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Colorado home owner has house destroyed in shootout by police, federal court rules he is owed nothing

  1. #1
    Vitamin G African Astronaut
    https://www.foxnews.com/us/colorado-federal-court-rules-police-dept-owes-homeowner-nothing-after-swat-destroys-his-house

    A federal appeals court in Colorado ruled Tuesday that a local police department does not have to compensate a homeowner whose house was destroyed by 19 hours of gunfire between officers and an armed shoplifting suspect who had chosen to barricade himself inside to evade arrest.

    Judges on the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit upheld a lower court’s decision, ruling that the city of Greenwood Village, near Denver, did not owe homeowner Leo Lech any additional compensation, even though the suspect was a stranger to the homeowner, the Denver Post reported.

    Lech’s home, valued at $580,000, was marked for demolition in 2015 after a SWAT team used armored vehicles to breach the structure, deployed tear gas and explosives and shot 40 mm rounds in an effort to drive the suspect out after he refused to surrender and shot at officers, the Post reported. The suspect broke into the house when no one was home to use it as a hideout.

    “The bottom line is that destroying somebody’s home and throwing them out in the street by a government agency for whatever circumstances is not acceptable in a civilized society,” Lech told the Post. “It destroyed our lives completely.”

    Lech was renting his house to his son, John, who lived there with his girlfriend and her son, but they were not at home at time of the incident. The city had initially paid Lech $5,000 in temporary living assistance. John Lech moved in with his parents and his girlfriend's son had to change schools.

    Lech's attorney told the Post that his home insurance company paid him $345,000 for the damage but that amount did not come close to covering additional costs related to personal property damage, demolishing and rebuilding the home and taking out a new mortgage on the new house.

    “It’s a miracle insurance covered any of it in the first place,” attorney Rachel Maxam told the Post. “Insurance is for fires, floods. There’s no ‘police blew up my house’ insurance.”

    She added that a home next door that suffered about $70,000 in damage was not compensated by its insurance company. The court’s decision said the police department and the city were not liable for damage caused to the property because officers were acting in their lawful role to arrest a criminal suspect.

    The Courts, both State and Federal who have analyzed this matter, have consistently ruled in favor of the police actions taken to resolve this critical incident,” Greenwood Village said in a statement. “The Courts have recognized that while these types of events present difficult questions, the police should value life over property and may act pursuant to their police powers accordingly.”

    Lech said he plans to appeal to case to the Supreme Court.

    You heard it here folks. Cops can destroy your property as long as it's done in the line of duty. Blow up your walls, put bullet holes in your belongings, it doesn't matter. They won't pay you back a dime.
  2. #2
    DietPiano Naturally Camouflaged [awhile colour my acaridiasis]
    Yeah gont, the cops stole a whole bunch of shit from my place, not just the contraband but there was a lot of crap, probably a hundred dollars or more of non-drug crap they refused to give back to me.

    I got my scale back though, it had crack residue on it
  3. #3
    A College Professor Space Nigga [your moreover breastless limestone]
    Originally posted by Vitamin G https://www.foxnews.com/us/colorado-federal-court-rules-police-dept-owes-homeowner-nothing-after-swat-destroys-his-house



    You heard it here folks. Cops can destroy your property as long as it's done in the line of duty. Blow up your walls, put bullet holes in your belongings, it doesn't matter. They won't pay you back a dime.
    okay libtard but why cant girls be in the boyscouts?
  4. #4
    Vitamin G African Astronaut
    Originally posted by A College Professor okay libtard but why cant girls be in the boyscouts?

    They can. It's just called the scouts bsa now. It's boys who can't join girl scouts.

    Originally posted by DietPiano Yeah gont, the cops stole a whole bunch of shit from my place, not just the contraband but there was a lot of crap, probably a hundred dollars or more of non-drug crap they refused to give back to me.

    I got my scale back though, it had crack residue on it

    Why were the cops in your place? That's pretty fucked up.

    One time I gave all my pipes and stuff to a friend because I was traveling and he ended up getting arrested. Lost all that shit. They took his laptop and never returned it because it 'got lost.'

    Yet somehow they didn't notice a big bag of DMT that was lying in plain sight in the box with all his drug stuff.

    Eventually all his charges got dropped because they illegally searched his vehicle and charged him with a DUI when he was just sleeping in his car. Cost him a lot in lawyer fees.
  5. #5
    Ajax African Astronaut [rumor the placative aphakia]
    Same with letting them search your car. They can decide to be dicks and shred your seats, slash your tires, rip out anything they want and leave you on the street with a busted car and there’s nothing you can do about it. All because you thought it would be easier to lay down and say yes.
  6. #6
    Vitamin G African Astronaut
    Originally posted by Ajax Same with letting them search your car. They can decide to be dicks and shred your seats, slash your tires, rip out anything they want and leave you on the street with a busted car and there’s nothing you can do about it. All because you thought it would be easier to lay down and say yes.

