Police Abuse

SWAT Team Shows Up for Wrong-Something "Man in Distress" Call, Prosecutors Hound Him for Three Years Instead of Apologizing

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Chad Chadwick
Fox 26

When a friend is in distress, don't call the police. A horrifying story out of Fort Bend, Texas, via Fox 26 in Houston:

It started when a friend concerned for Chadwick's emotional well-being called Missouri City police to Chad's Sienna apartment where he'd been distraught, drinking and unknown to anyone, had gone to sleep in the bathtub.

A SWAT team was summoned.

"They told a judge I had hostages. They lied to a judge and told him I had hostages in my apartment and they needed to enter," said Chadwick.

Chadwick did own a single shotgun, but had threatened no one, not even himself. Chadwick's firearm possession apparently prompted SWAT to kick in his door, launch a stun grenade into the bathroom and storm in, according to Chadwick, without announcing their identity.

In Texas. A SWAT team. Over a shotgun. They weren't done:

"While I had my hands up naked in the shower they shot me with a 40 millimeter non-lethal round," said Chadwick.

A second stun grenade soon followed.

"I turned away, the explosion went off, I opened my eyes the lights are out and here comes a shield with four or five guys behind it. They pinned me against the wall and proceeded to beat the crap out of me," said Chadwick.

Police brought Chadwick in, put him in isolation for two days, and then prosecutors took their turn with Chadwick:

"Instead of apologizing to this man and asking let us see what we can do to help you to make you whole again, they concocted criminal charges against this man, one after another, after another," said Quanell X who believes the prosecution of Chadwick was designed to fend off civil liability.

Ft. Bend County District Attorney John Healy sought to indict Chadwick on two felony counts of assaulting a police officer, but a Grand Jury said no law was broken.

It could have stopped there, but Healy's prosecutors tried misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, calling more than a dozen officers to testify. Those charges were dropped as well.

A month ago, three years after the SWAT raid, a jury found Chad Chadwick not guilty of interfering with police. With tears in their eyes members of the jury offered the exonerated defendant comforting hugs.

The Staten Island DA should take some notes maybe. This is how prosecutors operate to get those conviction rates up. Chadwick had no criminal record and cops found nothing illegal in his house, so there was no criminal charges to threaten Chadwick into a plea deal with.

Rather than owning up to a mistake, which would be paid for on the taxpayers' dime anyway, the legal system in Ft. Bend dug in and harassed Chadwick for three years. The DA says he stands by his decision to keep trying to prosecute a man police targeted with a SWAT team for no crime and "wasn't keeping a tally" on how much it cost.

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  1. I don’t even know what to say to this stuff anymore.

  2. And heeeere comes the civil suit. Prepare to receive, o taxpayers.

    Obviously nothing will happen to the guilty cops and the should-be-disbarred-and-tarred-and-feathered prosecutor.

    1. In a just world, the whole lot would be in prison. But…

    2. The federal civil rights complaint was dismissed, with this nugget included: ‘There is no “freestanding constitutional right to be free from malicious prosecution.”‘

      http://cases.justia.com/federa…..1415910792

      1. That’s fucked up. Maybe he can refile with a judge that has read the 9th amendment. Hell, the 4th amendment certainly applies here wrt the false warrant.

      2. ‘There is no “freestanding constitutional right to be free from malicious prosecution.”‘

        And here I thought this was part of the Constitution:

        The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides:

        [N]or shall any person . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law . . . .

        Section One of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides:

        [N]or shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law . . . .

        Isn’t a malicious prosecution a violation of due process, by definition?

        How is being maliciously prosecuted not the deprivation of liberty, and property without due process? Doesn’t it involve being arrested and having to expend your resources on a defense? Does this judge actually believe that the State never deprives anyone of anything until a conviction at trial?

    1. Tree. Murderous idiots.

      Some assembly required.

  3. Rather than owning up to a mistake

    Sounds to me like SWAT is guilty of trespassing and assault.

    1. assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, wrongful imprisonment, conspiracy…

      1. Perjury for claim of hostages on the warrant

      2. Too bad the prosecutor is on the same team as the cops.

        1. Abuse of process.

        2. Malfeasance in office.

          1. misappropriation of public funds, B&E, probably some vandalism…

            I think it needs to be topped of with impersonating a police officer and conspiracy to impresonate a police force. If they’re gonna make ’em up, we can too, right?

          2. Conspiracy to deny civil rights.

      3. Filing false police reports.

  4. Is it less stress to just accept that we live in a police state?

    1. I hate to even breathe it in this manner, but I wish the NSA and wiretapping would become more prevalent if it would prevent this sort of bullshit.

      Tap the phone, turn it on, see if he’s talking to anyone. Check the call history see if he regularly contacts an elementary school or other clues that might suggest that kids might be in the house.

      I might be cool with a police state if it were even remotely being done right.

      1. The thing about police states is they are never “done right”, except from the perspective of those in power. They’re not for “doing it right”, they’re for control and oppression, and absolutely nothing else.

