Herald Tribune: Lyons: Police raid felt like home invasion (July 18 2013)
He was claiming to be a police officer, but the man [Louise Goldberry] had seen looked to her more like an armed thug. Her boyfriend, [Craig] Dorris, was calmer, and yelled back that he wanted to see some ID.
But the man just demanded they open the door. The actual words, the couple say, were, “We’re the f—— police; open the f—— door.”
Dorris said he moved away from the door, afraid bullets were about to rip through.
Goldsberry was terrified but thinking it just might really be the police. Except, she says she wondered, would police talk that way? She had never been arrested or even come close. She couldn’t imagine why police would be there or want to come in. But even if they did, why would they act like that at her apartment? It didn’t seem right.
Then, to the couple’s horror — and as Goldsberry huddled in the hallway with gun in hand — the front door they had thought was locked pushed open. A man edged around the corner and pointed a gun and a fiercely bright light at them, and yelled even more.
“Drop the f—— gun or I’ll f—— shoot you,” he shouted, then said it again and again, Goldsberry and Dorris say.
Half an hour of terror, no warrants:
They remained cuffed for close to half an hour as the apartment was searched for a wanted man who wasn’t there, never had been, and who was totally unknown to them. They were shown his picture. Then they were released, the police left, and that was that.
Meet the pig, Matt Wiggins:
Matt Wiggins was the man at the door. He’s with the U.S. Marshal’s fugitive division.
I asked him what happened. He said they had a tip that a child-rape suspect was at the complex.
Not only did these pigs have no warrant to search Louise Goldsberry’s aparment, they did not even have any specific information that their suspect had any connection to her apartment:
That suspect, Kyle Riley, was arrested several hours later in another part of Sarasota.
The tip was never about Goldsberry’s apartment, specifically, Wiggins acknowledged. It was about the complex.
But when the people in Goldsberry’s apartment didn’t open up, that told Wiggins he had probably found the right door. No one at other units had reacted that way, he said.
Maybe none of them had a gun pointed at them through the kitchen window, I suggested. But Wiggins didn’t think that was much excuse for the woman’s behavior. He said he acted with restraint and didn’t like having that gun aimed at him.
You poor, poor, pig, Matt Wiggins. You dress up in ninja suits and point guns at innocent citizens through their windows and then get all bent out shape when they defend their homes?
You’re a fucking pig, Matt Wiggin, a worthless fucking government terrorist pig.