Here is how the no-knock police raid went down:
The police had gotten a warrant to search the house of David and Teresa Hooks for meth. But guess who gave the police this information? A meth addict who had come to the Hooks’ house just two days prior to the police raid, burglarized their home, and stole their black SUV. The meth addict burglar told the police that he had found meth in the Hooks’ SUV, which turned out to be a lie.
So, that burglary and theft of their SUV happened, and then just two days later, around 11:00 at night, a black SUV speeds up their driveway, and armed and hooded men wearing camo jump out. What do you think Mr. and Mrs. Hooks are thinking at this point? From Police State USA:
Mrs. Hooks bolted for the bedroom to alert her sleeping husband. “The burglars are back,” she insisted. Earlier that week, the couple’s home had been burglarized and an SUV stolen from the driveway.
Mr. Hooks, a 59-year-old businessman, sprang from his bed and picked up a firearm, then took a defensive stand to protect his wife and home from the intruders. As he exited his bedroom, the back door of the house was breached, and gun-wielding home invaders charged in.
What happened next was described as “chaos.” The intruders used their weapons to send a hail of gunfire into the residence; a total of 16-18 shots from rifles and .40 caliber handguns.
When the gun smoke cleared, it became evident that the intruders were actually a Drug Task Force and members of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Response Team (SRT). Mr. Hooks was killed without returning fire.
The officers claimed to be looking for methamphetamines. After searching the home for forty-four (44) hours, not a single trace of narcotics was retrieved.
It turns out that Mr. Hooks had been shot in the back, face down. 13WMAZ reported:
[Mitchell] Shook, who is representing his family, says the raid was illegal and has asked the FBI to investigate.
He says officers were looking for drugs in the home, but didn’t find any. Shook says the officers fired 17 shots inside the home and struck Hooks.
He says Hooks had four wounds, two of which he says are very problematic. Shook says that’s according to the Laurens County EMS records. He says the same information is found in the medical records from Fairview Park Hospital.
“One was to the side of the head, the other, was in his back, the back of his left shoulder, based on the evidence we see, we believe that David Hooks was face down on the ground when he received those last two shots,” says Shook.
The root of the problem is that these no-knock raids are allowed to continue. The warrant they had secured was based on their meth head/burglar informant. How is that reliable?
And do they really have to barge in with guns blazing and acting as if they’re in a war zone where everyone inside the house is an “enemy combatant?”
They needed to build a much better case against the Hooks first. And if they weren’t able to gather enough evidence against them, then they should have dropped the case.
Unfortunately, there is much to gain by having this mentality in law enforcement. Civil forfeiture laws and federal grant money are just two items that incentivize police departments to go on these raids based on questionable-at-best information.