Who Will Be Held Accountable?

Here is a brief summary of what happened to an American, Chad Chadwick, on US soil.  Imagine being home one night by Top Survival Blogyourself.  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.

By Jarhead Survivor, a contributing author SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

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 Top Survival Bloghad 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 Top Survival Blogharassing 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.

Accountability

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 Top Survival Blogsomeone’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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-Jarhead Survivor

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23 comments… add one
  • kevin January 17, 2015, 9:13 pm

    WOW I have heard of some FUCKED UP STORIES but that one has em ALL BEATEN so what can the average everyday dude DO about it

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  • Anonymous January 17, 2015, 9:15 pm

    WOW I have some FUCKED UP sortys before but that one has em ALL BEATEN

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  • Johnny Holmes January 17, 2015, 9:31 pm

    Crazy story. Would not believe it if not for video.

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  • Roger January 18, 2015, 1:31 am

    It’s about personal integrity or lack of such, and the combative attitude of us (the police) against them (the public)! I realize and sympathize with the extremely difficult job that police do, but ultimately, the police work for us(?) I hope this man is suing the crap out of those police departments and more importantly the actual cops who assaulted him! One of these days, some poor SWAT is going to attack the wrong house, of someone waiting (perhaps even baiting) for them. That person will have the considerable advantage of home defense, and the arrogance of those officers will get them and perhaps innocent bystanders killed! I personally belief that the personage of alpha-dog LEOs is less than 5%, but that would still be thousands, if not tens of thousands of ‘bad’ cops in this country. One is all it takes! If the government ever succeeds in disarming the public, then what can the average citizen do about a no-knock raid, not to mention the criminal element who will still be well-armed? Good Luck! (even to LEOs)

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  • 3rdMan January 18, 2015, 3:09 pm

    Been doing this a long time and never have heard such a story, not that it couldn’t happen that is. Jarhead if you can link the PC affidavit they used to obtain the search warrant that would be great, It should be public record by now. These type of incidents give the rest of us a bad name for sure. Sounds like he may have also been a victim of SWATING . I think this agency will be paying him a few dollars before it is all over with!!!

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  • Mountainwalker January 18, 2015, 3:25 pm

    ALL cops, be they local, state or federal have long since degenerated into geatapo thugs ! They are filth, slime, the scum of the earth !

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  • mountainwalker January 18, 2015, 3:28 pm

    ALL cops, be they local, state or federal have long since degenerated into gestapo thugs ! They are filth, slime, the scum of the earth !

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  • Mountainwalker January 18, 2015, 3:57 pm

    ALL cops, be they local, state or federal have long since degenerated into gestapo thugs ! They are vile slime, the scum of the earth !

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    • Rick January 18, 2015, 10:38 pm

      Mountainwalker,

      I guess when there is garbage like you out their you need garbage men!!!!

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  • irishdutchuncle January 18, 2015, 11:22 pm

    hopefully there will be enough introspection about this by everyone.
    I don’t want to participate in the upcoming Civil War. I hope that the cops really don’t want it either.

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  • Mountain Trekker January 19, 2015, 1:48 am

    I ran through Missouri City, Mo. on a train for many years and it is about as big as a postage stamp, hard to believe that they have a SWAT team. And sure wish someone would tell me where Ft Bend County is located. It sure ain’t around Missouri City Mo. Trekker Out

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  • Mountain Trekker January 19, 2015, 1:54 am

    After reading “More links”, I see that this was in Texas. Article is somewhat misleading where it is termed Missouri SWAT. Trekker Out.

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  • Joel Forge January 19, 2015, 8:17 am

    Good catch – Missouri City, Texas.

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  • SL Haynes January 19, 2015, 10:05 am

    Wow, that’s a bad scene for sure. Fort Bend county is right next door. Also, a month or so ago, the local PD came to my home on a welfare check. Scary! I too support LEOs, especially on the local and state level but there are a number of bad individuals around that would to love see bad things happen and ask for a welfare check just to see something like this. Interestingly, the Officer did not have a name associated with the welfare check, just an address. Be wary of your neighbors folks!

