Start A Petition

An Interactive Map of Botched SWAT and Paramilitary Police Raids

Society & Culture  (tags: Interactive map, botched paramilitary raids, deaths, increasing, usa )

- 2849 days ago -
40,000 of these raids take place every year, and are needlessly subjecting nonviolent drug offenders, bystanders and wrongly targeted civilians to the terror of having their homes invaded while they're sleeping. Innocent civilians are being killed.


We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.


Carole Sarcinello (338)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 10:14 am

GREAT find, Sheryl!

Thanks for posting.


Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 11:18 am
Thanks Carole, so much to offer so little my best where I can.

T. A. H (39)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 11:46 am
I was always opposed to gun ownership until a friend pointed out to me that a well-armed citizenry prevents fascist governments from imposing their will. Hmmmmmp! Now, we have the worst of both worlds.

Joan for Peace (413)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 11:48 am
wonderful post, my state did not look good as far as my own safety .

Barry Hodge

Police in Selmer, Tennessee break down the door to the home of Barry and Sheila Hodge. They were on a no-knock drug raid looking for marijuana.

According to a $25 million lawsuit filed by Mrs. Hodge in 1998, police never announced themselves before forcing entry and shooting Mr. Hodge in the arm and chest, killing him. Mrs. Hodge claims she was thrown on the floor and handcuffed, and the Hodge's daughter was locked in her bedroom.

Press accounts do not indicate if marijuana was found in the home.


"Woman files $25 million lawsuit over drug bust that left husband dead," Associated Press, August 12, 1998.

Aug 4, 1997

John Adams

On October 4, 2000 at about 10 p.m., police in Lebanon, Tennessee raid the home of 64-year-old John Adams on a drug warrant. In what Lebanon Police Chief Billy Weeks would later say was a "severe, costly mistake," police indentify the wrong house.

According to Adams' wife, police don't identify themselves after knocking on the couple's door. When she refuses to let them in, they break down the door, and handcuff her. Adams meets the police in another room with a sawed-off shotgun. Police open fire, and shoot Adams dead.

One officer would later be fired after the incident, and several others suspended, but no criminal charges would ever come of the raid. Adams' widow eventually won a $400,000 settlement from the city.

sheyl dont have the green stars to give you or carole for all you are doing in this fight to protect ourselves from this crazed behavior of our police force. david recently had a story about this. we must keep these stories on the front page and spread the word to all. we are in danger and this is not justice.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 12:06 pm
In how they did this (killing the man) for "his own safety"........WTF?

Joseph Buczek

December 8, 1996—FL

A Sarasota, Florida SWAT team is called to the home of Joseph Buczek, who police concede had done nothing wrong and was suspected of no crime.

The SWAT team arrived after a cab driver falsely called and reported that Buczek was "bloody and injured." When police arrived, they found Buczek asleep in his favorite easy chair, apparently intoxicated and depressed, with a gun at his side.

Hours later, a SWAT team showed up, and deployed a flashbang grenade in Buczek's direction. Buczek, apparently alarmed, raised his gun in the direction of the noise, at which point Sgt. John LeBlanc shot him to death. Police later said they deployed the flashbang and commenced the raid on Buczek "for his own safety" and that police themselves would have been criticized had Buczek killed himself while police continued to wait him out.

A subsequent investigation found no wrongdoing on the part of police, and concluded that Buczek shouldered most of the blame for his own death.


Lou Ferrara, "Tragedy on 12th Street; The Shooting of Joseph Buczek, Jr.; Police Decisions Took a Deadly Turn," Sarasota Heard Tribune, Febraury 2, 1997, p. A1.

Lou Ferrara, "Review: Victim most at fault in shooting," Sarasota Herald-Tribune, June 18, 1997, p. A1.


Barbara W (342)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 12:09 pm
"Thanks Carole, so much to offer so little time" And so it is! The truth is being replaced by force. Force would have the worlds people on their knees paying homage to the REAL, not REEL, terrorist and the fools that would "Dare" serve them. Good post Dandelion..

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 12:23 pm
Thanks Carole and Barbara for helping to promote this along. We all need to be made very aware of this.

H Nick H (1826)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 12:28 pm
Let's see, we have facists republicans wanting to take firm control of our government. They control almost all the media, they can shut down communiations at any point time, including internet, phone, TV. And they are building up their own arsenal of weapons. If I remember my history correctly, Hitler did the same thing, only he did create jobs for the country. These modern day repubs don't even want to do that.


Mandi T (367)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 12:35 pm
Tks Sheryl

Yvonne White (229)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 12:57 pm
OMG.. Save us from ourselves!;)

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 1:24 pm
UNBELIEVABLE - could things be any worse than this in China or any 3rd world banana republik regarding human rights and justice ???? If I were you I'd start thinking about relocating.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 1:26 pm
oops, forgot to thank Sheryl for this very frightening story, rather these frigtening stories, that is.

MmAway M (520)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 2:56 pm
OMGOODNESS Sheryl....This is so OUTSTANDING, I HAVE TO FORWARD THIS ONE.....Type in your State and take a peek...Jeepers! Thank you soooooo much!

