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The future looks bleak indeed... :shock:

North Coast couple says rights were violated in drug raid
The Associated Press
Article Launched: 09/25/2007 06:06:10 PM PDT

PETALUMA, Calif.â€"A couple whose home was raided by drug agents filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against a police officer and two U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

The suit filed by Carl Keane and his girlfriend, Chieko Strange, of Mill Valley, names as defendants Petaluma Police Officer Paul Acconero and DEA agents Seth McMullen and John Silva.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, is meant to "redress one of the worst nightmares of any law-abiding citizen," the couple said in their filing.

The three defendants were among a group of DEA agents who burst into the couple's home Dec. 19 using a search warrant signed by a Sonoma County judge for an investigation of a cross-country shipment of six pounds of marijuana.

No drugs, drug residue, money or weapons were found during the search of Keane's house.

Strange, 63, said in the suit that a DEA agent held her down with a boot on her head as agents stormed through the house yelling, "Where are your weapons?" and "You know why we're here."

The couple claim police violated their constitutional rights when they failed to properly announce their presence or identify themselves, didn't have permission to arrest Keane, lacked probable cause to search and used excessive force.
 
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Mastermind drug smugglers OR two scared average joes?

This brings an interesting dispute...

If an officer enters your home in a tumultuous fashion, aren't you entitled to shoot GIVEN he does not announce himself?

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Defense of habitation; (here habitation means dwelling, motor vehicle, or place of business) A person is justified in the use of force which is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm only if:

1. A person is breaking\has broken into your home in a violent and tumultuous manner, and you think that the intruder is going to assault you or someone else living there.
2. A person who is not a member of the family or household and who unlawfully and forcibly enters the residence and you know it is an unlawful entry.
3. The person using such force reasonably believes that the entry is made or attempted for the purpose of committing a felony therein and that such force is necessary to prevent the commission of the felony.

(16-3-23)
 

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Bulloch3317 said:
Mastermind drug smugglers OR two scared average joes?

This brings an interesting dispute...

If an officer enters your home in a tumultuous fashion, aren't you entitled to shoot GIVEN he does not announce himself?

GP.Org said:
Defense of habitation; (here habitation means dwelling, motor vehicle, or place of business) A person is justified in the use of force which is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm only if:

1. A person is breaking\has broken into your home in a violent and tumultuous manner, and you think that the intruder is going to assault you or someone else living there.
2. A person who is not a member of the family or household and who unlawfully and forcibly enters the residence and you know it is an unlawful entry.
3. The person using such force reasonably believes that the entry is made or attempted for the purpose of committing a felony therein and that such force is necessary to prevent the commission of the felony.

(16-3-23)
If you do, you will likely not be around to defend yourself.
 

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one name: Cory Maye.

If you live through it that's who you'll end up emulating. More than likely though you'll end up like the little old black lady in Atlanta....DEAD.
 

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I used to have a neighbor who was some kind of supervisor in BATF. He would have a cook-out for his guys a couple of times each summer.

Those guys looked like extras from The Sopranos. Talk about thug-looking goombas!!! Big guys, all of them. Rough looking too. VERY rough looking! The kinda of guys you just wouldn't mess with.

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