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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Raid Goes Terribly Wrong by Chicago SWAT

Captain’s Journal – by Herschel Smith
Courthouse News Service: ”Chicago 
policeterrorized six children in the wrong 
apartment, demanding at gunpoint that an 
11-month-old show his hands, and telling one child, “This is what 
happens when your grandma sells crack,” the family claims in 
Lead plaintiffs Charlene and Samuel Holly sued Chicago, police 
Officer Patrick Kinney and eight John Does in Federal Court, on 
their own behalves and for their children and children.
The six children were 11 months to 13 years old at the time. 
Plaintiffs Connie and Michelle Robinson are Charlene Holly’s 
The complaint states: “On November 29, 2012 in the early evening 
hours Charlene Holly was in the first floor apartment at 10640 S. 
Prairie in the front room helping minor Child #1, Child #2, Child #4, 
and Child #5 rehearse songs for their church choir. Charlene was 
also caring for Child #3, who was 11 months old. Child #6 was in 
the upstairs apartment alone.
“Charlene and the children heard a loud boom outside and a voice 
cry out ‘Across the street!’
Defendant Officers John Doe 1-8 burst through the door to the 
first floor apartment dressed in army fatigues and pointing guns at 
Charlene and the children. The officers yelled at Charlene and the 
children to ‘Get on the ground!’ The officers referred to Charlene 
and the children as ‘m—f—ers’ numerous times.
“Afraid of the guns being pointed at them, Children #1, 2, 4, and 5 
ran to a back bedroom in fear of the officers. In response to the 
defendants’ order to ‘Get on the ground!,’ Charlene got down on 
the floor. A defendant Officer told Charlene to ‘Put the baby down’ 
so Charlene set Child #3 down beside her. The officers yelled at 
Charlene to get Child #3′s hands where they could see them.
“After attempting to show the officers that the eleven-month-old’s 
hands were empty, Charlene asked the officers ‘What is this 
about?’ To which they replied ‘Shut the f— up.’”
Samuel Holly says he asked the police what they were doing, and 
called the 111th Street police station asking for a “white shirt” to 
come explain the situation, but no supervisor ever came to the 
“Charlene continually asked what the purpose of the detention 
was,” the complaint states. “Finally, an officer produced a warrant 
and handed it to Charlene. The warrant was for an individual 
named ‘Sedgwick M. Reavers’ and the premises listed was ‘The 
second floor apartment located at 10640 S. Prairie Ave. A yellow 
brick two flat building with the numbers 10640 on the front of the 
building.’ In other words, the warrant clearly identified the proper 
location as the second floor apartment. Charlene, Samuel, and the 
children were in the first floor apartment.
“As the officers were detaining Charlene, Samuel, and Children #1-
5 in the first floor apartment, they also proceeded to the second 
floor apartment, where Child #6 was home alone. Child #6 was 13 
years old at the time of the incident.
“The officers approached Child #6 in a bedroom and turned out the 
lights. They began flashing red lights at the child, calling him ‘m-f—
er,’ placing him in plastic handcuffs and telling him ‘I started to 
Tase your grandmother and cousins’ and ‘This is what happens 
when your grandma sells crack.’ Child #6 begged the police not to 
hurt his family in the apartment below and stated that his 
grandmother did not sell crack.”
The man named in the warrant, Sedgwick Reavers, “was sitting in a 
squad car outside of 10640 S. Prairie throughout the entire 
incident,” according to the complaint.
The family claims that “the following day Charlene discovered the 
family dog, Samson, not in the basement where the family kept him, 
but in an upstairs laundry room. Samson could not have reached the 
laundry room without human assistance. On information and belief, 
defendant Officers dragged and choked Samson from the basement 
with the dog pole and left him in the upstairs laundry room 
unattended, where he died.”
Let’s deal with this in two phases.  First, the training and tactics.  