Barb Knight (1685)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 3:12 pm
Thnx for fwding *C* & Marilynn!! Shaking my head in disbelief!! And of course, Thnx Dandelion!!

Kit B (276)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 5:06 pm

How could any one but notice that Texas and California are nearly buried beneath the many "pins". Many of us can remember a time when we proudly said, "not here, never here" was that really so long ago? Never my friends is now, it is here and what are we doing? United we are strong, divided we are lost, just a footnote in history.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 5:07 pm

Give thanks for the war on drugs for this is what is has reaped. We surrender our rights for the illusion of safety and soon we look around and we have no rights.

MmAway M (520)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 5:12 pm
Living in California Kit....It is sooooo sad! Tunnels etc.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 5:43 pm
Richard Brown
(123 rounds, why the overkill for one person? A 14 year old cowering in bathroom, at that age she might never be right again)

March 12, 1996—FL

After a tip from an informant stating that he was selling drugs from his home, a Miami SWAT team bursts into the home of 73-year-old retired salesman Richard Brown, and immediately begins firing.

By the end of the raid, they'd pumped 123 rounds into Brown and his apartment, killing him at the scene. Brown's 14-year-old great-granddaughter was also home at the time of the raid, and cowered in the bathroom during the gunfire.

Police found no drugs in Brown's home.

The city of Miami would later pay a $2.5 million settlement to Brown's estate after officers on the raiding SWAT team were indicted for lying about the details of the raid.

Former Miami Internal Affairs supervisor and 25-year police veteran John Dalton, now retired, told the Miami Herald that the Internal Affairs supervisor at the time of the raid, William O'Brien, discouraged a thorough investigation of the Brown case. "They were very defensive about this shooting from the beginning," Dalton said, adding that he'd been "chewed out" by O'Brien for asking difficult questions.


"Four cops convicted in Miami," St. Petersburg Times, April 10, 2003.


wooddragon xx (88)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 6:14 pm
Cheers Dandelion....

And your tax dollars pay for this?????

“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.” ~Howard Zinn

Phyllis P (232)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 6:16 pm
I don't know that is worse, the number of deaths of an innocent, or the number of raids on innocents? OMG. Thanks for sharing this. Unbelievable.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 6:28 pm
You cannot currently send a star to wooddragon because you have done so within the last week.
Good quote by Howard Zinn.....
Thanks also for your comment Phyllis. I'd say both is bad.

Pat B (356)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 7:08 pm
Thank you, Dandelion (and Carole) for this.Passing this on to friends too!!

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 7:26 pm
Rev. Accelyne Williams......We apologize but this happens all the time......that was in 1994.....and it still goes on.

March 25, 1994—MA

Williams, a 75-year-old retired minister, dies of a heart attack after 13 members of a heavily-armed Boston SWAT team storm his apartment in body armor and black masks.

One police source tells the Boston Herald of the raid, "Everything was done right, except it was the wrong apartment." Police later discover that an informant had given them incorrect information that a "Jamaican drug posse operated out of the building," and failed to specify which apartment to target.

A week after the raid, media investigators discovered that three of the officers involved had been accused in a 1989 civil rights suit of using nonexistent informants to secure drug warrants. The suit resulted in a $50,000 settlement from the city of Boston and one witness testified that an officer apologized after realizing the mistake, telling its occupants, "this happens all the time."


Joseph Mallia and Maggie Mulvihill, "Minister dies as cops raid wrong apartment," Boston Herald, March 26, 1994, p. 1.

Maggie Mulvihill, "3 cops at botched raid were sued in prior gaffe," Boston Herald, April 1, 1994, p. 6.


Michael Carney (217)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 10:24 pm
And just think we just celebrated "Independence Day" lol What a f**king joke, that is...Sadly the joke is on us...

Arild Gone for now (174)
Thursday July 7, 2011, 1:32 am
Thanks Dandelion and to "C" for fw.

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 7, 2011, 7:48 am
These raids are stupid and dangerous. Dangerous for both those who are wrongly targeted, and also for the police taking place in the raids. I'm a law abiding armed citizen, and a nighttime raid on my house when I am asleep at night only ends one way: A shootout, that no doubt results in my death, and most likely, the death of one or more police officers. After all, if someone breaks down my door in the middle of the night and barges into my house while I am asleep, I'm shooting first and asking questions later. My obvious instinct is to assume it's a violent intruder here to harm me or my family.

These raids need to be stopped. They are dangerous to all involved.

Akin Adelakun (21)
Thursday July 7, 2011, 8:59 am

patricia lasek (317)
Thursday July 7, 2011, 10:07 am

Calle J (19)
Thursday July 7, 2011, 1:52 pm

Incredible find.
Soecial sqads and FBI also raiding houses of Peace activists for months already.

Thank you Dandelion.
Wonder if this is planet earth?

