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SWAT Team Enforces Code Violations (Allegedly)
Jun 7th, 2015 at 10:44am
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St. Louis County SWAT Team Killed Family Dog Over Code Violation, Suit Says

By Nicholas Phillips, Riverfront Times, 06/04/2015

On Tuesday, a South County woman filed a federal lawsuit that dog lovers should read with caution -- the allegations are pretty disturbing.

In the lawsuit, Angela Zorich claims that St. Louis County Police tactical officers -- aka the department's SWAT team -- raided her house in April 2014 and killed Kiya, her four-year-old pit bull.

The reason for the raid: to check if her home had electricity and natural gas service.

"This is an example of police overreaching and using excessive force to get a family out of their house," said Kenneth Chackes, the attorney who represents Zorich.

Online court records suggest that Zorich and relatives have had various landlord actions and complaints filed against them since 2005 at two separate addresses in south St. Louis County...

On April 25, 2014, St. Louis County Police officers came to her house. Her son cussed at them. They inspected the home's exterior and placed a "Problem Properties" sticker on the front window.

On April 28, Zorich called the police to follow up on the matter. An officer told her they were investigating the home for failing to have natural gas or electric service, as required by county ordinance. She admitted that the gas had been shut off, but said the claim about electricity was "bullshit." The officer hung up on her.

Zorich called back and spoke to a different officer. This one sounded angry that he'd been cussed at by her son three days earlier. Zorich tried to set up an inspection for a time when her husband would be home. The officer told her that was fine, but that the investigation would continue in the meantime.

The next day, around 12:41 p.m., Zorich was at home with several family members and her pit bull, Kiya, when a St. Louis County Police Tactical Response Unit burst through the door without knocking, according to her suit. The unit had at least five officers with M-4 rifles, supported by at least eight uniformed officers...

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SWAT teams were formed and created to deal with hostage situations, terrorists situations, and other similar events. What we have here is an example of how SWAT teams's roles have been expanded to include routine issues like ordinance violations.
  
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Reply #1 - Jun 7th, 2015 at 10:49am
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Serves her right. She should have paid her gas bill.
  
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Reply #2 - Jun 7th, 2015 at 11:56am
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Serves her right. She should have paid her gas bill.


OMG, what sort of nazi-like commentary is this? Grin Completely caught me off guard.
  

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Reply #3 - Jun 7th, 2015 at 12:03pm
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Servants of the people my a$$!

If I can't force my way into my neighbor's house, murder the pets, and hold them at gun point for failing to pay for some service, then the police don't have the authority to act in this fashion either.
  

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Reply #4 - Jun 7th, 2015 at 10:14pm
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So by law we all have to purchase utilities?
  

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Reply #5 - Jun 7th, 2015 at 10:39pm
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TowardLiberty wrote on Jun 7th, 2015 at 12:03pm:
Servants of the people my a$$!

If I can't force my way into my neighbor's house, murder the pets, and hold them at gun point for failing to pay for some service, then the police don't have the authority to act in this fashion either.

I've heard of SWAT backing up code enforcement here in Jacksonville but only if it is a dangerous situation like closing a crack house or suspected meth lab. I would think they may also be used if the code Enforcement officer was threatened!
I suspect There is more to this story. We have only one side in the OP.
  

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Reply #6 - Jun 7th, 2015 at 11:00pm
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Napoleon Bona parts 8 Thru 9 wrote on Jun 7th, 2015 at 10:14pm:
So by law we all have to purchase utilities?

Yep
a lot of city's have certain codes, where the dwelling has to be liveable according to city code

They can evict or condemn the home.

We live in a free country though.....ha ha
  
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Reply #7 - Jun 10th, 2015 at 6:49pm
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Warrant Issued For 75-Year-Old Woman For Unmowed Lawn

RIESEL (June 9, 2015) Gerry Suttle said she was shocked when the police chief called and told her a warrant had been issued.

"I'll be 76 in July," Suttle said. "I'm 75 now and I've never had a speeding ticket, never had a parking ticket and now here I am got a warrant for my arrest from the big city of Riesel."

The Riesel police chief said the city issued a warrant because she failed to appear before the judge on the grass height issue on a piece of property she owns across from her house.

"It has grown up and the court had issued her letter and then court issued a warrant for failure to appear," Chief Danny Krumnow said.

Suttle said she never received a letter to appear before the court. Now she's afraid to drive in other towns and can't get her car registration updated.

"My name is on the list," Suttle said. "If I get stopped, I'll get picked up."

She thinks the whole city ordinance about lawn care is necessary and she wants the city council to back off.

"Straighten their act up. Read the state laws, before bailing off into something stupid," Suttle said.

Her son said he would come mow the lawn since she physically can't, however we do not know if the city will then drop the warrant.

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Mrs. Suttle better hope Riesel doesn't have a SWAT team.
  
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Demos wrote on Jun 7th, 2015 at 10:44am:
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SWAT teams were formed and created to deal with hostage situations, terrorists situations, and other similar events. What we have here is an example of how SWAT teams's roles have been expanded to include routine issues like ordinance violations.


You can almost guarantee that there's more to the story than is being told. I imagine that, at the very least, a threat was made over the phone.
  
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Re: SWAT Team Enforces Code Violations (Allegedly)
Reply #9 - Jun 10th, 2015 at 7:02pm
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There's probably more to the story. This is just the first filing. City/police still have to respond.

There would have to be one hell of a threat to send in SWAT though.
  
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