Federal Marshals Raid Woman’s Home After She Screams And Hides From Officer Pointing Gun At Her Through Window

woman2-230x300200px-U.S._Marshals_knock_and_announceWe have been discussing the increased powers claimed by police in searching homes without warrants under claims of exigent circumstances or hot pursuit, including the right to search an entire area of a city. Sarasota Florida resident Louise Goldsberry came face to face with these powers recently after eating dinner. The nurse was at her kitchen sink when she looked out the window facing a man in a hunting vest pointing a gun in her face. She dropped to the floor and started screaming and then thing got really bad. (The picture on the right is of a different “knock and announce” raid by the Marshals and local police).

Goldsberry crawled into her bedroom and retrieved her gun. She has a permit for the .38 caliber revolver. She and her boyfriend then heard a man screaming at the front door. The man was, according to the couple, screaming profanities and saying that he was police. They did not believe him given his dress and his vulgar language. When her boyfriend asked for identification, they say the men simply screamed “We’re the f—- police; open the f—- door!” The couple staying huddled on the floor in fear as an unidentified man pushed through the door. A man screamed at her to “Drop the f—- gun or I’ll f—- shoot you.” The couple was pulled outside, handcuffed, and left for about 30 minutes. Men poured into the apartment. They then took off the handcuffs and left.

Police later explained that the man at the door was Matt Wiggins of the U.S. Marshal’s fugitive division and the police were searching for a suspect, Kyle Riley. They received a tip that he was somewhere inside the apartment complex. Based on that tip, they proceeded to raid the apartment complex. They had no reason to believe that he was in Goldsberry’s apartment. When asked why the raid on the apartment given the lack of information on his whereabouts, Wiggins is quoted as saying “Nobody in the other units reacted that way.”

So, police can show up in what looks like a hunting vest at a kitchen window and point a gun into the face of a woman. If she screams and crawls away, that is sufficient to bust into the apartment, drag the occupants outside, and handcuff them in public. Wiggins also said that she admits that she knew that they were the police when Goldsberry has denied she knew who the man was at the window or at their door. Wiggins is also quoted as saying that, since she was not simply shot for pointing a gun at an officer, “She sure shouldn’t be going to the press.”

By the way, suspect, Kyle Riley, was arrested hours later in another part of Sarasota.

In his insistence that there really is nothing to report or see in his story, Marshal Wiggins by the way should not be confused with Chief Wiggum:

Source: Herald Tribune

53 thoughts on “Federal Marshals Raid Woman’s Home After She Screams And Hides From Officer Pointing Gun At Her Through Window

  1. There is no limit on what the police can do. They have no code of conduct or behavior. They are the law. In some cases judge, jury and executioner.

    “We are the f…Ing police!” Now there you have it. In a nut shell. They are the police and you, my friend, are toast. Who cares if you are not the “droid they are looking for.” They are fired up and ready to go and they DON’T MAKE MISTAKES!

    The founders would be appalled.

  2. Outrageous and unprofessional conduct that should not only be grounds for permanent dismissal from ANY law enforcement affiliations, but should be charged with some sort of abuse of power and harassment (if not actual criminal charges for assault with a weapon in this case).

    Hopefully, this posting will draw a host of lawyers interested in pursuing a civili suit against these rogue power junkies. If the City gets the bill, you know there will be some curtailment in the future.

  3. Yeah. And they keep getting away with this crap. No apologies, no changes in policy, no successful lawsuits, and all kinds of official denial of wrongdoing.

    The only check/balance is voting out the politicians that let it happen. But people simply don’t do that enough to send the message.

    The official thugs are so protected from their bad behavior, they thumb their noses at us, and say ‘we can do that because we are the government”. And in fact they are right about that.

  4. She should have shot him. In fact i wish she had of. If I sat on her jury I would never have convicted her either.

  5. I think its time we start shooting police when they do this stuff.

    awesome law btw

    http://theweek.com/article/index/229167/the-indiana-law-that-lets-citizens-shoot-cops

    The Indiana law that lets citizens shoot cops
    The Hoosier State now allows people to use deadly force to keep public servants from illegally entering their homes or cars. Police, of course, are not pleased

    P

    olice officers in Indiana are speaking out against a new law that gives citizens the right to use deadly force to protect themselves against a public servant who oversteps his authority. Tim Downs, president of the Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police, says the law (signed in March by Gov. Mitch Daniels, but only now getting national attention) might give people the impression that they can shoot police with impunity. “It’s just a recipe for disaster,” he tells Bloomberg. Here, a brief guide to this controversial legislation:

  6. Wiggins is also quoted as saying that, since she was not simply shot for pointing a gun at an officer, “She sure shouldn’t be going to the press.” –
    Almost sounds like there’s an “If she knows what’s good for her” being implied there. Maybe she hadn’t heard of Micheal Hastings.

