A Stockton California man was awakened at 6:00 a.m. by a SWAT team breaking into his house to execute a search warrant relating to:
An unpaid student loan.
Yup, that is what it was about.
Although, with typical government efficiency, he never owed any student loan; his estranged wife did.
The video link on the Channel 10 website no longer works, (?), but try the Raw Story site for the‘s account.
They did not show him the search warrant, far as I can tell, though this happened today, so more information may become available.
He had no idea it was for a student loan in his wife’s name.
Not from our Department of Education (?), which says they can say nothing until the case is closed.
Well, lots of student loans out there are NEVER going to be paid, so who knows how long that will take.
Who knows what they were looking for, debt collectors do not get to search people’s houses.
They destroyed the man’s door, though he would have opened it for him.
They shoved him to the ground and handcuffed him, then put him in a police car for over 6 hours.
Oh, I think they at least threw his 3 kids in with him, ages 3, 7 and 11.
So they have family values.
They were in the one Stockton police car, it is not clear which Federal agents did the dirty work.
It was apparently unclear to the victim as well, as he called the mayor to protest, and that is when he was told it was a federal case.
This could be one of those intimidation things our government does, like the IRS seizures and levies every March and April, to intimidate the citizenry into rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.
So maybe this big deficit is inspiring the politicians to put student loans up there with unpaid taxes.
I want to hear from any law enforcement officers, this is not how they used to execute search warrants.
What say you?
Update, government says not for collecting student loan, was Dept. of Education, and the video interview of the victim has still disappeared from the internet.
And video onback.
Does not change my opinion.
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