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Posted: Oct 20, 2014 - 6:53am

Police shoot, kill Georgia grandfather during no-knock drug raid

A man is shot dead thinking he was confronting burglars, just 2 nights after his home had been robbed.

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EAST DUBLIN, GA — A drug task force gunned down a grandfather in his home during a botched late-night raid that was based on the word of a self-confessed meth addict and burglar who had robbed the property two nights prior. His grieving widow is disputing the official story regarding the no-knock raid that led to her husband’s untimely death.

* * * * *

The devastating incident occurred the evening of September 24, 2014. David Hooks and his wife of 25 years, Teresa, had settled in for the evening; Mr. Hooks was asleep and his wife was upstairs in her craft room.

At approximately 11:00 p.m., she noticed a vehicle abruptly race down her driveway. She saw men jump out of the vehicle and approach her home, donning black and camouflage clothing, shrouded in hoods.

Mrs. Hooks bolted for the bedroom to alert her sleeping husband. “The burglars are back,” she insisted. Earlier that week, the couple’s home had been burglarized and an SUV stolen from the driveway.

David Hooks

David Hooks

Mr. Hooks, a 59-year-old businessman, sprang from his bed and picked up a firearm, then took a defensive stand to protect his wife and home from the intruders. As he exited his bedroom, the back door of the house was breached, and gun-wielding home invaders charged in.

What happened next was described as “chaos.” The intruders used their weapons to send a hail of gunfire into the residence; a total of 16-18 shots from rifles and .40 caliber handguns.

When the gun smoke cleared, it became evident that the intruders were actually a Drug Task Force and members of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Response Team (SRT). Mr. Hooks was killed without returning fire.

The officers claimed to be looking for methamphetamines. After searching the home forty-four (44) hours, not a single trace of narcotics was retrieved.

The warrant — which was acquired only 1 hour before the raid — had been founded on information provided by the very same burglar who had stolen the Hooks’ Lincoln Aviator SUV two nights prior. The self-described thief and meth-addict was Rodney Garrett, who alleged that he had obtained drugs from inside the vehicle he had stolen from David and Teresa Hooks.

Laurens County Magistrate Judge Faith Snell was presented with this information and readily signed the warrant, granting the sheriff’s department the permission it needed to launch a mid-night assault on the unsuspecting couple.

Mrs. Hooks points out some damning inconsistencies in the official version of events versus what she says actually happened. She insists that the police did NOT use emergency lights or sirens, and the police did NOT knock or announce before breaking down their door. The couple had every reason to believe that they were being robbed — again.

The SRT team, on the other hand, claimed that after loudly knocking on the door and repeatedly announcing, “sheriff’s department, search warrant,” Mr. Hooks came to the door carrying a shotgun and pointed it at the officers, who had to shoot in self-defense.

Drawing further questions in the official story was the fact that Mr. Hooks was not shot at the back door — he was shot through an interior wall. According to a statement released on behalf of the Hooks family, the shooters had no way of “knowing who or what was on the other side of the wall.”

Representing Mrs. Hooks, Attorney Mitch Shook said that the “true facts of this tragedy are in stark contrast” to the official narrative. “There’s a lot more to it than law enforcement has reported,” he said.

The attorney questioned why a no-knock raid was performed on the couple; why so late at night. He pointed out that the Mr. Hooks ran two successful businesses and was far from fitting the profile of a meth user.

“There is no question the officers were aware the home had been burglarized only two nights earlier,” read the Hooks family’s official statement.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation intends to review the case.

Georgia has been the site of numerous atrocities and wrong-door raids committed in the name of Prohibition. The blood will continue to flow so long as such wrong-headed laws and tactics are upheld as acceptable.


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Posted: Oct 3, 2014 - 6:29pm

Police Departments Retaliate Against Organized "Cop Watch" Groups Across the US

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Posted: Sep 26, 2014 - 9:12pm

Seattle police aren't using enough force, internal memo says
Officers lament new use of force policy, established after DOJ report found pattern of excessive force
A Seattle police department internal email said officers aren’t using enough force and that the softer approach could endanger both the police and the public, local media reported. (...)
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Posted: Sep 25, 2014 - 12:43pm

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Update:

Woman punched on film by California Highway Patrol officer reaches $1.5M settlement


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Posted: Sep 17, 2014 - 4:45am

"remarkably bad copping"

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Posted: Sep 13, 2014 - 1:14pm

An undercover police officer on duty in the 78th Precinct in Brooklyn. July 1, 1969.  via @HistoryInPics
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Posted: Sep 12, 2014 - 9:51am

Patrol investigator: Woman pushed officer who then punched her on side of California freeway


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Posted: Sep 11, 2014 - 1:24pm

Ferguson fallout: Do the police really need 12,000 bayonets? - CSMonitor.com

(...) Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky was, for his part, particularly puzzled about why 12,000 bayonets have been made available to police departments, and asked Estevez for his thoughts on the matter. 

