“It Can’t Happen Here”
Democrats, John Chisholm, Police Misconduct, Scott Walker, Wisconsin
Except, it did. David French, at National Review, describes the Wisconsin reign of terror which occurred when democrat Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm used John Doe warrants to send police raiding the homes, and confiscating the personal computers and cell phones, of conservative supporters of Governor Scott Walker.
They came with a battering ram.â€ Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsinâ€™s Act 10 â€” also called the â€œWisconsin Budget Repair Bill,â€ it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions â€” was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogsâ€™ frantic barking. The entire house â€” the windows and walls â€” was shaking. She looked outside to see up to a dozen police officers, yelling to open the door. They were carrying a battering ram. She wasnâ€™t dressed, but she started to run toward the door, her body in full view of the police. Some yelled at her to grab some clothes, others yelled for her to open the door. â€œI was so afraid,â€ she says. â€œI did not know what to do.â€ She grabbed some clothes, opened the door, and dressed right in front of the police. The dogs were still frantic.
â€œI begged and begged, â€˜Please donâ€™t shoot my dogs, please donâ€™t shoot my dogs, just donâ€™t shoot my dogs.â€™ I couldnâ€™t get them to stop barking, and I couldnâ€™t get them outside quick enough. I saw a gun and barking dogs. I was scared and knew this was a bad mix.â€ She got the dogs safely out of the house, just as multiple armed agents rushed inside. Some even barged into the bathroom, where her partner was in the shower. The officer or agent in charge demanded that Cindy sit on the couch, but she wanted to get up and get a cup of coffee.
â€œI told him this was my house and I could do what I wanted.â€ Wrong thing to say. â€œThis made the agent in charge furious. He towered over me with his finger in my face and yelled like a drill sergeant that I either do it his way or he would handcuff me.â€ They wouldnâ€™t let her speak to a lawyer. She looked outside and saw a person who appeared to be a reporter. Someone had tipped him off. The neighbors started to come outside, curious at the commotion, and all the while the police searched her house, making a mess, and â€” according to Cindy â€” leaving her â€œdead motherâ€™s belongings strewn across the basement floor in a most disrespectful way.â€ Then they left, carrying with them only a cellphone and a laptop.
Read the whole thing.