Matthew Stewart is 'prisoner of war' in social drug battle, family says

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  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 16, 2012 6:46 a.m.

    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.

  • Spell_It_Right Salt Lake City, UT
    May 15, 2012 6:55 p.m.

    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!

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    May 15, 2012 11:37 a.m.

    southern heat
    Hurricane, UT

    I 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

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 15, 2012 11:35 a.m.

    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?

  • southern heat Hurricane, UT
    May 15, 2012 11:06 a.m.

    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 blame
    where 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.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    May 15, 2012 10:55 a.m.

    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.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    May 15, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    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 her

    Willie 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

  • Trooper55 Williams, AZ
    May 15, 2012 10:47 a.m.

    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.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    May 15, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    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.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    May 15, 2012 9:37 a.m.

    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.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    May 15, 2012 7:05 a.m.

    The families reaction is interesting. A lot misguided, but interesting.

  • NightTrader Calgary AB, 00
    May 15, 2012 3:01 a.m.

    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.

  • Jim Mesa, Az
    May 14, 2012 6:15 p.m.

    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.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 14, 2012 6:06 p.m.

    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.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    May 14, 2012 5:06 p.m.

    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.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    May 14, 2012 5:03 p.m.

    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.