“I cannot answer what use bayonets would be,” Estevez said.

“I can answer it for you,” Senator Paul said. “None.”

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Posted: Sep 11, 2014 - 9:05am

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Posted: Sep 8, 2014 - 11:34am

Stop and seize
Aggressive police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes
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Posted: Sep 4, 2014 - 5:59am

 islander wrote:
Be careful out there.  
 
 
  
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Posted: Sep 4, 2014 - 4:07am

 islander wrote:

Yeah, and I just found this graphic that I think I need to share:
 

Be careful out there.  

 

I would also like to know how much money was spent, how many troops or drones deployed, how many innocent people have died overseas and how many civil rights were sacrificed here at home to prevent this as well as water skiing in the dark.  You are a businessman, notwithstanding the morality of it all, you of all people should understand this is about cost benefit analysis not fear and conjecture. Fear and conjecture is the business of DHS, NSA, law enforcement and the military industrial complex.


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Posted: Sep 3, 2014 - 5:21pm

 Red_Dragon wrote:

they left out riding skateboards off of multi-story parking garages and water skiing in the dark

 
Yeah, and I just found this graphic that I think I need to share:
 

Be careful out there.  
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Posted: Sep 3, 2014 - 5:19pm

 islander wrote:

in 1996, 43,000 Americans were injured by toilets. This doesn't really add much to the discussion, but if we are going to start assigning risk to things it's good to have some numbers to toss around and make us all wonder what they mean. 

here's a nice graphic to go with:
 
Be very careful driving to the pool. 

 
they left out riding skateboards off of multi-story parking garages and water skiing in the dark
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Posted: Sep 3, 2014 - 5:16pm

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this basically seems to be worthless conjecture and not worth much thought

 
in 1996, 43,000 Americans were injured by toilets. This doesn't really add much to the discussion, but if we are going to start assigning risk to things it's good to have some numbers to toss around and make us all wonder what they mean. 

here's a nice graphic to go with:
 
Be very careful driving to the pool. 
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Posted: Sep 2, 2014 - 9:32pm

 sirdroseph wrote:
Just a thought........



 
this basically seems to be worthless conjecture and not worth much thought


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Posted: Sep 2, 2014 - 6:28am

Just a thought........


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Posted: Aug 31, 2014 - 5:53pm

Dozens of police agencies report loss of Pentagon-supplied military weapons


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Posted: Aug 27, 2014 - 10:38am

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I have seen and posted many other incidents that would suggests otherwise.  Of course race is a factor, I just don't want the whole systematic corruption of our police force to funneled down to only a race issue, of course race is an issue, has always been, but now it is much bigger than that.  I submit that if a white person had robbed that bank and the perp had reasonable descriptive similarities as you and I and we were in the area this very well could happen to us as well. 

 
Sorry, but bullshit.

This is really speculative, but I'm very confident in saying that In Beverly Hills, or any area with a majority white population, we might have been detained if we were wearing substantially similar clothing to a description, but not simply for being white (and maybe tall). I doubt we would have been handcuffed, or made to sit on a curb for 45 minutes. We certainly wouldn't have spent 6+ hours dealing with the incident with limited representation. And if any of that presented itself as a possibility we would have felt just fine speaking up asking for representation with minimal fear of retaliation.

I get what you are saying. The police certainly have a number of incidents where it can be shown they acted beyond their positions. This is even one of those cases. But the only reason they did it here is because of race. To try and make this a broader indictment or to claim "if a white person had robbed that bank and the perp had reasonable descriptive similarities as you and I and we were in the area this very well could happen to us as well" is dishonest and reduces the impact of the argument you are trying to make. 

Not every molehill is your mountain. 
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Posted: Aug 27, 2014 - 10:13am

 islander wrote:

Uh, not very often. And it was certainly his race that caused this and not any other proximate cause. The only component of the description of the bank robber that he fit was black (and maybe tall).  How many tall white guys were detained the last time (or the last 20 times) a white guy robbed a bank/store?

This simply doesn't happen to you and me. Even if in the region of a crime, I'm extremely unlikely to even be detained. If detained, I'll be treated better, which would result in a much better outcome.  They didn't even tell him why they were detaining him (and he probably very smartly didn't insist on an explanation of the charges). You or I would probably have a chance to plead our case and get our friends sitting nearby to vouch for us.  

Your adding the "notwithstanding" makes it look like you think this is a minor contributing factor, when it is in fact the main overriding factor, without which this wouldn't be a story. 

 

I have seen and posted many other incidents that would suggests otherwise.  Of course race is a factor, I just don't want the whole systematic corruption of our police force to funneled down to only a race issue, of course race is an issue, has always been, but now it is much bigger than that.  I submit that if a white person had robbed that bank and the perp had reasonable descriptive similarities as you and I and we were in the area this very well could happen to us as well. 


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