  7. We are so anxious to fill up our already full prisons we will just have to dispense with the sanctity of our homes and freedoms no matter how many soldiers die for our freedoms. Screw the founding fathers and the constitution.

  8. “clearly these cops were just standing their ground…..” (Woosty’s still a Cat)

    yep … George Zimmermans with actual authority

  9. JINSA might have something to say about how this new ‘community’ policy actually came into effect. Are Americans being confused with Palestinians now? Has America been turned into an occupied [communitarian] territory eerily unbeknownst… to its sleep-walking citizenry? Who innocently… have misplaced their trust… in well-coiffed celebrities… smiling out at them from inside those magic boxes?

    Is this how ‘our’ courts were taken over by the ‘self-regulating’ private trade associations… the ABA (1878)… and the National Lawyers Guild (1947)?

    Whose membership has carte blanche to fleece its customers – its marks – with impunity since they collude essentially as a criminal protection racket?

    Have ‘We, the People’ been conquered and made slaves to Zion? Sadly, I think so.

    Search: ‘ABCD’… ‘COPS’… ‘COMPASS’… ‘Living Outside the Dialectic’

    “They Own it All (Including YOU) By Means of Toxic Currency”… by Ron McDonald… tells how they were fleeced of their right… to privacy… and of their right to own property. Essentially made beggars and squatters…

    ‘Bank Fraud in 10 Minutes’ tells the story… of how ‘We, the Sheeple’ were made victims… by marauding packs… of ‘wolves in sheep’s clothing’.

    http://newpeopleorder.com
    The New People Order

    Bank Fraud in 10 Minutes

  10. Bruce, excellent idea “Hopefully, this posting will draw a host of lawyers interested in pursuing a civili suit against these rogue power junkies. If the City gets the bill, you know there will be some curtailment in the future.”

    Indeed this blog should have more than its share of lawyers reading. If they can take cases like this, or know of other lawyers that can, please, lets get the ball rolling. I have talked to people about the spying and their reaction is “Great, they should do this, I have nothing to hide”. Until it hurts our government to act illegally, they will continue to act illegally.

  11. I like the IN law and I hope it spreads. This needs to be expanded to be able to kill bounty hunters as well, and to remove their legal protections. Bounty hunters can do worse than the cops, and you have no rights against them.

  12. SwM,

    ” …Saw that some gun group is going to buy Zimmerman a new fancy gun.”

    I wonder how they are going to get it to him as he and all his family members are in hiding. Do you think his lawyers will act as delivery boys?

  13. Florida…it’s the water.

    By the way, for you hard-asses out there, if you shoot at anyone in a team of cops, you won’t have to worry about anyone testifying at your trial.

    Quit macho fantasizing and do something useful, like cleaning up Florida and the rest of the slave states.

    Anon.

  14. These, and other examples posted on this board, remind me of what it might have been like when American Marines were kicking down the doors of civilian Iraqis and Afghans.
    At the time I wondered when something akin would happen here. And here it is. Another consequence of the fateful foolishness that was the Iraq War, the stupid thinking (genius from other perspectives) that got us into it.
    Look at how much has changed as a consequence of the outright ignorant, stupid and simply wrong responses to significant events. From this POV the police state rising is just the natural next step.

    Ideas (and policies) have consequences.
    We sowed lawlessness…now we are reaping it here.

    Soon “they” wont “hate us for our freedoms” any more. “They” wont need to.

    Side Note: Is it worth noting that this happened in Florida? It seems many of the stories that are the leading edge in the dismantling of our civil and constitutional rights start there.

  15. Re the notion of

    anon 1, July 22, 2013 at 8:53 am
    I think its time we start shooting police when they do this stuff.
    …The Indiana law that lets citizens shoot cops.

    From a “systems” point of view this is “solving”, at least reacting to the problem at the same level that is is functioning. Ie, it wont, actually can not, solve the problem. And as delicious it may feel to think so, it wont be.
    It will have exactly the same consequence as if the Iraqis had met the marines at the door with weapons. Yes, a few more marines would have died, but eventually so would have those who resisted that overwhelming force. And badly.

    It will be the exact same here. No matter how many guns and weapons citizens have if we follow this remedy we will be playing with a fire that will destroy everything. The state will win. They actually have more guns. The only end-game will be to actually have the full on police state that has hitherto only been manifest in isolated examples.