As shooters, remember our rules for safety, trigger discipline being 
among the top rules.  This is true for police and SWAT team 
members as well.  It’s true because of sympathetic muscle reflexes.  
An example of this kind of bumbling stupidity is the death of Mr. 
Eurie Stamps, where thepolice officer stumbled over the top of his 
prone body (Mr. Stamps had done what he had been told to do and 
gone to the floor), and in so stumbling, the officer – whose finger 
was on the trigger of his rifle – squeezed the trigger and killed Mr. 
Stamps.  Mr. Stamps was innocent of all wrong-doing.  The name of 
the officer is Paul Duncan.  His first thought when he killed Stamps 
was, Jesus, was that my rifle?”  And it was, and Mr. Stamps is dead.
Now.  Let’s discuss something that most people don’t know about 
Marine Corps training.  My son was a SAW gunner in the 2/6 
infantry, Golf Company, 3rd Platoon, during the 2007 combat tour 
of Fallujah and the pre-deployment workup.  The senior Marines 
had experienced a tour of Iraq, and wanted their SAW gunners to 
have a round in the chamber, bolt open (the SAW is an open bolt 
weapon anyway), and finger on the trigger.  They had seen combat 
and they wanted their SAW gunners with zero steps to shooting.  
Their lives depended on it.  They also did CQB drills with live 
rounds, along with squad rushes.
My son had an ID (if I’m not mistaken it was during training at 
Mohave Viper).  He tripped and had a sympathetic muscle reflex, 
squeezing the trigger of his SAW.  He spent an extended period of 
time in the “room of pain.”  They wanted him trained to overcome 
that sympathetic muscle reflex (which can be done, but it takes 
hundreds or thousands of hours of drills).  He spent the time 
learning to overcome that reflex, and performed well during his 
tour.  He also tried to teach his “boot” Marines the same way he 
was trained, but the Marines had begun to change and focus more 
on cultural sensitivity training and other COIN tools.  He got out of 
the Marine Corps.
Why am I discussing this?  Because no matter who you are, no 
matter how much time you spend, no matter how earnestly you 
wish it, no matter how many directives you write, if you are a 
SWAT team member, you will never be trained in such a manner.  
Never.  You will never be trained like a U.S. Marine who has spent 
every day for a year and a half in pre-deployment workup to do a 
combat tour of Iraq.  Because you will never be trained in this 
manner, your tactics are dangerous, all of the time, and in all 
situations.  I don’t care how many times you have inexperienced 
Soldiers spend a week with you doing CQB drills.  With the 
standdown in Iraq and Afghanistan, they oftentimes know as little 
as you.  These tactics place people in danger when there are better 
Now for the next step.  Nor should you be trained like my son.  It 
isn’t within your province to do this.  The militarization of the 
police and police tactics in America is an effort to sidestep Posse 
Comitatus.  It’s a way to have a standing army police Americans 
rather than have the existing standing army do the policing of 
Americans.  It’s a typical progressive, statist trick.
The tactics used by the Chicago police are thuggish, brutish, and 
stupid.  These tactics are stupid when we can revert to old school 
detective work.  These tactics are dangerous for the people upon 
whom they are perpetrated.  The officers involved do not have the 
skills necessary to do the job, and never will.  These tactics should 
be reserved for only the most extreme situations like in situ armed 
resistance by known criminals such as Mexican drug gangs.  
Finally, these tactics comport with a communist ideology, where 
thestate reigns supreme over every aspect of the life of a nation, 
and the rights of citizens are trampled underfoot.
The officers who perpetrated this raid should be ashamed.  Chicago 
should be ashamed, and America should be ashamed to have such 
teams who perpetrate this wickedness on its citizens.  Extreme 
violations of rights like this call for extreme measures to stop the 
violations.  These men have even suppressed the God-given sense 
of duty to protect and defend women and children.  Rather, they 
point rifles at them and call them motherfucker.
What would John Adams say if he were here today?
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