Here is a brief summary of what happened to an American, Chad Chadwick, on US soil. Imagine being home one night by yourself. You’re feeling depressed, so you have a few drinks and then decide to take a bath. While you’re in the bath tub the combination of warm water and alcohol causes you to fall asleep. No big deal so far right? You’re not hurting anybody or yourself, you’re minding your own business, and as far as you know it’s just another night at home. Suddenly the door bangs open and a SWAT team comes rushing in. They throw a stun grenade into the bathroom, and when you stand up they shoot you with a .40 caliber non-lethal round. Ouch.
After being shot, the SWAT team then throws in another stun grenade. Then four or five guys come crashing through and pin you up against the wall and start beating your ass. Then they shoot you in back of the head with a taser. Then they beat your ass some more. They grab you by the throat and slam you face first on the floor. You end up with a fractured nose, bruised ribs, and permanent hearing loss. What, you might ask, would cause the Texas SWAT team to break in and wreak this kind of havoc?
It seems that one of Chad’s friends called the cops and told them they were worried about his well being. Could you please send someone around for a wellness check? The cops went to the judge and told him that Chadwick had hostages and got the warrant. After the raid he was taken to the Ft. Bend County jail and locked up in solitary for a couple of days. Read the full story here.
Ft. Bend DA John Healy tried to indict Chad Chadwick on charges: “Ft. Bend County District Attorney John Healy sought to indict Chadwick on two felony counts of assaulting a police officer, but a Grand Jury said no law was broken. It could have stopped there, but Healy’s prosecutors tried misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, calling more than a dozen officers to testify. Those charges were dropped as well. A month ago, three years after the SWAT raid, a jury found Chad Chadwick not guilty of interfering with police. With tears in their eyes members of the jury offered the exonerated defendant comforting hugs.” Source
This Is America?
There’s so much craziness here I don’t even know where to start. It started to fall apart for the police when they realized Chadwick had a clean record. Pure like the driven snow. Suddenly he’s the center of a no-knock raid and has two felony counts of assaulting a police officer brought against him? They said he drew down on them with a shampoo bottle, which is so ludicrous I would have been embarrassed to even say it out loud. Then they say he’s resisting arrest? Ever seen the videos where cops are kicking the snot out of someone and keep screaming, “Stop resisting! Stop resisting!” An obvious ploy to throw off any on-lookers who might have a camera rolling or to muddy the waters for any potential witnesses.
Look, I know cops have a tough job. Right after I got out of the Marine Corps I even took some classes with the idea of changing my major to Criminal Justice. After sitting in a class with an old veteran cop and listening to some of his stories I decided I’d be a poor fit for the police force. I’d walk in and see some scum bag raping a two year old baby girl (one of his stories) and I’d shoot the guy right between the eyes. I was a bit of a hothead back then, but at least I recognized that fact and decided to look elsewhere for a career. I didn’t want to wind up behind bars for doing something like that.
What I thought back then was that officers kept the peace. If I’d known it was becoming a Judge Dredd kind of world maybe I’d have stayed with it. Who knows? But when cops are doing no-knock raids on silly stuff like this we have to stand up and take notice. When the police more resemble a military unit than a police force we have problems.
The constitution says we don’t have to put up with soldiers running around in the streets, but the police today have flanked us by militarizing themselves. Technically we don’t have the Army walking around on our home territory, but in reality all you have to do is look at the uniforms, training, vests, vehicles and weapons and you know there’s a (para) military force present.
Don’t Target Police
The recent shootings of a few police officers, which is probably a retaliation for perceived brutality is stupid. Shooting at or harassing your local police officer is not the way to get your voice heard; however, it is a good way to get yourself killed. Folks, most cops out there are just regular guys doing their job and wanting to go home same as you and me. In the Corps we always talked about the “10%”. These were the assholes who didn’t want to watch out for their buddies, or thought the rules didn’t apply to them, or constantly screwed up and didn’t give a damn. I suspect that what we see on the news and Youtube is the “cop 10%.”
These are the bullies and bad cops and they need to be weeded out. I’m not a cop hater, but we have to realize there’ s amiddle ground where the cop does his or her job without anger. Cops are just like other citizens and need to be held accountable for their actions. If they screw up they need to face the same laws that “civilians” face.
Simply put the police need to be accountable for their actions same as every other citizen in the U.S. If a cop gets mad and kicks someone’s ass they need to be arrested and put in front of a jury just like everybody else – not have an “investigation” that fizzles out after a few months while the cop is on paid administrative leave then eventually returned to the force with no punishment.
If a SWAT team breaks into the wrong house then continues to look for things to make it look like a worthwhile raid instead of apologizing to the people who live there the leader of that raid needs to be held accountable. There are many stories out there of drug users pointing a SWAT team at an innocent house or going to the wrong address. In most cases it’s a case of, “Well, ya gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet.” No big deal unless you happen to be one of the unlucky eggs.
Leadership in all forms needs to be held accountable. It’s disgusting to me how in political circles when there’s a huge success people will flock around trying to get a piece of the credit, but when there’s a disaster they’re looking for someone to throw under the bus. Don’t try and cover it up like they did in this case. If someone makes a mistake they need to pay for it. If I did something like this and the cops got their hands on me they’d lock the door and throw away the key. As a cop you can’t be afraid to do your job. On the other hand you can’t be so quick to draw a weapon and cap some innocent civilian. Certainly there’s a fine line, but when people’s lives are on the line it’s necessary to try and recognize each situation for what it is.
Also, as a police office if you know a fellow cop is committing a crime you have a responsibility to stop the crime and arrest the officer. I know there’s a “cop brotherhood” out there and I get it. If you don’t look after your own who will? But there’s a difference between making sure you partner doesn’t get a knife in the back while performing an arrest in a nasty neighborhood, and covering up for him after he killed someone in a fit of anger. If you can’t see the difference you shouldn’t be on the force.
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