may be wrong, but I don’t think so. What happened to your client, as pointed out by the Captain, and found to be true by my own research, is an intentionally created national phenomenon of police image modification from a Mayberry USA to a Nationalized Federales-DEA impersonal Task Force Swat Team. Swat Team do indeed seem to be over used.

This imagery can be changed and sheriffs and police chiefs can be dialed down in their image intensity by supporting the merits of The Poet’s Peace Movement to rethink our drug war. Consider using your unique place in history to bring attention to the peace movement. It needs to catch on North of the boarder to have any chance of survival.


We must elect politicians that will investigate these type of alarming events. We have a bureaucracy out of control. The heavy hand of government is everywhere. I hope the coming elections can slow this government down.


We can create a different tomorrow and avoid The Plan:

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