March 4, 2015

Rise Of The Warrior Cop

July 21, 2013


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militarized police forceOn Jan. 4 of last year, a local narcotics strike force conducted a raid on the Ogden, Utah, home of Matthew David Stewart at 8:40 p.m. The 12 officers were acting on a tip from Mr. Stewart’s former girlfriend, who said that he was growing marijuana in his basement. Mr. Stewart awoke, naked, to the sound of a battering ram taking down his door. Thinking that he was being invaded by criminals, as he later claimed, he grabbed his 9-millimeter Beretta pistol.

The police say that they knocked and identified themselves, though Mr. Stewart and his neighbors said they heard no such announcement. Mr. Stewart fired 31 rounds, the police more than 250. Six of the officers were wounded, and Officer Jared Francom was killed. Mr. Stewart himself was shot twice before he was arrested. He was charged with several crimes, including the murder of Officer Francom.

The police found 16 small marijuana plants in Mr. Stewart’s basement. There was no evidence that Mr. Stewart, a U.S. military veteran with no prior criminal record, was selling marijuana. Mr. Stewart’s father said that his son suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and may have smoked the marijuana to self-medicate.

Early this year, the Ogden city council heard complaints from dozens of citizens about the way drug warrants are served in the city. As for Mr. Stewart, his trial was scheduled for next April, and prosecutors were seeking the death penalty. But after losing a hearing last May on the legality of the search warrant, Mr. Stewart hanged himself in his jail cell.

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  • Mike in MI

    Are you sure he hanged himself? Or was he just found hanged in his cell? Just asking. Because what with all the government mischief about these days, like the regime of confiscation of cash and property upon mere suspicion by police, and even traffic tickets being used as revenue enhancers, it’s becoming harder to believe the police anymore. Constitution be damned, that’s what they do.

    • Mike in MI

      Oh yes, what did the girlfriend get out of this?

      • trupatriot1971

        Hopefully she got a guilty conscience that will not let her sleep at night!

  • marineh2ominer

    SWAT === The American name given to the American GESTAPO !!!!

  • Silverado

    Last I read there were “on average” over 3000 “police shootings” in the US per year. One can’t help but think that these military type raids are responsible for a lot of them. So logic says that if we eliminate these SWAT tactics and FORCE our police forces to get back to the concept of “neighborhood or community policing” or better yet where the cops would be “peace officers”, all or most of this military correct-ness or this military fascination that all police forces…..suffer from today, would end with the snap of this proverbial finger. Instead we’ve let these police forces show their middle finger to what they think of the public and average citizen they’ll interact with during their normal course of business in a typical day. And we…..allow this?? How long as a society where WE AS TAXPAYERS & CITIZENS ARE THE BOSS OF THESE OUT OF CONTROL PUBLIC ENTITIES, are we going to put up with this??

  • J Frank

    Hey, one less warrior cop to deal with!

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