SWAT Team Working Overtime These Days…

December 8, 2008


Has anyone from Ohio heard about this story– a SWAT Team invaded a small family at home, tore apart their house, stole their stuff, and kept little kids at gunpoint for 9 hours?!

On Monday, December 1, a SWAT team with semi-automatic rifles entered the private home of the Stowers family in LaGrange, Ohio, herded the family onto the couches in the living room, and kept guns trained on parents, children, infants and toddlers, from approximately 11 AM to 8 PM. The team was aggressive and belligerent. The children were quite traumatized. At some point, the “bad cop” SWAT team was relieved by another team, a “good cop” team that tried to befriend the family. The Stowers family has run a very large, well-known food cooperative called Manna Storehouse on the western side of the greater Cleveland area for many years.

There were agents from the Department of Agriculture present, one of them identified as Bill Lesho. The search warrant is reportedly suspicious-looking. Agents began rifling through all of the family’s possessions, a task that lasted hours and resulted in a complete upheaval of every private area in the home. Many items were taken that were not listed on the search warrant. The family was not permitted a phone call, and they were not told what crime they were being charged with. They were not read their rights. Over ten thousand dollars worth of food was taken, including the family’s personal stock of food for the coming year. All of their computers, and all of their cell phones were taken, as well as phone and contact records. The food cooperative was virtually shut down. There was no rational explanation, nor justification, for this extreme violation of Constitutional rights.

This raid occured in the Cleveland area. Folks are asking us to call the media outlets in that area, why this story has not been in the news and to please investigate it.

I also heard of another story, at WorldNetDaily, of another SWAT Team raid on a small family in Colorado. A little boy was fooling around and bumped his head. His parents thought he was OK and didn’t want the paramedics take him to the hospital. So the paramedic reported the family to Social Services, who sent out a SWAT Team with rifles (oh yeah, that’ll help the boy) and took the boy from the family. The boy was totally fine, nothing was wrong with him. But the family was under seige for hours while the SWAT Team handcuffed the other kids and tore apart the house. The local sheriff said the reason for the extreme SWAT tactics was because the father of the family was a “self-appointed Constitutionalist” and was therefore dangerous. The family was charged with no crime. The thing is not only OUTrageous, but very, very terrifying.

Nearly a dozen members of a police SWAT team in western Colorado punched a hole in the front door and invaded a family’s home with guns drawn, demanding that an 11-year-old boy who had had an accidental fall accompany them to the hospital, on the order of Garfield County Magistrate Lain Leoniak.

The boy’s parents and siblings were thrown to the floor at gunpoint and the parents were handcuffed in the weekend assault, and the boy’s father told WND it was all because a paramedic was upset the family preferred to care for their son themselves.

Someone, apparently the unidentified paramedic, called police, the sheriff’s office and social services, eventually providing Leoniak with a report that generated the magistrate’s court order to the sheriff’s office for the SWAT team assault on the family’s home in a mobile home development outside of Glenwood Springs, the father, Tom Shiflett, told WND.

The poor mother of the boy issued a terrified statement and warning. She relays what goes on when the SWAT Team invades your home:

During the attack, she wrote, “One (officer) grabbed my daughter Beth (18 years), who also had a gun to her face, slammed her down and kneed her in the back and held her in that position… My sons Adam (14) and Noah (only 7) lay down willingly, yet they were still forced to put their hands behind their backs and were yelled at to keep their heads down.

“My daughter Jeanette was coming out from the back bedroom when she was grabbed, drug down the hallway, across a couch and slammed to the ground,” she said. “The officers then began throwing scissors and screwdrivers across the room (out of our reach, I suppose) and going through our cupboards.

“I asked if I could make a phone call and was told, ‘no.’ My daughter asked if that wasn’t one of our rights. The reply was made, ‘That’s only in the movies,'” she told WND.

…”To the SWAT Team members … how far will you go in ‘just doing your job?’ If you feel no guilt busting into an innocent family’s home, traumatizing young children and stomping the security found therein, will you follow more horrific orders?” she wrote.

“May I remind you that in Nazi Germany, outrageous, monstrous crimes were committed by soldiers ‘just doing their job?’ What will be next? Where will this stop?” she wrote.

“Fathers, mothers, families and countrymen, I challenge you to consider our story and ask yourself the question, ‘If this were my family, what would I do?’ For it very well could be you … next!”

The family said they were fully cooperative when the authorities wanted to check the boy. Obviously nothing was wrong with the boy because he was returned to his family and told to “put ice” on his bruise, which is what the family HAD been doing before they were so rudely interrupted. Nonetheless, they were FULLY within their rights to say NO to the paramedic.

This is getting kind of scary, people. The government can sic the SWAT Team after us, terrorize our families, go through our homes, take our kids, and worse… good God, what is happening?!

If you in Ohio know about this at all, please check out this site that lists the media outlets’ phone numbers and emails.

P.S. Oddly enough, the government stole the stockpile of food that the Ohio family was selling (since they run a natural-food co-op). Why would they do that?! Hmmm.


One Response to “SWAT Team Working Overtime These Days…”

  1. Cy Says:

    I read about the family of the co-op and was amazed. I’m glad you added a post about it so more will know what happened to them. This is an outrage.