Wednesday, June 8, 2011

It Can't Happen Here - Can It?

I can't believe this story is true, but it seems to be factually accurate so far. I want to hear more information. But on the surface this looks like America is a lot closer to a ruthless police state than anyone could have ever imagined.

News 10 in Stockton, California, an ABC affiliate, reports that a SWAT team from the Department of Education broke down the door of a Stockton man's house at 6 am on Tuesday morning and held him captive for 6 hours in a police car in his underwear. They were looking for his estranged wife (who wasn't even there) because of something to do with unpaid student loans. Here is part of the story from the ABC News 10 website:

STOCKTON, CA - Kenneth Wright does not have a criminal record and he had no reason to believe a S.W.A.T team would be breaking down his door at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

"I look out of my window and I see 15 police officers," Wright said.

Wright came downstairs in his boxer shorts as the officers team barged through his front door. Wright said an officer grabbed him by the neck and led him outside on his front lawn.

"He had his knee on my back and I had no idea why they were there," Wright said.

According to Wright, officers also woke his three young children ages 3, 7, and 11, and put them in a Stockton police patrol car with him. Officers then searched his house.

As it turned out, the person law enforcement was looking for was not there - Wright's estranged wife.

"They put me in handcuffs in that hot patrol car for six hours, traumatizing my kids," Wright said.

Wright said he later went to the mayor and Stockton Police Department, but the city of Stockton had nothing to do with Wright's search warrant.

The U.S. Department of Education issued the search and called in S.W.A.T for his wife's defaulted student loans.

"They busted down my door for this," Wright said. "It wasn't even me."

Wow! Go here to see the TV report. The Department of Education apparently has confirmed that they did this but they are refusing to explain.

Things that are shocking:

1. The Department of Education has a SWAT team?
2. The government carries out home invasions over debt collection?
3. The national news media is not all over this story like flies on honey?

Maybe there will be a public outcry and a thorough investigation. Maybe heads will roll and high up officials in the Department of Education will be forced to explain what is going on.

Or maybe Obama will say it is all Bush's fault and the media will give it a pass.

You might want to note Kenneth Wright's skin color. Let's see how the Democratic appointee who heads the Department of Education, Arne Duncan, responds. I hope with outrage and decisive action. Is this administration on the side of black Americans or just left-wing black Americans?

If the facts are as they have been reported, I also hope Mr. Wright sues the Government and gets lots of free legal help. We shall see.

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