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SWAT Team Demolishes Home To Arrest Man For DUI, Family Left Homeless

demolishedhomeDanby, New York – A SWAT team in New York entirely demolished a family’s home last week in order to arrest a DUI suspect.

The aftermath of the raid looked more like the devastation caused by a tornado or earthquake, and the police have made no mention of the destruction in their reports.

During the standoff, the suspect shot and killed himself to avoid going to jail, but now his family is left homeless, and there is very little chance that the police who participated in the raid will help in any way.

According to The Ithaca Journal, 36-year-old David M. Cady Jr. had recently missed court dates relating to a DUI arrest, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. At around 7 p.m. on December 30th, police arrived at Cady’s house to serve a warrant, but he refused to leave his home because he was afraid of going to jail. Cady’s wife, Melissa, and their two son’s were also in the house at the time of the raid.

Police then pulled hundreds of officers from at least 18 different local police departments and staged a 3 day siege of the family’s home.

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department made a statement which glossed over the destruction of the home, saying only that they “breached the outside area of the house.”

In the statement, they said:

“Eventually, law enforcement knew and anticipated needing to enter the residence, in order to take the subject into custody. Based upon the information being developed through interviews and practices used by other agencies in the past, it became necessary to breech part of the outside area of the house to ensure the safety of all involved.”

The police have also said that they had to handle the situation the way they did because Cady was a gun owner.

Whether or not you agree with Cady’s decision to hide from police on his property, the police had no right to demolish his home and leave his family homeless.

“She really has lost all the stability in her life in one fell swoop, so she will have to go through quite a period of readjustment. It’s pretty traumatic — this is awful stuff we’re dealing with,” Danby Federated Church pastor Ed Enstine told The Ithaca Voice.

“She’s basically lived her own life and worked and doesn’t take handouts very easily, but in this case she’s basically back to square 1 … square 0, at this point. We’re all just trying to figure out how to do something,” Enstine added.

See the destruction in the video below:


John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.

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