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How about this: A lengthy editorial prepended to an L. A. newspaper story about another L. A. Police department shooting. The editorial can be bypassed as I'm sure you will either get very angry with my opinion or you will skip the whole posting en mass. I say, 'fine.' Do so. Do it while you still live in a free country. - Fredric L. Rice, 1:102/890.0 - - - - - - - - - What do you tell someone who calls on the telephone asking to speak with the man you just murdered? L. A. County police offers have a good idea: "He's busy." - - - - - - - - - "--- Busy Being Dead" The United States Government enacts methods of operation which remind me of methods which were employed in the known world by the Vatican in the 13'th century to remove property and life from citizens based upon mere reports from "un-named informants." Back in those dim times, if you wanted to seize the property of the people living next to you, all you need do was inform the State that the man next to you was a witch. So long as the State got its cut, the man was offered a kangaroo court-style justice and then executed. Thanks to the so-called "war on drugs" in Amerikkka, what we have are out-of-control police officers who are ill-equiped mentally and emotionally armed with the ignorant backing of the Supreme Court and a well-intentioned George Bush, _gleefully_ running tither and yon with guns drawn gunning down anyone whos property they wish to seize so long as someone places a call with any drug related claim. Do you think that's an outrageous statement? I do. Yet it's getting to be an ever more popular attitude among the law-abiding citizens of this country. The "war on drugs" is an excuse to suspend the Constitution of the United States, prompted by national hysteria. No wonder Ice T enjoys such popularity among the radical youth factions in Amerikkka. No wonder Ice T fans all agree on what they want to be when they grow up when they are asked. "Cop killer." - - - - - - - - - - L. A. Times, 12/Oct/92, By Ron Soble, Time staf writer A VIOLENT CONFRONTATION ENDS MAN'S COLORFUL LIFE o Raid: Reclusive millionaire Don Scott was killed by a drug task force looking for marijuana plants at his ranch. The search came up empty; his layer says a wrongful death lawsuit will be filed. VENTURA - Shortly before he was fatally gunned down by members of a law enforcement drug task force, Ventura County rancher and reclusive millionaire Don Scott was contemplating the purchase of a $50-millions yacht. [... skip ... It was a lengthy article ... Points of concern to us were typed into this posting only ...] Just before 9 a.m. on Octover 2, a drug task force composed of Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents, National Park Services officials and others drove swiftly through an open ranch gate on Mulholland Highway in Malibu. [... skip ...] Armed with a search warrant containing information that Scott was believed to be illegally cultivating marijuana plants, the deputies restrained his wife and burst into the living room of the rustic wood-and-stone ranch house. There stood a wiry Scott, barefoot, clad in a T-shirt and jeans, a .38-caliber revolver held in his right hand over his head as deputies ordered him to drop it. As Scott brought his arm down, two dupities opened fire at close range. One of the 9-milimeter bullets missed, piercing the living room wall. But two found their mark, hitting Scott in the upper chest and killing him instantly. Deputies searched Scott's property for hours after the shooting, but not a single marijuana plant was found. [... Skip; where he got his millions is described; basically his money was acquired through both hard work and from family that have 'passed on' ...] Plante's recollections of that morning of October 2, when sheriff's deputies burst into the house, are vivid. They crashed through the front door before she could respond to them, she said, and pushed her backward through the kitchen and into the living room. "Don't shoot me! Don't shoot me!" Plante recalled screaming as uniformed deputies poured into the house. Suddenly, Scott, who had been sleeping and apparently awakened by his wife's cries, rushed into the living room holding a gun over his head, she said. "They said: 'Put the gun down,' three times rapidly," she recalled. As Scott's arm dropped, he was farally shot. Plante recalled being released by the deputies and moving toward her husbands body, which was laying face-down in a pool of spreading blood next to a sofa. [ ... skip ...] The drug task force operation was based on a search warrant issued the day before the raid by Ventura County Municipal Judge Herbert Curtis III. The [death] warrant, which outlines the reasons for the action, has not been made public. Government sources said the search was the result of fixed-wing aerial surveillance of the area around Scott's ranch and a tip by an informant. "We firmly believed we had a large marijuana grow," said Captain Larry Waldie of the Sherriff's Narcotics Bureau in Whittier. What is more, DEA agents were standing by ready to seize the ranch under federal forfeiture lays triggered by drug seizure. But an extensive search of the property produced no marijuana plants, a Los Angeles County sheriff's spokeswoman said. "They kept saying: 'Where's the plants? Where's the plants?'" Plante said. "I told the dumb [fucks] I'm the only Plante [left,]" She said. [ ... skip ...] After the fatal shooting, sheriffs narcotics detectives seized Scotts personal telephone book and other documents, But they did not take a cassette containing tape recordings of the deputies calls from the house after the shooting. Scott had hooked up a device to the phone that recorded calls. [ ... skip ...] In a separate recorded conversation, a neighbor called about 20 minutes after the fatal shooting and asked to speak to Scott. A sheriffs deputy took the call on a telephone in the ranch houses living room where Scotts body was still on the floor. "He's busy," the deputy said.

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