DRAMATIC FOOTAGE was released this week showing Pima County SWAT Team members gunning down an Iraq War veteran inside his home.
The SWAT Team beat in his door and fired 70 rounds at the Iraq War veteran before he fired a shot.
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Via Radley Balko, the Oath Keepers – a group of law enforcement officials who have taken an oath to only follow constitutional orders – are planning a memorial rally on May 30th for slain ex-marine Jose Guerena. Guerena was killed by a SWAT team in Arizona earlier this month, while his wife and four-year-old son hid in the house. You can read more about Guerena’s killing here. The Oath Keepers have this to say on their home page:
He died with his safety still on. He didn’t fire a shot. The Pima County, Arizona (Sheriff Dupnik’s department), SWAT Team fired 71 rounds at him, hitting him with approximately 60 rounds. He had no criminal record. The only justification given by the Sheriff’s spokesman for using SWAT to serve the warrant was that it was a search warrant in a narcotics conspiracy investigation (with three other homes searched in the same neighborhood), and that this is their policy when the home-owner may be armed
This policy of using SWAT to serve mere search warrants on people with no violent criminal history will lead to more deaths of veterans and other trained American gun owners because a trained man will react precisely the same way this young Marine did.
We must take a stand on this use of SWAT against gun owners and veterans who have no violent crime history, and that stand needs to be a firm one.