On Friday, May 9, 2014, just after 5:30am in Killeen, Texas, Marvin Louis Guy was the target of a no knock raid.

The officers were looking for drugs, yet none were found in the home.  There was some questionable paraphernalia, but nothing indicative of drug dealing- or anything damning enough for a reasonable person to feel the need to take an officers life.

Unfortunately the danger of no-knock raids is real. just ask the parents of baby Bou or the family of Detective Dinwiddie.

Detective Dinwiddie was one of the SWAT officers who broke into Guy’s house on May 9th, based on a seemingly bogus informant tip off about drugs being dealt from the home.

Likely alarmed by the men climbing through his windows at 5:30 in the morning, Guy and his wife sought to protect themselves and their property and fired on the intruders- in self defense.

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Dinwiddie, along with three other officers were shot while attempting to breach the windows to the home, according to the department’s press release.

“The TRU was beginning to breach the window when the 49 year old male inside, opened fire striking four officers.”

Since the shooting occurred during the break in, a reasonable person would assume they had not yet identified themselves as police officers.  How on earth is this not self defense?

Prosecutors are now seeking the death penalty against Guy. He is charged with capital murder in Dinwiddie’s death, as well as three counts of attempted capital murder for firing on the other officers during the shootout, injuring one other officer. Body armor protected others who were hit.

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This announcement, given by the prosecutor in open court, comes one day after Governor Rick Perry presented  Dinwiddie’s family with the Star of Texas award. This award is given out each year to police and first responders killed or injured in the line of duty, the Killeen Daily Herald reported.

Let’s flash back to December, in Texas, for a moment.

On December 19, also just before 6am, Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders, led a team in a no-knock marijuana raid on Henry Goedrich Magee’s mobile home in Somerville.

Also startled by these intruders, Magee opened fire, fearing for the safety of himself and his then pregnant girlfriend.

Sowders was unfortunately killed among the chaos.

In February, just a few months before the fateful raid in Killeen, all charges against Magee were dropped when a Texas grand jury refused to indict, based on them believing he feared for his safety and that this was a reasonable act of self defense.

With such similar circumstances and such intensely opposite repercussions one cant help but try to find the differences.

Most obvious? Guy is black and Magee is white. Also, take note of the difference in photos used in the press.

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Self defense is a right for all, and no knock raids not only pose a danger to dogs, children, and communities in general- but officers as well.  Maybe its time to
re-think that strategy.

We need to end the war on drugs and put an end to this violence.

Estimates show that the total number of SWAT deployments across the country has increased from a few hundred per year in the 1970s, to a few thousand per year in the 80s, and in 2010, the Washington Times reported estimates being as high as 50,000 per year.

Many of these are for nonviolent misdemeanor drug offenses, not big time drug kingpins.  Should we really be risking lives of citizens and officers, over what someone chooses to put into their own body?

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For more information on botched paramilitary raids, check out this shocking and interactive map from Radley Balko.

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  • A no-knock is done with a search warrant.

  • crazytrain2

    That is not true.

    If I serve a search warrant for drugs, I can only search in areas where drugs could be, and would fit.

    If I am searching for a 50 inch television, I can’t open drawers where a tv of that size could not possibly fit.

    Now if I am searching for drugs, and I find a gun, I will have to get an additional search warrant and then start looking for guns as well. If I am serving a search warrant for that tv I mentioned, and I see evidence of drug dealing, i will then get a warrant for drugs and the search starts over again.

    And the new warrant would read like this: while executing a search warrant at 1Main st for a stolen television, officers observed in plain view on a coffee table, plastic sandwich baggies, a digital scale, a larger baggie with a white powder, and a hand written ledger with names and dollar amounts. Based upon training and fifteen years as a police officer in capital city, the items in plain view on the coffee table were indicative of drug dealing. Officers are seeking a search warrant for further evidence of the sale and distribution of narcotics with the areas to be searched as anywhere where drugs could be kept to include anywhere that drugs could be stored such as drawers, cabinets, in ceiling tiles, etc

  • crazytrain2

    Look, I am not a big fan no knock warrants for just this reason. No knock warrants have two purposes. One being trying to catch persons unaware when weapons are suspected or known to be on the premises so that the suspects have less time to muster. The second purpose is to give suspects less time to try and flush evidence. As for the time when the warrant is to be served, middle of the night is utilized so as to catch the person unprepared and hopefully sleeping. However, there is increased risk, imo, because it heightens the level of fear and confusion, which can cause situations like this, where the persons inside fear they are being robbed.

    I would prefer to knab the person as they exit,!then get intel on who is still inside, how many, are there kids or dogs?

    Serving search warrants should be done when the safety of the officers and the occupants of the residence is at the highest.

    As for this incident, I am wondering if this guy was a felon that should not have had firearms in the first place. This would possibly explain the seeking of the death penalty.

    Oh, and nice touch with two mentions of “during the break-in” and “while officers were breaking in.” Typical jabs at law enforcement to make them sound like the criminals in this instance.