US Department of Education is Power Mad (Updated)

This is terribly wrong. Of course, should the gentleman sue, you and I shall foot the bill for the eventual settlement:

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.

The article gets better (well, worse):

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.

Six hours in a patrol car? I do not think that police officers spend that long in one. So, why did this occur?

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

His wife, from whom he is currently estranged, no longer lives at this address.

I really do not know what else to say at this time, other than to note that when we fail to secure our own borders yet are willing to use a SWAT team to collect on student loans–we are seriously messed up.

UPDATE 14:05

Original link was taken down by the news station. New link is found at http://www.news10.net/news/article/141108/2/Questions-surround-feds-raid-of-Stockton-home and I hope it will stay up.

New information says that it was not local SWAT, but federal law enforcement from the OIG (part of Dept. of Ed.) Looks like the wife is being accused of more serious crime than default on student loans.

OIG is a semi-independent branch of the education department that executes warrants for criminal offenses such as student aid fraud, embezzlement of federal aid and bribery, according to Hamilton.

I still believe that the approach taken was wrong and not commensurate with the probable risk. We’ll see what information has yet to come out on the matter.

2 thoughts on “US Department of Education is Power Mad (Updated)

  1. Pima County Sheriff’s department SWAT team is at work, too:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1391567/Iraq-war-vet-Jose-Guerena-did-open-SWAT-team-killed-him.html

    Some serious re-vamping of the SWAT rules of engagement needs to be done across the country, chief of which is eliminating the presumption of guilt that has them unloading like this.

    But then, courts have ruled you’re not allowed to defend your home against unreasonable search and seizure by the police, despite the Bill of Rights.

    1. PNR,

      According to the update I just posted, authorities are now saying it was not SWAT in Stockton, but some federal group which reports to Dept. of Ed.

      I agree, however, that things seem to be getting worse with regard to various LEO groups acting like they are in movies rather than keeping in mind that the people may well be innocent.

      The Jose Guerena case is particularly sad because of an entirely needless death–and it seems that absolutely no one will be punished for it, at least not in this life.

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