        1. Episiarch beat me to this one. Keeping you under their boot is doing it right.

        2. The thing about police states is they are never “done right”, except from the perspective of those in power.

          Exactly.

          If I felt confident/capable enough to run a police state, I’d be dissatisfied with any one except my own. Between incapability and dissatisfaction, I shouldn’t have one and neither should anyone else.

          I’m readily aware of that tapping the phone of a “hostage-taker with a gun”****** would directly translate to tapping his friends’ phones and their friends’ phones…

    2. I don’t know Drake, but it’s definitely rough on the system to not be blissfully unaware any longer.

  5. I would have thought that they would at least charge the friend too. Maybe try to pin everything on the friend so that the cops weren’t so culpable.

  6. If every police officer involved had been shot coming through the door, how would that have been unjustified?

    1. #CopsLivesMatterMore

      1. Darkly nice.

        1. Racist!

          1. Stop “Othering” me.

    2. However, the concerned friend would be spending the rest of his life in prison.

  7. calling more than a dozen officers to testifylie

    ftfy

    1. testfy lie?

        1. Testilie; embellishing a truth to make a case.

          fuck you lie; a complete fabrication in an attempt to fuck someone over and CYA.

          But, sure, distinction without a difference.

  8. Isolated incident, only a few bad apples, breathe easy don’t break the law, they need to go home safely at the end of their shift, etc. etc.

    1. smooches!

      hth

  9. I’m not that kind of lawyer, but I have some buddies who would do some pretty unsavory things to be retained by this guy.

    1. Also, Quanell X is a fantastic name.

      1. Not a real name. He is a local celebrity in Houston, which is why the story didn’t explain him at all.

        I’m surprised to see him doing something useful – last I heard he was protesting the planned demolition of a post office which had been built on the site of a sit-in – but the original building the sit-in had happened in had been demolished to make way for the post office.

  10. I do like the link – the dudes on the Texas news were pissed. New York newscasters would have just shrugged it off and insinuated that he was a crazy redneck.

    1. Good on them. The clip is worth watching.

      Reading the article, I was thinking “there must be some other side to this”. I mean, cops aren’t that, are they?

      Then I got to all the failed attempts at indicting/prosecuting this guy. Then I saw the video with the injuries, bruises, pictures of a taser in the back of his head, busted up toilet and bathroom. And yeah, it seems every bit as bad as this guy says it is. Unbelievable.

      1. Almost makes me wish he slept with the duty sergeant’s wife or something similar. Not that it would be a huge improvement, but at least there’d be done sort of rational explanation. The idea that they just pulled this crap on a random 911 call…

        1. I do wonder if the ex-friend purposely Swatted this guy.

    2. REGION WAR go dude go!

  11. Holy shit.

    This once again points out how even if it were true that most cops are good cops (HAHAHAHAHA), you get the wrong cop(s) on the wrong day, and you could be in for a fucking nightmare, or dead.

    Of course the collusion in this case indicates that at least in that place, most cops are horrible creatures, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to get the wrong cops on any day.

    1. Dude, you should never take any chances with a guy named Chad Chadwick.

      That’s like super-ninja-assassin-name territory.

      1. Or the son of a hedge fund manager.

  12. As I said in the ComfyBalls post – Ow, my nuts.

  13. That’s when officers shot the unarmed Chadwick in the back of the head with a Taser at point blank range.

    “They claimed I drew down with a shampoo bottle and a body wash bottle,” said Chadwick.

    Fucking liberal namby-pambies! Did those bottles have a clear, fog resistant orange band on them, so the cops realized that they were not “real” assault personal hygiene products? It is a war zone out there, the cops have to be vigilant at all times.

    Holy shit he is lucky he didn’t have a banana. He for sure would have been killed if he was packing fruit like that.

    1. Well Pope Jimbo, they would have shot him with real bullets then, to disarm him. Monty Python taught us that.

    2. Don’t you bigorati realize how much those officers eyes could have stung if he’d been allowed to shoot them with shampoo? Good taze, imo.

      hth

      1. +1 kid holding unmarked bottle of No More Tears being shot

    3. Doubly lucky he wasn’t “bathing while black.”

    4. so the cops realized that they were not “real” assault personal hygiene products?

      Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Once.

      Nobody needs to shampoo their hair more than one time in the shower, twice at the most.

      1. Especially a bald guy.

  14. Ft. Bend County District Attorney John Healy sought to indict Chadwick on two felony counts of assaulting a police officer, but a Grand Jury said no law was broken.

    But of course. As we all know by now grand jury proceedings are all about the prosecutor chumming up to the accused and putting any excuse possible into his mouth so he can convince the grand jury not to indict.

  15. I would dearly love to file an ethics complaint against this prosecutor. I still have my Texas law license, which would be handy.

    Unfortunately, I also have a job that might be adversely affected by going after these scum publicly.

    When I’m retired, though, I’m going after these scum. A man needs a hobby, after all.