    Constitution? Gone. Superseded by some necessary martial law imposed to “keep the peace”.

    Already the predicates for this have been laid. We are primed thru our fears to be protected from “terrorists” and nondescript “enemies”. Unfortunately, as is being detailed daily, we are finding out that the enemy is essentially what was once known as the citizenry.

    We have to figure out how to think again. Think in ways we have not been required to for a long time. It wont be easy. It is hard, sometimes, to have any hope that we can. Or will.

    Michael

  16. I fail to see where the marshals had probable cause to believe the fugitive was actually in this woman’s apartment. A tip that the fugitive was in an apartment complex does not give them the authority to search every apartment. How reliable and credible was this tip to begin with?

    The Marshal’s Service is looking like it is going to get sued I would say.

  17. I know about a dozen Federal Marshals, active and retired, and not a one of them is the least concerned about getting sued. They figure that’s a problem for the desk jockeys who make the big bucks. The office of U.S. Marshal is the oldest American federal law enforcement office and the culture within the department reflects that history.

    I’m not surprised at the profanity nor at the search, I would be surprised if they had shot the civilian.

  18. What Blouise said.

    The US Attorney’s office once consulted me and my colleague, a forensic psychiatrist. The case involved a mental patient, known to be potentially dangerous, who escaped from a Federal facility and wasn’t even missed until the next day. He raped and physically abused a women who lived near the facility. She filed a lawsuit against the facility and its supervisory staff for their lax security. The two psychiatrists in charge of his case were named co-defendants in the lawsuit against the government.

    The psychiatrists were the most uncooperative defendants I have ever seen. They did not want to meet with my colleague and me, or with their own attorney after 4:00 PM, because that was when they got off work. We were in a meeting, and they both looked at their watches and complained we were keeping them after hours. The US Attorney was furious with them. These two guys simply didn’t care. If they lost the lawsuit, the money would not come out of their pockets.

  19. For those upthread who suggest shooing at the officers, I got news for you. Try that and you will be carried by six instead of tried by twelve. Several guys in body armor, armed with pistols and 12-guage shotguns, trumps an armed homeowner every time.

  20. The fed admitted that he had no probable cause to break into her home other than how she acted as opposed to how others acted. If she can find a lawyer skilled in civil rights litigation (few and far between) they would be well advised to sue the state actor (local cops) under 42 U.S.C. section 1983 for the civil rights violation. Fed cop is sued under a similar federal statute.
    She will be entitled to a jury in a federal court and in addition to actual damages she can get punitive damages and attorney fees.

  21. BarkinDog:

    I have recently filed a §1983 against county actors, for illegal law enforcement activities.
    These things go so slow, certainly no instant gratification like the cops get when they fk you over.

    But that is often the only get back available to the average citizen.

  22. Blouise 1, July 22, 2013 at 11:11 am

    SwM,

    ” …Saw that some gun group is going to buy Zimmerman a new fancy gun.”

    I wonder how they are going to get it to him as he and all his family members are in hiding. Do you think his lawyers will act as delivery boys?

    Admittedly this was not one of the USMS best moments. Agent Wiggins will probably be going through IG’s office on this one (Internal Affairs).

    But at least we can give them one big “addaboy!” on the GZ manuever today. I guess there was a truck rollover about 1 mile from RATL. Guess who flies in like superman to save the day? Yup’ it was GZ to the rescue! It was only witnessed by one LEO but it must have really happened.

    I guess some Einstein in USMS – WITSEC came up with that genius idea to help thwart the Black Panthers who are out looking for him. Yeah… GZ is still in town and close to home! Yeah right (LOL)

  23. “Darren Smith: “I fail to see where the marshals had probable cause to believe the fugitive was actually in this woman’s apartment. A tip that the fugitive was in an apartment complex does not give them the authority to search every apartment. ”
    ************

    ‘We don’t need no probable cause’

    The police arrest people for walking by their stop, as we saw in a story a couple of days ago. The law enforcement communities seemingly have abandoned probable cause.

  24. This sounds exactly like the rape case in Dubai. Cretins violate a woman, then SHE is arrested for being violated, for objecting to the violation.

  25. I would suggest it be time we start prosecuting officers like this.
    The appropriate sentence would be as severe as any criminal would face. If we are to hold stiffer sentences for crimes committed against officers than it is only fitting that they be held to the same standards.

    He should go to prison for quite a few years.

