"Official says the approach was needed because someone inside owned a gun"
Oh bullshit. So what if someone owns a gun. They have a carry permit, so chances are they are law abiding.
"Ross said he handed the weapon to an officer who entered the bathroom and was handcuffed as police began their search."
Why was a cooperating law abiding citizen handcuffed? Of course he's very lucky he isn't dead.
"Credit card fraud cases typically involve a detective or two knocking on the door, said police consultant and former Des Moines Police Chief William Moulder."
But then they can't use their terrorist tactics to intimidate the occupants. The militarization of our police departments needs to stop. If they want to be the military, join the service. You can go to someplace like Afghanistan and kick down door till your heart is content.
"As police entered the house, one officer tore out one of the security cameras Ross installed to monitor the property. He said they had cameras because he and his mother had trouble with car burglaries.
In the basement, Ross said, an officer tried to cover another camera with blankets.
He questioned why police didn't want to be taped."
They don't want any improprieties filmed to be used in court against them. Your lucky, usually the first casualty is the family dog.
One of the commentors had this to say, and my response.
" It's just too bad one of the fools inside didn't happen to be holding it when the police burst in. Then there would be one less card-stealing criminal to have to worry about in this fair city."
That would have given you a woody, guilty and executed and to hell with justice. Hows it feel to be a cop sucker?If anyone gets the idea that I am a cop hater, I'm not. We grew up with cops drinking coffee at our table. That was a almost daily occurrence. One of those cops showed us his shiny new AR-15. That was in 67, just 3 years after the military adopted them as the full auto M16.
I was almost a cop once. I talked to the Chief in the small Texas town where I was living at the time. Medical reasons kept me from pursuing that career choice.
I've talked to some of the local cops here in Des Moines and have found them to be friendly and helpful. When I lived in Knoxville, I hung out in the Chiefs office after I became a gun dealer. I even did some gunsmithing for one of the officers, a trigger job on his rifle.
At one time, a credit card case would have been a couple of coppers in suits knocking on the door and either talking to the occupants, or serving a search warrant without doing damage. What in the hell happened? Looks like Friday and Gannon are dead.