    Cops get really pissed off when you tell them no. When I was hitchhiking once this cop asked if he could go through my stuff and when I told him no he looked ready to arrest me. Especially older cops just really hate that kind of shit.
  7. #7
    Nil African Astronaut
    Perhaps diffused slavery would be a good solution, like say you commit a crime, the state forces you to work until whatever debts incurred by your actions are paid off. then when damages are caused on this scale you just work them to death.
  8. #8
    Greenspam African Astronaut
    Wow. To bad they didn't have two large pitbull in their house. The dude would of been forced to go fuck up someone else's home.
  9. #9
    A College Professor Space Nigga [your moreover breastless limestone]
    yeah cops h8 when woofy gets their dindin ( ͡o ͜ʖ ͡o)
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  10. #10
    fucking_weirdo Yung Blood
    lol they literally just shot a building to death like it was command and conquer or something
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  11. #11
    aldra JIDF Controlled Opposition
    Originally posted by fucking_weirdo lol they literally just shot a building to death like it was command and conquer or something

    fucking lol@ '40mm rounds'

    I assume they were 40mm tear gas/flashbang grenades but the way they wrote it makes it sound like they hit the house with a howitzer or something
  12. #12
    Nil African Astronaut
    Originally posted by fucking_weirdo lol they literally just shot a building to death like it was command and conquer or something

    Lol so much for the "tactics" part in the acronym.
  13. #13
    Originally posted by aldra fucking lol@ '40mm rounds'

    I assume they were 40mm tear gas/flashbang grenades but the way they wrote it makes it sound like they hit the house with a howitzer or something

    40mm is really small its just 4cm and there are dildos bigger than that.
  14. #14
    Originally posted by Vitamin G Cops get really pissed off when you tell them no. When I was hitchhiking once this cop asked if he could go through my stuff and when I told him no he looked ready to arrest me. Especially older cops just really hate that kind of shit.

    no, they're just pissed off because yiur a spic.
  15. #15
    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Space Nigga [my scoffingly uncritical tinning]
    Yes gollum, that's how the law works. Cops don't automatically compensate you for damage done by criminals.

    I know this is confusing to you.
  16. #16
    This is odd.

    I know there is the whole notion of a thin blue line, where police are that thin blue line between order and anarchy, and therefore police demand you never disrespect them and are assholes so that their image in society is maintained, whether through using assholery or fear as the motivator or what not...

    But.....

    Who are these people and how can they justify this?

    Okay there is a dangerous shoplifter. Yes go arrest him. Why do they have to destroy someones home to do this? There were no hostages. They could have waited it out. Destroying the house just shows their adventure of legally being excused from following social conventions and norms. It isn't justifiable. It's doing it for the feeling it offers. It was totally unnecessary.

    And this thin blue line is shit. Sitting around without electricity singing kumbuyah and smoking pot and having a herd of goats, and chilling out in the shade for cuddles all day and having fresh goat on the coals with some yams is gonna be a way better reality than this civilised shit where your whole life is institutionalisdd to:

    Wake
    Work/school
    Sleep
    Pretend you are cool on Saturday because of the clothes you wear and the music you listen

    Life like this is the reduction of the individual in to a mindless consumer, where they must work to live, and to show value as a human, spend the money they get from this work on expensive things that serve no purpose. A plan cotton t shirt is a cotton t shirt. You cab spend anywhere from $10 to $800 for a nearly identical thing based on the brand. This is life.

    This is what they ensure continues. They call trade unions communist radicals. So now you are brainwashed to think, if you love your country (insert smiles and cuddles as a child) that anyone wanting to make your life easier is actually trying to destroy America and keeps a t72 in the garage....

    Fuck this thin blue line. It's disgusting. This is not how humanity should be.
  17. #17
    aldra JIDF Controlled Opposition
    Originally posted by Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Yes gollum, that's how the law works. Cops don't automatically compensate you for damage done by criminals.

    I know this is confusing to you.

    it wasn't criminals who drove trucks through his front wall

    well, not the ones who were charged anyway
  18. #18
    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Space Nigga [my scoffingly uncritical tinning]
    Originally posted by aldra it wasn't criminals who drove trucks through his front wall

    well, not the ones who were charged anyway

    His fault for putting his front wall in the way of the trucks.
  19. #19
    -SpectraL coward [the spuriously bluish-lilac bushman]
    Cops are genuine clowns. Low IQs, dumb as tree stumps. They really are a clear menace to society.
  20. #20
    Originally posted by aldra it wasn't criminals who drove trucks through his front wall

    well, not the ones who were charged anyway

    its their fault for bringing their houses into battle.
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