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Tue Sep 19 20:03:42 MDT 2000
WHAT? NO NATIONAL MEDIA COVERAGE OF
> POLICE SHOOTING A "CHILD" ?????????
> GUESS THAT KIND NATIONAL COVERAGE OF THE
> MISSUSE OF FIREARMS IS ONLY APPLIED TO
> *PRIVATE* *CITIZENS*
> WHO OWN FIREARMS!!!
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "The Republican" <therepublican at ideasign.com>
> To: <therepublican at ideasign.com>
> Sent: Friday, September 15, 2000 3:52 PM
> Subject: 11-year-old killed in California drug raid
> [Note: As I have said many times before over the years, and the
> old timers on this list are likely tired of hearing it, the war on drugs
> not about winning the war, it is not meant to be won. What the war
> on drugs is about is power and money and the steady weakening
> of the Constitutional guards on our God given rights. Among my
> numerous archives from the last 10 years are many accounts of the
> type of tragedy described below, innocent people killed, wounded,
> subjected to terror and brutal investigating techniques, who have had
> their homes and property, dignity and reputations trashed, family pets
> killed, many based on the false word of a paid informant or disgruntled
> former employee. No, the war on drugs is not what will be won, what
> will be won is a total police state for those Statist Utopian Dogmatists
> (SUDs) who are presently in control. - Tony]
> 11-year-old killed in California drug raid
> By TY PHILLIPS, Modesto Bee of California
> MODESTO, Calif. (September 14, 2000 1:34 p.m. EDT
> http://www.nandotimes.com) - An 11-year-old Modesto boy was fatally shot
> early Wednesday morning when police SWAT team officers on a federal
> narcotics sweep raided his parents' home. Police said the shooting was an
> Alberto Sepulveda, a seventh-grader at Prescott Senior Elementary School,
> was pronounced dead in his home in the north Modesto neighborhood commonly
> known as Highway Village. He died from one shotgun round to the back,
> Police Chief Roy Wasden said.
> Wasden would not give any other details of the shooting or raid, not even
> where in the small house the shooting took place. He said details will not
> be available until investigations have been completed.
> "Our entire department is in shock," Wasden said. "And our heartfelt
> sympathy goes out to the family of the child, and the officers who were
> involved in this tragic incident."
> The shot came from officer David Hawn, whose weapon accidentally
> during the raid, Wasden said. Hawn, a 21-year department veteran, has
> served on the SWAT team for 18 1/2 years. Following department policy,
> was placed on paid leave.
> Hawn and six other officers had been ordered to enter the house and secure
> it so federal agents could serve drug warrants.
> The boy's father, Moises Sepulveda, was arrested and booked on charges of
> methamphetamine trafficking. The boy's mother and two siblings, ages 8 and
> 14, also were home during the raid.
> Officers knocked on the door at 6:16 a.m. Five minutes later, a call went
> out for an ambulance and Fire Department personnel.
> Police swarmed in and out of the house all day, and Stanislaus County
> coroner's deputies did not remove the boy's body until after 2 p.m.
> As is routine with officer-involved shootings, separate investigations are
> being conducted by the district attorney's office, the Police Department's
> Crimes Against Persons Unit and Professional Standards Unit, and the city
> attorney's office.
> "Our preliminary investigation indicates that the shooting was
> Wasden said at his first major press conference since becoming chief Aug.
> The department could not immediately provide a list of police shootings,
> but no one could remember a case in which an officer had killed a child.
> As some officers worked inside the house, others stood grim-faced outside,
> talking in small groups. Neighbors stood in front of their homes,
> what had happened on their street.
> A potted plant had been tipped off the house's porch and onto the lawn. A
> police shield rested on the porch.
> Neighbors leaned around yellow police tape, trying to sneak a look inside
> the home.
> "It's a war zone all around this village," said Charley Ney, 44, who lives
> in the neighborhood. "It gets crazy sometimes."
> Ney leaned on a fence several doors from the crime scene, talking with
> neighbors Bill Blair, 41, and Lloyd Little, 55. The men knew someone had
> been shot in a drug raid, but they had no idea it was a boy.
> Blair said drugs are nothing new to Highway Village. He has lived in the
> area all his life. The men knew late-night traffic at the house is common,
> but it was not something they watched closely.
> "When you live out here, there's always something going on," Blair said.
> "When you drive around, you don't look too much at people like that. You
> don't watch them because they're watching you."
> Wednesday night, neighbors stood at the edge of driveways and lawns,
> swapping stories of concern, shock and grief.
> "I didn't ever think anything like this could happen at that house, to
> family," former next-door neighbor Nadia Chuca, 23, said. "He was just at
> the wrong place at the wrong time; it's just sad that this happened to an
> 11-year-old. ... I saw him grow up."
> The Sepulveda family has lived at the home for about five years.
> Fourteen-year-old Melissa Gold lived across the street until recently.
> She said Alberto taught bicycle tricks to her 9-year-old brother, Brian.
> "My little brother, he's been sad all day. He tried to ask me why the cop
> shot him. I didn't know how to say it in sign language," she said. "My
> brother's deaf."
> Sam Climber walked his 9-year-old son, Sam Jr., in front of the Sepulveda
> house to try to make sense of Wednesday's shooting.
> His son, he said, played daily with Alberto.
> "We would play hide-and-go-seek, ride our bikes and have water balloon
> fights," the young Climber said. "I sort of could not believe it; I didn't
> think kids could get shot."
> Counseling services were provided Thursday for students at Chrysler and
> Prescott schools, said Judy French, a secretary in the Stanislaus Union
> School District. Alberto attended Chrysler last year.
> Wednesday's raid was part of a drug trafficking investigation that began
> January 1999, said Robert Dey, a special agent with the U.S. Drug
> Enforcement Agency.
> He said authorities had identified a Stanislaus County drug ring that
was making and selling large quantities of methamphetamine. Wednesday's
action involved 14 simultaneous raids at houses around the county.
> Officers arrested 14 people, Dey said, and were seeking four others.
> SWAT teams called upon for Wednesday's operation were from the Sacramento
> and San Francisco offices of the FBI, the DEA, the Stanislaus County
> Sheriff's Department and the Lodi Police Department.
> "With the violent nature of methamphetamine traffickers, we try to take
> the precautions to avoid anyone getting hurt. This is a tragic situation
> for all parties involved," Dey said.
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