. (0)
Thursday July 7, 2011, 7:50 pm
I feel safer already. On top of this, the ATF is arming criminals with assault weapons. Good plan, bloody brilliant!!!!!!

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday July 7, 2011, 9:37 pm
I had seen that story on TV Hugh and I almost chocked. I mean, I'm not even in law enforcement but I could see that was a bad plan. Like they get to know where the weapons are when they show up on dead bodies. Good plan. Thanks for adding the link to this article so that others may learn of it if they are not familiar.

Kit B (276)
Friday July 8, 2011, 10:28 am

Yep, our genius ATF followed this plan to allow drug lords to buy and transport hand guns, automatic rifles, and an assortment of dangerous weapons. There was just one little problem - no follow up. Where did the guns go? Oops! Some times I wonder just how stupid things can get, then I remember it is the government and in so many areas they do excel at stupid and sadly at cruelty as well. Why do we accept the excuse that it was "the wrong house or apartment'? People are dead, families destroyed and it's just nothing more then an "Oops"! That's just not acceptable and we should take no excuses for this.

Nathan C. (0)
Friday July 8, 2011, 12:17 pm

Toni C (508)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 5:13 pm
Noted, Sheryl... thanks for the article. Had it happen to me in 1996... took them about three seconds to realize they had the wrong house, but they went ahead and searched it, anyhow, "just to make it look good"... then last year, they went in on my cousin's daughter three days before Christmas. She was in the bathtub and my pitbull, Molly, was out in the front yard. Shot my dog 6 times and still didn't kill her! One of the kids called my daughter and she went over to the house and took care of Molly until she passed. Nothing came of that raid, either, except for the loss of my dog....

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 6:25 pm
This is why I put this on here. So many think, not here, not in America. I'm sorry for the loss of your dog. They feel no wrong in these things and those who are on the wrong end of things it's like too bad for you.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 6:32 pm

Quite often, when I read posts, such as this one (and I am grateful that you posted it, dear friend), more than anything I am curious to watch the responses.

It's good to be reassured that a pulse can still be measured . . . and in this case (from many) . . . A STRONG ONE!

Now, THAT is what keeps me (and others who care) going!

Thank you, Sheryl.


Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 2:30 am
Lovely post Dandelion. Excellent comments.

America has become an extremely violent society. It is scary. You have the biggest war budget. You are the biggest producers and exporters of weapons. You are the home for the biggest exploitative corporations, and the most billionaires - and yet you have so many extremely caring people. The contrast are stark!

But I assume that having such a rich elite means that they are scared that the poor eventually will come and take away their riches. Thus, they need to feel save. Hence, they establish all types of police and security forces who are told to shoot anyone that looks suspicious, without any questions asked before or after.

How come humanity has fallen so low that the God they can see is money!

I am so sorry Toni for your bad experience and the loss of your dog.

Alicia V (181)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 12:31 pm
Alarm, alarm!! Why don't people from Venus or Mars come down and put some order and peace on this planet of ours full of craziness. A perfect planet inhabited by trolls.

Elias Ayad (49)
Monday July 11, 2011, 11:40 am
Police state!?! Yes.. they want that. to impose more control and restrictions on the people.
They create the enemy and then claim that they are fighting it.

But what could be the reasons for Washington initiating such a program in the first place? Why would the Obama administration actively send 30,000 sniper rifles, assault weapons and firearms into Mexico even while claiming to follow an anti-gun stance back in the USA?

To answer that question, you need to understand P.R.S — Problem, Reaction, Solution. It is the “playbook” that governments use to get what they want, which usually involves: 1) Disarming their populations, 2) Taking away all their rights and freedoms, and then 3) Ruling over their people as tyrants with complete power.

Read more !
US government openly admits arming Mexican drug gangs with 30,000 firearms – but why?.

Thank you Dandelion for posting and Carole for getting me here.


Patrick Donovan (344)
Tuesday July 12, 2011, 7:43 am
I hate to be a cynic but once prohibition ended, there were too many law enforcement agents with nothing to do. As the old saying goes, idle hands are the devil's playmates. We are now experiencing a self-fulling prophecy. As far as the "drug warriors" are concerned, there will always be people to hunt and shoot at. The drug may change, but the killing won't.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 6, 2011, 9:58 am
Thanks Dandelion. Wow...someone went to a lot of trouble to put all that together. I guess my state isn't too bad--only 6 for all categories in all years. So sorry Toni.

Winefred M (88)
Sunday August 14, 2011, 12:25 pm
Interesting article,thanks for posting Dandelion.

Nancy C (806)
Friday August 19, 2011, 7:21 pm
NJ has 6 accounts for all the years. Thanx for the chart and yes, the strong reactions...
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:
Please add your comment: (plain text only please. Allowable HTML: <a>)

Track Comments: Notify me with a personal message when other people comment on this story

Loading Noted By...Please Wait


butterfly credits on the news network

  • credits for vetting a newly submitted story
  • credits for vetting any other story
  • credits for leaving a comment
learn more

Most Active Today in Society & Culture

Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of or its affiliates.

New to Care2? Start Here.