10 months, 2 weeks ago
The case of Jose Guerena has been settled for what is purported to be $ 3.4 million. It isn’t enough. Sheriff Dupnik and all member of the SWAT team that crashed into Jose Guerena’s home that day and murdered him deserve to be in prison, or hanging from a rope.
What I fear has been lost in this discussion is that the SWAT officers who serve this county are extremely judicious in their use of deadly force.
The Sheriff’s Department approved the formation of the first SWAT Team in Pima County in 1971. Since then, over more than 40 years, there have been more than 2,000 warrants served by the SWAT officers.
Deadly force has been used exactly one time during the serving of a warrant — in this case — even though SWAT is used in only the highest-risk cases.
That isn’t just fortunate happenstance.
When officers are considered for this highly trained unit, physical strength and shooting skill remain important assets. But the critical asset that trumps all others is the ability to practice restraint in the use of physical force coupled with critical thinking, which comes into play in identifying appropriate methods to resolve a tactical problem, whether it’s a hostage situation, a terrorist incident or a high-risk arrest. It’s called emotional intelligence, and it is the No. 1 priority in the selection process.
Words directly from the Sheriff writing in Arizona Daily Star. And Dupnik is a liar. He knows that what he said isn’t the truth, and he said it anyway. That’s a sin.
I invite you to go back and watch the video again of the raid, and read the report(s). Jose Guerena got off exactly zero (0) shots at the SWAT team, and the SWAT team killed him (Guerena had more self restraint that I would have in those circumstances). In the end, no evidence was found linking him or his folks to any of the accused crimes. The solution in matters such as this is to send a uniformed officer who knocks on the door and asks to speak to the owner of the home. But the SWAT soldier-boys want to be cool. You know what I’ve said about this. Pulling off raids on Americans is cowardly. If you want to be cool, sign up, get the training, and fly across the pond and do it for real like my son did.
But go back again and watch the video. People are milling around as if nothing important is about to take place, loud music is playing, and the officers look like they don’t even have the discipline of teenagers playing paint ball.
Sheriff Dupnik is an ass clown, and so it’s appropriate that his SWAT team is comprised of ass clowns. In this case, they’re ass clowns with guns and a badge, and that makes them dangerous and evil.
WRSA has contact information for the Sheriff.