  26. Police departments are becoming increasingly isolated from the communities they serve and increasingly indifferent to the rights of residents of those communities. And in this case, Mr. Wiggins appears to have some issues with mental and emotional stability. I have no doubt that he would not have hesitated in using deadly force against two innocent people had they not promptly complied with his commands. From the standpoint of the victims, this could just as easily have been a home invasion. Opening the door was an act of faith.

  27. @Mike Appleton – Marshall Wiggins was not a local Sarasota police officer. He was from the federal US Marshall Service. A rapist had escaped from jail and they got a tip that he was holed up in this woman’s apartment complex. They had knocked on almost everybody’s door and everyone complied and opened up and volunteered for a warrant-less search. This lady (who could be seen inside her kitchen window) refused to open the door. Wiggins incorrectly thought they were being held hostage by the assumed armed and dangerous escapee.

    So Wiggins comes up to the window with his camo-colored Kevlar vest aiming his H&K at whomever he saw in the window thinking it would intimidate the bad guy to come out. He uses some colorful metaphors to further the intimidation. She drops down to the floor which just makes things worse for Wiggin’s imagination.

    Then they decide to ram the door. She and her sufficient-other decide to arm up with a pistol. When USMS forcibly enter they already have their H&K’s aimed and their tactical stinger flashlights mounted on the pistols. Obviously they had the lights out in the apartment. However, Wiggins saw the dude aiming the pistol at him and didn’t automatically shoot him. He used some colorful metaphors to make him put it down. I mean he could have been the bad-guy in a low light scenario. Fortunately Wiggins had a good photo of the bad-guy.

    So in summary, did Wiggins screw up? Well kinda’ I think he did. He made too many false assumptions. The bad-guy was caught miles away. Did he use sound judgment? IMO NO. He should have called hi supervisor for direction and not make tactical judgment calls. I would not blame the Marshall service. I just blame Wiggins who may have been in rogue-cop mode (kinda’ like Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry?). He’ll be riding his desk (with pay) for a few weeks while the IG investigates.

  28. Been pondering this since I read it yesterday….. If I recall Gene had a posting, blog about the scope of the Feds….. I suppose all of Florida is within the 100 miles of an international border…… Sick puppies…

  29. Gene: Thanks for the link to your post on 100miles… I had no idea.
    The enormity of what 9/11 has done to our country in all these particulars is sometimes breathtaking.
    The very word HOMELAND, so called Homeland security, NSA, Patriot Act, increase in police state, immense amounts of money/resources being directed into these black ops, and sometimes open ops (thinking of the 8billion in cash that was sent to Iraq early on), the introduction of torture into our accepted language, rendition, Total Information Awareness, dismantling of the privacy of citizens while increasing the privacy of the government – a complete reversal of how we are supposed to be constitutionally organized, and now the incremental introduction of drones into our cities, and on and on.. It gives a certain sober pause to the day…

    9/11 and our response was not just simple terrorism and a simple response to it. It is the fulcrum of the “paradigm” shift from one state to another. And we are certainly living in another state now.

    Its almost as if it were planned….

  30. Despite how it sometimes appears, AY, I use my superpowers only for good.

    Except for that x-ray vision thingy.

    Yeah.

    I sometimes use that one for less than noble purposes.

  31. Jake,
    When a half dozen guys in body armor and BDUs carrying shotguns and automatic weapons bust in your back door, going for a gun of any type will be your last conscious act.

    Bluster and bravado is one thing. The real world is another. The real world is not a paintball or video game.

  32. Actually, Blouise, although The Marshalls Service and Customs both claim to be the oldest(1789) ….the US POSTAL INSPECTION SERVICE was created some 17 years prior.(1772)

  33. The politicians don’t really care how many of the police are shot. The more the better as it gives the elites the excuse they need to increase the oppression.

    “That is why law abiding citizens own rifles and handguns to protect themselves from government tyranny.”
    Yeah, that’s why the government has hordes of gunmen, machineguns, gas, helicopters, etc.
    When guns are outlawed here as in Australia and other places, those who do not turn them over will not be “law-abiding.”

    “I know about a dozen Federal Marshals, active and retired, and not a one of them is the least concerned about getting sued.”
    Course not. If they get sued and have to go to court they are drawing their pay. If judgment is rendered against them, Unkie Sugar will pay it. Remember FBI HRT Lon Horiuchi? Did he ever have to pay Kevin Harris anything for shooting him? Naah. He had a federal badge. License to kill.
    Have to give the other HRT agents credit for rejecting the special rules of engagement that Horiuchi supposedly acted on.

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