It was one year ago today that Jose Guerena, an inactive duty Marine and active duty father, was brutally and tragically gunned down in his own home by Pima Co. Arizona SWAT serving a no-knock drug raid, which, by the way, never turned up any drugs during this home invasion that turned into homicide.
Arizona SWAT Team Defends Shooting Iraq Vet 60 Times
By ELLEN TUMPOSKY
May 20, 2011
A Tucson, Ariz., SWAT teamdefends shooting an Iraq War veteran 60 times during a drug raid, although it declines to say whether it found any drugs in the house and has had to retract its claim that the veteran shot first.
And the Pima County sheriff, whose team conducted the raid, scolded the media for “questioning the legality” of the shooting.
Jose Guerena, 26, died the morning of May 5. He was asleep in his Tucson home after working a night shift at the Asarco copper mine when his wife, Vanessa, saw the armed SWAT team outside her youngest son’s bedroom window.
“She saw a man pointing at her with a gun,” said Reyna Ortiz, 29, a relative who is caring for Vanessa and her children. Ortiz said Vanessa Guerena yelled, “Don’t shoot! I have a baby!”
Vanessa Guerena thought the gunman might be part of a home invasion — especially because two members of her sister-in-law’s family, Cynthia and Manny Orozco, were killed last year in their Tucson home, her lawyer, Chris Scileppi, said. She shouted for her husband in the next room, and he woke up and told his wife to hide in the closet with the child, Joel, 4.
Guerena grabbed his assault rifle and was pointing it at the SWAT team, which was trying to serve a narcotics search warrant as part of a multi-house drug crackdown, when the team broke down the door. At first the Pima County Sheriff’s Office said that Guerena fired first, but on Wednesday officials backtracked and said he had not. “The safety was on and he could not fire,” according to the sheriff’s statement.
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Oath Keepers Rally to Honor Jose Guerena and Oppose SWAT Searches
Uploaded by OathKeepersOK on May 26, 2011
Marine Veteran killed by SWAT team at home: denied medical care
Uploaded by JoetheElectrician on May 14, 2011
The wife of a Tucson man killed in a Pima County SWAT raid May 5 pleaded for five minutes with 911 dispatchers to send an ambulance for her mortally wounded husband, audio records show.
SWAT Raid Kills Veteran
Uploaded by TheAlyonaShow on May 20, 2011
There’s two instances that are so insane, that we can’t help but call out law enforcement for going to such lengths. Take a look at two recent instances of police brutality, one out of Arizona, where a SWAT raid went wrong, and left a 2-tour, former Marine dead. And another example out of Virginia where an officer is accused of abuse after an encounter with two young men with mental disabilities.
Lindy: “No Knock Raid” – a song about the drug war’s deadliest tactic.
Uploaded by ReasonTV on Jun 16, 2011
“No Knock Raid,” written and performed by Toronto-based musician Lindy, is a searing indictment of one of the most aggressive, ubiquitous, and mistaken tactics in the War on Drugs.
Consider only the most recent raid to cause a national outrage: On May 5, 2011, 26-year-old Jose Guerena, who survived two tours in the Iraq War, was shot and killed during a raid on his house by a Pima County, Arizona SWAT team that fired dozens of bullets through his front door. Guerena, married and a father of two, had just finished a 12-hour shift at a local mine. Law enforcement sources claim he was involved in narco-trafficking but have yet to produce any evidence supporting that claim. Officers involved in the death have been cleared of wrongdoing.
Guerena’s death is not an isolated incident. As USA Today reports, an astonishing 70,000 to 80,000 militarized police raids take place on a annual basis in America, many of them on mistaken suspects and many of them ending with injury or death for police and citizens alike.
Call to Arms: Jose Guerena
By: TriXteR Phillips
On the Morning of May 5 2011 Jose Guerena, a twenty-six year old veteran of Iraq who survived the chaos of war during two tours, was gunned down by Pima County Arizona SWAT serving a no knock drug warrant. Asleep after working a night shift at the copper mine Jose awakes to his wife, Vanessa, screaming do not shoot I have a baby, a masked gunman outside their youngest sons bedroom window confronts her with him in arm, fearing a home invasion Jose tells his wife and son to take cover in the closet. Grabbing his assault rifle, safety on, he confronts the gunman breaking down his front door in the manor customary to a man of military training forged in the fires of combat. Not much else is clear at this point but in the following moments a barrage of gunfire and accompanying brilliant flashes of light followed by deafening explosions of sound leave Jose laying there bleeding out and dying on the floor of his home as 60 of the 71 bullets fired by the SWAT hit their mark. Rending flesh and shattering bone, as is the bullets nature, they leave Jose lying on the floor of his home, his castle, surely terrified of an unknown fate that must await his wife and child.
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