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Man put on trial after police break into his home without a warrant
01-30-2014, 04:51 PM,
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Video  Man put on trial after police break into his home without a warrant
COTATI, CA — A couple that were violently tased and arrested when police officers broke down their front door in response to a noise complaint. Despite the shocking video that captured the incident, the police were cleared for assaulting the couple and breaking into the home, and instead the residents were put on trial.

The incident took place on May 10th, 2013, when a neighbor called the police because they allegedly heard “yelling and sobbing” coming from the residence next-door. Police were sent to investigate at 3:48 p.m.

Cotati officials predictably defended the actions of the officers. A press release stated that forced entry and tasing of everyone was “justified.” Officers were “forced to kick the door open,” police stated, adding that not kicking down the door “would be a neglect of duty.”

Police Chief Michael Parish said this break-in and assault was exemplary police work. “My officers were very professional and very calm, and I’m proud of their performance,” he said to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

Judge Peter Ottenweller backed the actions of the state, claiming that violent entry was justified to ensure safety of the residents.

James Wood was eventually taken to trial. On January 28th, the jury hung in a 6-6 split. Despite the disturbing video evidence and the hindsight knowledge that nothing except loud voices had caused this violent situation, half the jury was content with imprisoning the defendant.

“The fact that a jury of American citizens could not agree that such a blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment meant the entry into my clients’ home was unlawful, shows how far this country has disintegrated,” noted defense attorney Benjaman Adams

It is unclear whether Wood will be retried for “resisting” the aggressors.

What does it say about police when they are willing to escalate calm situations into violence so readily? What does it say about their superiors when they endorse this behavior? The police chief, the prosecutor, the judge, and even half the jury were OK with what they saw in the video.

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01-30-2014, 05:07 PM,
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RE: Man put on trial after police break into his home without a warrant
that is democracy, All Right!! The Greatest Place on Earth...
Unite The Many, defeat the few.

Revolution is for the love of your people, culture, knowledge, wisdom, spirit, and peace. Not Greed!
Soul Rebel Native Son


http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=277...enous&hl=en
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01-31-2014, 02:52 PM,
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RE: Man put on trial after police break into his home without a warrant
It is difficult to feel sorry for people who demonstrate the level of idiocy in that video.

If dangerous men with guns show up at your door, either STFU and ride it out, or go 110% to kill them in defense of your life.

Throwing a little hissy fit like in that video is stupid beyond belief.
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02-01-2014, 02:37 AM, (This post was last modified: 02-01-2014, 02:40 AM by drummer.)
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RE: Man put on trial after police break into his home without a warrant
So you either go out all guns blazing and die in a hail of bullets or run to the hills. There's no middle ground for negotiations or law ??
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02-01-2014, 03:17 PM,
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RE: Man put on trial after police break into his home without a warrant
No. If dangerous men with guns show up at your door, you either STFU and wait for the first opportunity to call your attorney, or you resist.

Unlike bar fights where measured violence can dissuade the attacker from continuing their attack, cops fight to the death. They never give up and go away.

In a fight to the death, the party able to apply the most violence the fastest wins. In a situation like the video above, the cop's capacity to deliver violence is about a thousand times greater than the homeowner.

Throwing a little hissy fit like in that video accomplishes nothing except to wildly increase the amount of time and money you will be taken for.
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