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 January 11, 2016  Court, Surveillance, U.S.

Radley Balko writes:

In April 2012, a Kansas SWAT team raided the home of Robert and Addie Harte, their 7-year-old daughter and their 13-year-old son. The couple, both former CIA analysts, awoke to pounding at the door. When Robert Harte answered, SWAT agents flooded the home. He was told to lie on the floor. When Addie Harte came out to see what was going on, she saw her husband on his stomach as SWAT cop stood over him with a gun. The family was then held at gunpoint for more than two hours while the police searched their home. Though they claimed to be looking for evidence of a major marijuana growing operation, they later stated that they knew within about 20 minutes that they wouldn’t find any such operation. So they switched to search for evidence of  “personal use.” They found no evidence of any criminal activity.

The investigation leading to the raid began at least seven months earlier, when Robert Harte and his son went to a gardening store to purchase supplies to grow hydroponic tomatoes for a school project.

Read more on Washington Post.

That law enforcement is out of control on drug-related searches is beyond dispute, I think. That a judge would give them a pass indicates that either the judiciary remains firmly entrenched with police and will hasten to defer to them, or we need stronger laws protecting us from SWAT raids based on such flimsy “evidence.”

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