Not that I think anyone is going to read this that hasn't already seen it at Tamara's, but this is outrageous.
If you haven't watched the video there, it sort of glosses over the fact that the warrant was being served on the victim's estranged wife, who is never actually named. (The accompanying artiocle says she is estranged, the video does not.) It opens by saying that "Police and Federal Agents kicked down his door" and ends with
the Stockton PD's claim that the jackbooted government thugs requeste don eofficer for "police presence", but that offier did not actually participate in the raid-good. They then claimed that the victim and his children were "not held against their will."
HE WAS HANDCUFFED IN THE BACK OF A POLICE CAR IN HIS UNDERWEAR FOR SIX AND A HALF HOURS!
This crap has always been been outrageous. It's bad enough when a local PD gets the address wrong, whether through human error or stupidity, and kicks down the wrong door, and especially when a Marine combat veteran gets murdered by some badge wielding thug (Sheriff Dupnik is a disgrace, all by himself), but...
A Department of Education SWAT Team? Are you kidding me?
Attempting to serve someone who defaulted on their student loans? Fine... but I question whether it needs even one Federal agent with a badge and a gun, and if it does, the US Marshal's service should be able to provide that. That's what they're there for.
Maybe bringing in someone who's got some professionalism will avoid turning "You've defaulted on your loans" into another Waco.
And that's what really pisses me off about these situations, that it seems that no one, in Stockton, or in Waco, or in Ruby Ridge,ID, ever even considered simply knocking at the door and asking "Mrs. Wright/Mr. Koresh/Mr. Weaver? We need to speak to you... Well, we have a warrant, so, one way or the other, yes you will."
"The easy way or the hard way" is cheap melodrama but sometimes, it's an accurate description, and, even if you have done nothing wrong, if The Man has a warrant, cheap melodrama may be your best case sceanario.
Especially if The Man sends the Keystone Kops.