SWAT Raid In Portage, Indiana

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 3 months ago

Chicago Tribune:

When a Portage couple heard a knock on their door a year ago, they were shocked to see 20 armed police officers standing outside, yelling an expletive at them to open their door.

Portage SWAT then searched their home as they were forced to watch before someone realized they were at the wrong address, according to a lawsuit filed by Jon Groski and Stacey McFadden against the city, the Portage Police Department and a number of officers.

Mayor Jim Snyder could not be reached for comment.

According to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, the couple and their 4-year-old daughter were at home in the 3300 block of Oakwood Street on the morning of April 13, 2015, when they heard loud banging on their door.

Groski looked through a window and saw 20 officers all wearing black with assault rifles on his doorstep, the lawsuit says, and one of them yelled at him “Open the (expletive) door, right (expletive) now.”

When he asked what was going on, another officer told him “It doesn’t (expletive) matter,” the lawsuit says.

It adds that when Groski did open the door, they rushed in with their weapons drawn at everyone in the house.

The lawsuit says that police never actually identified themselves as officers and never produced a warrant. After searching the house for some time, one officer made a comment about being at the wrong house, according to the suit.

The suit says that Groski and McFadden later learned police were trying to serve a warrant on someone who did not live at the house and that that person was not wanted for a violent crime.

It argues police used excessive force against the family and would not let them leave during the search. They are suing for unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

This is the troupe of goobers responsible for this.

Portage_SWAT

They think it’s acceptable to force their way into another man’s home, property not their own, point guns at his family, and tell him it’s none of his business why they’re doing it.  To boot, this is yet another wrong-home raid, and making this even richer, the man they “wanted” wasn’t even wanted for a violent crime.

Hey folks, put the carbines down, get out of the monkey costumes, take the shades off (no, they don’t make you look cool), take some classes in scientific forensics (perhaps even including – gasp! – Calculus and physics), and be useful to your community.  As it is, you’re doing no one any good.  You’re collective drains on society, loads on the turbine.  You’re not earning your keep.

Do your investigative work, go door to door, knock on the doors, be friends of the community, ask questions, and so on, and for heaven’s sake, dress up in a formal uniform, shirt and tie and try to at least look like you’re a professional.  Defenestrate the tactical gear and jump suits and lose the bellies.  You look stupid.  But before you do any of that, read the constitution for what you can and can’t do, and don’t even think about deferring to a rubber stamp judge to prove that it’s okay for you to be abusive to citizens.  God won’t care what that judge said.


Comments

  1. On May 2, 2016 at 8:52 am, Jim Wiseman said:

    You, sir, have nailed it.

  2. On May 2, 2016 at 9:27 am, Big Boss said:

    I hope this family gets a serious pay out at the departments expense…. I am generally pretty supportive of my local police, but no warrant, no entrance, sorry, but that is the way it works. I know my rights. Seems like in addition to some serious remedial training, a number of these guys could use a salad and a treadmill.

  3. On May 2, 2016 at 11:00 am, xtphreak said:

    The problem with these “pumped up”, “gung-ho”, “wanna-be warriors” is that if you attempt to assert your rights, you might get dead right there.
    And your family.

  4. On May 4, 2016 at 7:39 pm, Shocked_and_Amazed✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ said:

    Dead right there and it will be covered up

  5. On May 4, 2016 at 8:19 pm, UNCLEELMO said:

    Case in point: Jack Yantis of Council, Idaho.
    His wife was luckier. She only suffered a heart attack after watching her husband be executed.

  6. On May 2, 2016 at 11:20 am, Toastrider said:

    The payout will come at the expense of the taxpayers.

  7. On May 4, 2016 at 7:39 pm, Shocked_and_Amazed✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ said:

    Then fire them

  8. On May 2, 2016 at 1:11 pm, Fred said:

    And get off the genetically engineer high fructose corn syrup and go outside, yes, in the sun, and the wind, and the rain, and the cold, and the heat. They’re fat and some are pale near to death and look like shut-ins.

  9. On May 4, 2016 at 8:22 pm, UNCLEELMO said:

    They guy on the left looks like he needs to spend a little less time at the doughnut shop.

  10. On May 2, 2016 at 10:55 am, xtphreak said:

    110% CORRECT!

    The individual “officers” should be held accountable, not the Department’s budget (which is the citizens’ taxes being wasted).

  11. On May 2, 2016 at 9:55 pm, Carri said:

    @xtphreak…
    Spot on!!
    When these SOF wannabe’s screw the pooch it should damn well fall on them as individuals!
    Why should the Taxpayer(fello citizens) payout, there just as likely to be assaulted and abused by these Testosterone Monkee’s.
    I bet that this “wrong address stuff” will decline 99% when each and everone of them are held accountable as individuals , without the Dept backing.

  12. On May 3, 2016 at 10:07 am, Haywood Jablome said:

    You know you lost most of those sad sacks when you uttered the word “read”…

  13. On May 3, 2016 at 7:05 pm, boogyoogyoogy said:

    First thing you have to do is realize that 99.9% of the people you deal with are ordinary, upright, non-threatening Americans, who actually support you until you shoot their dog/s, deliberately stomp their kittens to death, injure their children and spouses and rip their houses to pieces. Oh, and then you’re allowed to get away with all of it because you meant well….. Bull Shit.

    Sooner or later, the entire population realizes what is happening and you become both enemy and target number one of EVERYBODY.

    The other problem is that almost every politician views your oath of office, to be an oath of loyalty to them personally, and they also like having trigger pullers a their fingertips. It makes them feel important, tough and sexually desirable to farm animals. They will also throw any and everyone they need to, under the bus as soon as they and their careers are threatened, in any material way.

  14. On May 3, 2016 at 7:43 pm, Phil Ossiferz Stone said:

    I’ve been pro-cop my whole life. But between the War on Drugs and the War On Terror I no longer recognize them. They dress like the bad guys from Star Wars and frequently have an attitude to match. Many of them — the big city Democrat-controlled labor-union type — are no longer peace officers; they are members of the law enforcement cartel.

    And like much else that ails my sick nation, there is nothing whatsoever I can do about this.

  15. On May 4, 2016 at 8:27 pm, UNCLEELMO said:

    1960- Peace Officer.
    1994- Law Enforcement Officer.
    2016- Government Enforcement Officer.

  16. On May 4, 2016 at 7:38 pm, Shocked_and_Amazed✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ said:

    Wow, what a bunch of bad ass wannabes. These guys are going to kill someone innocent and cover it up.

  17. On May 7, 2016 at 9:07 pm, tireddog said:

    Test those clowns for ‘roids, bet you find several users.

  18. On May 15, 2016 at 1:29 pm, Grumpy Guy said:

    Assholes. Cops. But I repeat myself.

  19. On May 23, 2016 at 2:22 pm, Kuffar said:

    They look like a bunch of fat asses playing dressup…

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