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  • extremesgs January 21, 2015, 5:47 pm

    from someone on the other side of this… with the relevant training and experience…
    i gotta say, it sounds like whoever signed the warrant was the one asleep in a bathtub.

    There’s either a shitload missing from the “report” or they’ve got some serious leeway when it comes to getting warrants… though not sure how; the constitution that guides me writing a warrant is supposed to be the same one guiding them.

    I’ve heard some effed up stories about stuff like this… .
    speaking from experience, these issues come from poor training, poor/no intel, lack of good police-work, and unfortunately, sometimes BS in their affidavits.

    SWAT will be called for a barricade/hostage situation. However, there are steps to take in order to determine that’s what you actually have.

    Further, the stories about hitting the wrong house are a disgrace- that’s shitty police work.

    Lastly, there are criteria for utilizing SWAT. There are a couple systems that I am familiar with (OPSEC, sorry), and likely others out there. That being said, its pretty clear that not all agencies/teams utilize protocols to initiate an activation. If they had, they’d avoid some of the misuse that does, unfortunately happen; however small the percentage… its preventable.

    let’s see if we can keep this one civil, objective, and hater-free….

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    • Jarhead Survivor January 22, 2015, 4:28 pm

      I agree, extremsgs. Like I said, I have no problem with cops doing their duty. But when someone screws up like this I expect a head or heads to roll.

      And then to try and cover it up afterward by pressing more charges just makes it all the worse.

      Accountability is the key and until someone is held responsible this kind of shoddy police work will keep happening.

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  • BamaMan January 26, 2015, 2:41 pm

    Cops will act like regular people who you take away the tactical vest and military arsenal in their cruiser.

    Sure I know they need a Kevlar and a service pistol but the cop who directs traffic at my kids elementary school is wearing 5-11 tactical pants, bravo company flag patch velcro hat, and does not look like your friend. Not to mention the suburb we live in is its own municipality with Mayberry like crime stats.

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    • Anonymous July 15, 2015, 5:03 pm

      Dear God, not the 5.11 pants! That obviously means they’re extremely militarized.

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  • Charles February 16, 2015, 10:15 pm

    What to do? You might consider moving to a rural area. I think in a low population area the cops for the most part are a tad more reasonable, for the most part. I do realize there are always exceptions to any strategy.

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  • Mike February 17, 2015, 12:03 am

    so I am guessing that after all this was done a class action suit is being brought. Not only should these swat guys be relieved of their law enforcement positions they need to be put behind bars and into a cell with the meanest bad asses of all and then let the prisoners know they are cops. The definition of kidnapping is to physically impede ones ability to move about. Certainly at the least the cops are guilty of that not to mention assault and battery and use of what could be described as deadly force. A lot of people have died of misuse of tasers by thug cops, which these guys fit the profile of

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  • jmtnvalley February 17, 2015, 3:36 pm

    Wow. How do good cops stand up and support these guys? And what about the judge? I would be very hesitant to issue no-knock warrants after this. But hey, judges are nearly immune from prosecution. Even more so than cops. Doesn’t the Geneva convention say that “I was just following orders” is not a defense. Oh, that’s right, we are not in an international war with ourselves.

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  • Charles February 17, 2015, 10:08 pm

    Several years ago I asked a guy to leave my house several times. I saw that this was not working so I eventually shot him, in my house. Well, he left. I went to jail and spent two years in a Federal Prison. Cops do the same and worse every day and get a pat on the back. That leaves a bad taste in my mouth for cops. Luckily, the cops in this small town seen very scenseable. There is no way I could live in a big city. I see how they act and it isn’t good.
    Something needs to be done. We are, or very soon will be on the same side. This is America.

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  • Tim Shepard April 4, 2019, 3:12 pm

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