Update on the Stockton “Student Loan” S.W.A.T. or Not Raid

They’ve got a quote from a neighbor now.

A California man who initially claimed to a local television station that he was roughed up by “SWAT team” members who allegedly battered down his front door to execute a search warrant related to his estranged wife’s unpaid student loans was targeted due to an ongoing probe into alleged financial aid fraud.

…In a statement to FoxNews.com, Education Department Press Secretary Justin Hamilton confirmed that its Office of Inspector General executed the warrant with the presence of local law enforcement authorities.

“While it was reported in local media that the search was related to a defaulted student loan, that is incorrect,” the statement read. “This is related to a criminal investigation. The Inspector General’s Office does not execute search warrants for late loan payments.”

Wright later went to the offices of Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston and was then referred to the Stockton Police Department, city spokeswoman Connie Cochran told FoxNews.com.

“They busted down my door for this,” Wright told the station. “It wasn’t even me.”

One of Wright’s neighbors, a woman who identified herself only as Becky, saw the raid, which started at 6:45 a.m. and lasted until at least 10:45 a.m., she said.

They surrounded the house; it was like a task force of SWAT team,” she told the station. “They all had guns. They dragged him out in his boxer shorts, threw him to the ground and handcuffed him.”

Oddly enough, I would have though SWAT, too. And why wouldn’t you? I mean…


How’s that for a terrifying thought?

6 Responses to “Update on the Stockton “Student Loan” S.W.A.T. or Not Raid”

  1. Yojimbo says:

    Still looking for evidence that justified a bunch of goons breaking into a person’s house to serve a warrant for a non-violent offense, criminal or otherwise.

    /questioning in Tucson

  2. nightfly says:

    They could have at least broken out a comfy chair for the poor guy.

  3. Yojimbo says:

    Dunno, those guys dressed only in their boxer shorts and are not even the subject of the investigation can get pretty frisky at times.

  4. Winston Smith says:

    Bloody ‘ell!
    What’s going on in America?

  5. DaveM says:

    Biggles! The rack!

  6. Larry says:

    So…why did it take them 4 hours to figure out the actual target of their investigation wasn’t there?

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