No warrant.....GET LOST. Without a court signed order or criminal activity, they are NOT taking me or my property. Nor my wife or her property (her words).
Showing up outside my door with a SWAT team and other armed agents of the state, without the constitutionally required warrant for my arrest, is most certainly sufficient for a reasonable person to preparethemselves against the possibility of an illegal assault.
If they had any idea of that I had weaponson hand (and that's why they were there), they certainly would not contemplate such an assault as no police force policy that I am aware of calls for storming a building, especially without a warrant, when the occupants are known to be armed and aware of your presence.
Loading my weapons, inside my home, is a perfectly normal activity which is done on a daily basis. Doing so when faced with the possibility of a home invasion is certainly a reasonable action.
Now, should these armed agents of the government have the constitutionally required warrant, I'd simply ask that they provide it to my lawyer (they're not in a hurry if they didn't kick my door down) and when my attorney informs me thattheir paperwork is in order I would step out of my home, locking the door behind me (unless said warrant included a search of my abode).
You see, the problem with this Medford story is that the officers had no probable cause, no reasonable suspicion, sure they were worried and suspicious but such things must be reasonable. Had they had probably cause or reasonable suspicion, they would have gone to a court and had a judge sign their permission slip.
But instead, while well intentioned, they intimidated a citizen into forfeiting his constitutional rights by use of unlawful force (the presence of a large body of armed government provacateurs).
It can not be allowed to stand and good men must stand up to the abuses.
The mayor told the Mail Tribune newspaper he has complete confidence in the police department. What does that mean?Looks like he did get his guns back...
Police Return Guns to Local Man
And another article about the situation, though not much info.
Man in guns seizure wants Medford to address issue
The mayor told the Mail Tribune newspaper he has complete confidence in the police department. What does that mean?
I think he's "standing behind them" hoping the stinky stuff doesn't get to him when it hits the fan.