    1. Same. I need the TX license. Getting prosecutors disbarred usually requires a judge to bench slap them anyway. Maybe a possibility if this guy has a good lawyer

    2. I’m retired. Don’t need the money. I’ve often joked with my wife about getting a law degree and taking cases like this pro bono.

    3. That might be a short retirement, R C. But go for it, I’ll donate to the cause.

      1. I’m thinking focusing on states where I have a license (there are, ahem, three) but don’t actually live.

        Sadly, this means the goon squad in Phoenix/Maricopa County would be safe from me.

        But, the other states (TX and WI) would be a target-rich environment, especially with the WI prosecutors engaging in purely political prosecutions.

    4. The complaints I’m talking about go to the licensing agency, with the goal of stripping him of his license and livelihood, with as much public humiliation as possible.

      Here’s the Texas code of ethics provision for prosecutors:

      http://www.legalethicstexas.co…..cutor.aspx

      Relevant provision for this case:

      The prosecutor in a criminal case shall:

      (a) refrain from prosecuting or threatening to prosecute a charge that the prosecutor knows is not supported by probable cause;

      1. It’s more of a guideline than a hard rule.

        1. It’s not even much of a guideline.

          The legal industry is the most corrupt in the Republic, and prosecutors and judges are the worst of the bunch. That’s what absolute immunity does for you.

    5. When I’m retired, though, I’m going after these scum. A man needs a hobby, after all.

      You’re not one of those guys who joins BAR association just so you can resign in disgust every year?

    6. If I can help, I will. I’m not a lawyer, but can help. Email if you want, we can chat.

      Langston dot Michael at gmail

  16. If this is true, the United States has officially turned the corner. Won’t be long before we start seeing camps.

    This DA needs to be behind bars. Not fired, not fined. He needs to be taking it in the ass from Bubba, three times a day.

    1. I sympathize with the sentiment, but could you try a different indignity of prison for your revenge fantasy. Down with police brutality, up with prison rape! lacks a certain moral clarity.

      1. The moral difference between police brutality and prison rape is that the prison rape “victim” is more likely to have it coming. Especially when it’s an agent of the government.

    2. The US model is that death camps are too efficient and too humane. Either shoot on sight or torture through the justice system so that jobs can be created.

  17. BREATHE EASY, CHAD.

  18. Humor doesn’t help dealing with these stories anymore.

  19. As a resident of Ft. Bend County, this is precisely why I voted against that shitbag Healy.

    1. I don’t spend a lot of time out there, but I assume the voters in Katy et al are 95% middle aged soccer moms. So guys like Healy win 100% of the time.

      1. Correct. Keeping the children safe, so doubt he’ll even hear a whimper from the locals.

        I would hope people realize this can happen to anybody and fight back.

  20. 40 mm non-lethal round, shot at close range:
    http://www.nonlethaltechnologies.com/40-OV.htm
    Ouch.
    2 stun grenades, 1 40 mm round, taser. What, no kitchen sink to beat him with?

    1. The cops probably couldn’t rip the sink off the wall with their tactical gloves.

  21. OT — BELLINGHAM, Wash. ? The parents of three young children are petitioning child protective services, saying the state of Washington unlawfully removed the children from their home after the mother gave birth to the two youngest in an unassisted home delivery.

    More at http://www.krem.com/story/news…../19877193/

  22. Over-under on the civil suit damages awarded?

    1. Zero. All the pigs got summary judgement.

  23. Ft. Bend County District Attorney John Healy sought to indict Chadwick on two felony counts of assaulting a police officer, but a Grand Jury said no law was broken.

    You know who else got off because of the Grand Jury?

    1. Pee Wee Herman?

  24. With this happening in Texas I’m glad I don’t live in California, with their new call-cops-on-gunowners law.

    1. A crime prevented us a crime… saved.

  25. pigs gotta be pigs

  26. Did this DA think this was actually going to help him with the voters? I’d think you’d have a better chance trying to kill everyone in the district who wasn’t yourself, so there’d be nobody left to vote against you.

  27. Stories like this make me wonder why I should be good. Everybody else is bad, why should I be the last to get in on the fun?

  28. The DA might not be keeping a tally, but you can bet that someone in that county is, and will make a very public case of it.
    What is it with TX DA’s like Healy and Lehmberg?
    Though to be fair, the voters of his county don’t seem to be all that concerned after re-electing him after his being the “Winner” of the Texas Monthly WORST DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF THE YEAR award. They deserve what they’ve put into office – and they deserve it “good and hard”.

  29. In the final installment of Paradise Lost, the DA explains during his press conference that he insisted on the “no contest” pleas from the three men in that tragedy of “justice” in order to prevent them from suing the state for wrongful conviction.

    The DA in this case may not have been counting what it cost the state for him to pursue charges, but it seems highly likely he was similarly motivated as the prosecutor of the West Memphis Three.

    1. If you can’t get satisfaction legally, there’s always Rule 308.

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