Re: Spell_It_Right Salt Lake City, UT"Peace officers are being made
into foot soldiers who use violent tactics to break into people's
homes"Decent society has decided that we won't surrender in
the war on drugs. Before police enter a home by force they obtain an
appropriate No-Knock warrant from a duly appointed judge. And no,
Matthew Stewart, isn't a victim. He is a suspect that has been charged
with murder. Of course he will be allowed to use the defense that he is a
victim during his trial. Good luck with that one.
Matthew is a victim of the drug war. Jared Francom was a victim, now he is a
casualty of the drug war. Officer Francom's wife, kids, and family are
victims of the drug war. All of the officer's wounded that night and their
families are victims of the drug war. The drug war creates more and more
victims every day, innocent victims. Everyone who works and pays taxes to pay
for non-violent drug users to sit in jail cells are victims of the drug war.
Brother against brother, a war against our own people, for what? How can
Prohibition save us from ourselves when it makes free choice a criminal act?
Peace officers are being made into foot soldiers who use violent tactics to
break into people's homes which was once deemed by the citizen's of
this country as the ultimate sin because it is an invasion of our right of
personal security, personal liberty, and private property. Nowhere in the
Constitution does it say that all citizens are guaranteed certain unalienable
rights unless they are in possession of drugs!
southern heatHurricane, UTI guess that really is the question.
Has the war on drugs worked? Or has it become simply a war on our own
people.It’s easy to blame the drug addict for using drugs, and yes
they are responsible for getting involved in drugs.I do have some
compassion for those who find themselves addicted.We have put resources
into trying to stop illegal drugs; it is estimate we have spent over a trillion
dollars trying to stop illegal drugs.I wonder if the money would have been
better spent elsewhere.1/3 of those in prison are there for drug
possession or distribution. They cost us all alot of money to keep them there. I
wonder if it really has made us more safe.But the fact that cannot be
disputed is making drugs illegal have led to more crime, and made the
distribution of the drugs very lucrative. Why is alcohol not illegal? in many
ways it is more dangerous and determental to our society then marijuana.I
wonder if we would be better off with legalization of drugs and treatment at
this point.those who do not learn from history are doomed
Re: VIDAR Murray, UT"I suppose most people think that if you just
comply with police orders you will be safe: that is not necessarily true"So what is your point? When you are in mortal danger are you going to
call a cop .... or a crook?
Vidar.. you missed the whole point. If he hadn't been breaking the law, had
a job, lived a productive life, the police would never have showed up at his
door..hence, everyone including the dead officer and the violent law breaking
murderer would still be a live. Put the blamewhere it lies...And,
btw, how about printing some of the gazzilion search warrents served and have
taken drug addicts, like Stewert, off the streets, making people like me and the
other gazzilion people sleep safe at night.
Ismael Mena 45 years old Denver, Colorado: Mena was killed when police barged
into his house looking for drugs. They had the wrong address. Pedro
Oregon Navarro 22 years old Houston, Texas: Following up on a tip from a drug
suspect, 6 officers crowded into a hallway outside Navarro’s bedroom. When
the door opened, one officer shouted that he had a gun. Navarro’s gun was
never fired, but officers fired 30 rounds, with 12 of them hitting Pedro. No
drugs were found. Mario Paz 65 years old Compton, California: Mario
was shot twice in the back in his bedroom during a SWAT raid looking for
marijuana. No drugs were found. Isaac Singletary 80 years old
Jacksonville, Florida: Isaac lived in a rough neighborhood and often brought out
his gun to chase off drug dealers. So when he saw a couple of low-lifes
conducting transactions on his lawn, he came out with it again and told them to
get off his property. Except they were undercover narcotics officers so they
shot him. Isaac managed to get a shot or two off in response, but the officers
were able to finish him off.
John Adams 64 years old Lebanon, Tennessee: Shot to death during a SWAT drug
raid while watching TV. The house didn’t match the description on the
warrant.Annie Rae Dixon 84 years old Tyler, Texas: Bedridden with
pneumonia during a drug raid. Officer kicked open her bedroom door and
accidentally shot herWillie Heard 46 years old Osawatomie, Kansas:
SWAT conducted a no-knock drug raid, complete with flash-bang grenades. Heard
was shot to death in front of his wife and 16-year-old daughter who had cried
for help. Fearing home invasion, he was holding an empty rifle. The raid was at
the wrong house
The family wants everybody to believe that he is a vitcim, when he brutal
murdered a Police Officer carrying out his duty by severing a warrant. He made
statement that he would go out in a blaze, leads me to believe that he knew they
were Police Officers and had no reguard for their life and the his family wants
you to believe and donate money for his defense, I say leave him take his chance
with public denfender's officer or why doesn't his family mortage
everything they own for his defense if they believe that he is a vitcim? I would
rather give money to the family that lost their husband and father and the
children before I give to a cold blooded murder and I hope if he gets convicted
of frist dregree murder that he gets the death pently and that it's carried
out as quick as possiable. I believe that when you grow drugs and kill a police
officer the family needs to look at were they failed and both family and he
needs to take responisable for his action as a man and not as a croward.
I suppose most people think that if you just comply with police orders you will
be safe: that is not necessarily true: unarmed people have been shot,
innocent people have been shot.police have gone into the wrong house and
shot people. People who have nothing to do with drugs have had their homes
forceable invaded and been killed by police. police have shot people for
simply reacting: what would you do in a split second if someone bursed into your
house with guns and you did not know who they are?These commando search
warranty raids are used too much.Obeying the law does not guarantee your
safety.you do not have to be involved in the drug culture to be shot and
killed by DEA and swat drug detectives.
Stewart will stand trial for murdering another human being, not smoking pot. The
family's deflection of responsibility from the core issue is sad and
perhaps explains some of Stewart's upbringing.
The families reaction is interesting. A lot misguided, but interesting.
The "spin" that his family is putting on this is sick! Rallies? Fund
raisers for his defense?? Whining about police raids on her son's grow-op?
I am sorry, but I'd feel a lot better helping out the children, wife and
family who have lost a father, husband, brother and son through the murderous
act of a drug dealer. I couldn't believe what I was reading.
Flip Wilson used to say something along the lines "The devil made me do
it". At no time did anyone take Stewarts free agency from him, he
deliberately choose a path that led down. The only person to blame here is
Stewart. He made poor decisions, now must face the consquences.
If convicted Mr. Stewart will tell the judge that he takes "full
responsibility" in an effort to get his sentence reduced. If he is sent to
prison he won't get special treatment as a "prisoner of war'.
Decent society has sympathy for the families of his victims and not so much for
the individual charged with taking a human life.
No, Stewart. You are not the victim. You are a murderer, who said
almost a year before, that you wante to go out "in a blaze of glory" if
the cops came for your large pot grow (and freezer full).That's
called premeditated murder.You can't say you didn't know
they were police; they announced themselves and that's what told you to
hide. Then, when you realized what you'd done, you ran like the little
chicken you are, to a shed in your back yard.Anyone who wants to
make Stewart a victim in the war on drugs, had better choose a peaceful person
who holds down a real job and is raising a family.
Re: "Matthew Stewart is a 'prisoner of war'"I'm glad they put the term "prisoner of war" in quotes, so
we'd know they aren't serious.Re: "Stewart's
sister-in-law . . . said she believes he would not have knowingly fired at
police officers . . . ."Except, he did.I know that
painting the perpetrator of vicious criminal acts as the victim is sometimes the
only avenue available to defense counsel in capital cases, but there comes a
time when one just looks silly doing so.This is that time.