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BATF: No Unlawful Entry, Only Unlawful Locked Doors

Written by Gary North on June 7, 2012

When the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (don’t foirget Explodives) knocks at your door, you had better get a move-on. Don’t shilly-shally. Don’t ask who’s there. Above all, don’t ask if they have a warrant. Not if you know what’s good for you.

A woman in Colorado ignored these rules. She did not open the door fast enough. When she finally did, the BATF SWAT team barged in, machine guns drawn.

They had a perfect right to be there. They were looking for a woman who had moved out a year earlier. The present resident had informed the police of this several times.

You can’t fool the BATF with that kind of story. They are on top of things.

As for this warrant business, that went out years ago. The BATF doesn’t need a warrant. Think of the scene in the Treasure of Sierra Madre. “We don’t have to show you no stinking warrant.”

The woman who delayed opening the door described what happened next.

“They had multiple machine pistols pointed at my son. I could see the laser sights on his body and he began to freak out. While I was cuffed I had to calm him down while the officers broke down his bedroom door.”

As for the woman they are looking for, the government pays her rent: Section 8 housing. But the BATF can’t locate her.

The BATF arrived at 6:30 a.m.

She explained. “I heard the knocking and rushed out of the shower dressed only in a towel. I went to the window at the front and saw a man knocking on the door, but I could not make out who he was.” Then she saw SWAT.

“At that point I realized everything would be OK, since we had done nothing wrong. I told the officers I had just come out of the shower and to give me a minute to get dressed.”

After getting dressed, Griego told them she was coming. Once she unlocked the door, the officer forced the door open, causing it to strike her.

According to Griego, she was then violently grabbed and yanked outside where she was pushed up against the house and handcuffed by authorities.

The woman expected an apology. To quote Nancy Pelosi, is she serious?

So, she is suing.

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19 thoughts on “BATF: No Unlawful Entry, Only Unlawful Locked Doors

  1. lilbear68 says:

    sadly if she wins the suit those responsible are never held accountable for their mistakes and all the money won actually comes from the tax payer

  2. Anonymous says:

    Individual police and BATF agents need to be held PERSONALLY responsible.

    They swore an oath to defend the Constitution, not trample on it.

  3. Dr. Barbara says:

    Again, I repeat, this is why I never ever never go to Metro Denver. Those people up there are liberal nuts, including the cops.

  4. sean murry says:

    I would sue too.

  5. I can see this happening more often

  6. boomer8 says:

    QUESTION: if the police, SWAT, or BATFE are breaking down your door at 3 am and you don't know who they are because the drug dealers they're after actually live right across the street, do you have the right to shoot? Or do they have the right to claim you're a terrorist since you shot back and kill you and your entire family, your dog, your cats, and your goldfish all in the name of justified entry?

  7. Erik Osbun says:

    Sooner or later these BATF idiots are going to make a big mistake again, and it will be Waco all over again. Frankly, everyone has the right to defend their home with whatever weapon they might have at hand. The BATF MUST BE REQUIRED TO HAVE A WARRANT!

  8. Welcome to the change Barry O promised you . The new Gestapo headed by Herr Holder and his boys at the DOJ . I find it difficult to believe that a woman receiving Government assistance for housing and living expense can simple disappear from the radar in amanner that the BTAF is unable to track her . I have to question their very story of "wrong house and mistake" . I suspect it was more a lets flex or muscle and prove we can do what we want .

    The DOJ not only owes this woman a very public apology , but agents on the raid need to be held accountable as does all of their superiors . Those from BTAF on up to Holder himself . I doubt it will happen , this is just another excuse to take away our 2nd amendment rights

  9. EHeassler, USN-Ret. says:

    Welcome to the USSA! With every passing year we are becoming more and more of a police state where citizens are abused by authorities like ATF with seeming impunity from legal repurcussions. Law enforcement agencies are becoming increasingly authoritarian and we are all being deemed guilty until proven innocent as far as they are concerned. Disagree with a policeman and you are liable to be thrown to the ground, handcuffed and hauled away to jail where it may be hours or days before you have a say in court. Of course, that is after being arrested and charged with something. The more wrong the policeman is, the longer the list of charges agains you will be. It is all too often that you can read about this happening for taking pictures of arrests in progress, traffic stops, failure to move along after being told to even though you have a legal right to be standing on a sidewalk, etc., etc. The courts need to grow a pair and start putting a stop to this egregious abuse of power by police departments.

  10. If they had the wrong person, I’d like to see this happen to Pelosi.

  11. Colonialgirl says:

    The courts should order an end to the BATFE; just a bunch of tugs anymore.

  12. No Fool says:

    Law informent is protection by lies and corruption. Once they storm into your house, they own you. You can be killed just for holding a gun for protection within your own home, without even firing a single shot. This situation occured in Arizona where law inforcement fired several dozen rounds into the resident because he posed a possible threat.

  13. Retired Marine says:

    Boomer8, excellent question. According to the constitution you have protection from illegal search and seizure, the second amendment gives you the right to keep and bear arms. That being said, you can count on return fire from them, since they are in an assault mindset. You would be in the right to fire upon them, but chances are they will leave no witnesses to such an event. Problem is, most of us would fire on intruders, maybe they are counting on that.
    CYA, just saying.

  14. Retired Marine says:

    Oh God yes! LOL

  15. Assholes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Just a picture of idyllic life under the Black Stalin.

  17. The could get a serious case of "lead poisioning" doing that around here!

  18. Katchaturian says:

    The BATF, TSA and 'most' unions are the biggest bullies on the planet even exceeding the waning Russian mafia.

  19. jim28threg. says:

    It's a pitty those who issue these orders are not those who carry them out . The grunt banging on the door and his buds are the ones that will be sent to their maker while that clown in the office will feign outrage and demand justice for the injustice he has just ordered. These are the ones that will push until they are pushed back.
    Not much time left folks . Not much at all.