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
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What do you tell someone who calls on the telephone asking to
speak with the man you just murdered? L. A. County police officers
have a good idea:
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"--- 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.
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- 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
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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
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.
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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
"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 laws 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
"I told the dumb [fucks] I'm the only Plante [left,]" She said.
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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.
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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.
In 1992, thirty-two officers from eight different government organizations
stormed a house and killed a sixty-one-year-old man in front of his wife
on his own property. According to district attorney of Ventura County,
California, the government was after his property. The government claimed
that he was growing marijuana, but no marijuana was found. His property
was worth more than $5 million, and in a briefing before the raid,
documents were distributed to the officers showing not only the appraisal
of the property they were about to attack, but the recent selling price of
a nearby property. The organizations were the Los Angeles County
Sheriff's Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, the federal Drug
Enforcement Agency, the California State Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement,
the U.S. Forest Service, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory(!), the National
Guard, and the National Park Service - which owned the land surrounding
the victim's property and admits to wanting the land.
-- ("Ain't Nobody Business If You Do", Peter McWilliams)