SWAT Team Destroys Innocent Family’s Home Looking for Unarmed Homeless Man

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A married couple claim Fresno sheriff’s officers destroyed their house by using it as a training ground for a teargas-wielding SWAT team, 50 vehicles, two helicopters, a K-9 unit and a fire truck — because an unarmed homeless man had been found in their closet.

David and Gretchen Jessen sued Fresno County and the City of Clovis on March 8 in Fresno County Court. They say the unconstitutional assault on their home was “excessive, unreasonable, violent, destructive … intrusive … unnecessary and unreasonable.”

The Jessens, who are farmers, say in their complaint that the sheriff and police used their house as a military battleground “because the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department and/or Clovis Police Department had found, by accident, the perfect location to conduct a training exercise on a rural home, on a dead-end street, in rural Fresno County, where ‘civilians’ were not present, ‘civilians’ were not going to congregate, ‘civilians’ were not going to observe or interfere with the military training assault on the Jessens’ home and the situation posed no risk of injury to the officers.”

In the lengthy complaint, David Jessen says it all started on June 11, 2016, when sheriff’s officers called him and said his house may have been broken into. He called his wife to tell her, then drove home and found four patrol cars in front of the house and officers scattered around the perimeter. One held a bullhorn and was yelling “come out,” and “hands up.”

An officer told Jessen that a homeless man had broken into his house after construction workers had kicked him out of a vacant house nearby. When asked if there were guns inside, Jessen said he had two unloaded shotguns and a loaded .357 magnum, all of them hidden so well that only he could find them.

The officer told Jessen the man had threatened to shoot anyone who came inside and asked him and his family, who had just arrived, to wait elsewhere. After taking his family to a friend’s house 10 minutes away, Jessen drove back to unload some farm equipment and found law enforcement cars lining the road to his house for a quarter of a mile, plus two ambulances, a fire truck, and two helicopters circling above.

“Bewildered and baffled” at the show of force, Jessen says, he drove away and was passed by a SWAT vehicle and a crisis negotiation motor home heading toward his house.

Several hours later, deputies told him he could go back home. On the way there, Jessen counted at least 55 law enforcement vehicles. After parking and walking to his house, a SWAT officer told him the “operation” was concluded, and a second officer handed him a card and said “‘we have insurance for this.’”

Jessen says he had no idea what the officers meant until he went inside and found his home destroyed. Officers had ripped out the wrought iron doors to their home office and laundry rooms, pulled the office wall off the foundation, teargased six rooms, flash-bombed two of them, shattered a sliding glass door, broken seven windows and destroyed more than 90 feet of fencing with a SWAT vehicle.

“The magnitude of the damage to the Jessens’ home was unreasonable and unjustified, needlessly implemented to capture a single, surrounded, unarmed, hungry homeless person who posed no danger to anyone,” the complaint states.

In fact, the only things the homeless person stole were an ice cream bar, some milk, and half a tomato, according to the complaint. The Jessens say the cops could have arrested the man with a single K-9 team. But due to the excessive use of teargas, they had to gut the home, remove all the carpet and drywall, and can no longer live there. The costs of damages exceed $150,000.

Tony Botti with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department said the department declined comment.

The Clovis Police Department did not return calls seeking comment Friday.

The Jessens seek compensatory and special damages, court costs and attorney fees.

They are represented by C. Russell Georgeson, with Georgeson and Belardinelli, in Fresno.

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  • jimmy joe

    This is just unbelievable!! We live in a NAZI state, one in which EVERY dink can enjoy, because, you see, they are above the law, and are able to do whatever the fuck they want!! You mean to tell me, with all the, obvious, children, not 1 fucking adult was present?? All of them children, unsupervised even?? This was obviously approved, and just take a fucking guess who pays?? Thats right, the taxpayer gets to bail them out too! No justice whatsoever, they do not even pay for their fuck-ups, unaccountable is what the proper term is, UNACCOUNTABLE!! One day soon, this will all end, I can sense it!!!

    • Roy Hobs

      Anyone with an opinion of the NSDAP should be required to watch “The Greatest Story Never Told” or read Richard Tedor’s book “Hitler’s Revolution”.
      More accurately….we live in a “Bolshevik” state.

      We WISHED we lived under the NSDAP. We wouldn’t have rainbow crosswalks, transgendered bathrooms….we wouldn’t have a Federal Reserve……I could go on and on and on. We wouldn’t have the “knockout game” and we wouldn’t have third world refugees pouring in to Western Civilization.
      So educate yourself!

      • Carlos Jurew

        Roy, you are 100% correct! Thank You for your input!

      • Pat Taylor ╚(ಠ_ಠ)=┐

        Synagogue of Satan …

  • Smarty

    This is just another fine example of being “served and protected”. And the BEST part is, WE pay them to do it !!!!!

  • anonymous4u4me

    They were not trying to protect anyone, they were sparing no expense or efforts to help this homeless man get to a facility. One only need to look around at the dwindling numbers of homeless in CA. and see this program is working out quite well. That being said, I fully understand why the police dept. and the sheriffs dept. wished to say nothing, as they had already made big asses out of themselves,why make themselves look even worse, if that was possible.

  • mangomuffin2

    If the police have insurance, why should the taxpayers foot this bill?

    • juskom95

      Because the insurance is extremely limited in what it will cover. In other words, it is inadequate coverage for a situation like this.

      • mangomuffin2

        Then I would say that either they need better insurance or they should behave more reasonably. Why should the taxpayers cover their reckless behavior?

        • Jas

          Cause Boys with Toys will be Boys with Toys…..

          • mangomuffin2

            Somebody dropped the ball in their upbringing…what happened to “you break it, you buy it?”

          • RMS1911

            It’s I break it ,taxpayers buy it.

      • RMS1911

        They need to carry their own liability insurance.
        I bet all of this will stop.

        • Pat Taylor ╚(ಠ_ಠ)=┐

          Repeal the Donut Nazis qualified immunity … And overnight, Donut Nazis would dawn an entirely different demeanor.

          Donut Nazis are a class of (((citizenry))) with special privileges, they even have their own bill of rights: http://porac.org/resources/peace-officers-bill-of-rights/

          Why would smart people allow thugs with badges (and extremely low IQ’s)to retain these special privileges not exercised by normal citizenry, all while this privileged class abuses the very underclass they are alleged to protect?

    • Pat Taylor ╚(ಠ_ಠ)=┐

      The so called insurance, is a bond held by the state – The taxpayers make the funding for that bond, its like an extortion party that is foolishly condoned by the taxpayers.

      • mangomuffin2

        Seems like something in need of correction…

        • Pat Taylor ╚(ಠ_ಠ)=┐

          We all need to utilize the Law of The Land which allows us a remedy to tyranny – rescind the authority, without the people(allegedly), they have no authority … At the very least, it would expose the reality of what government views themselves as … The backdrop would come down revealing the truth.

  • endofwatchersbegan1/28/2011

    California needs to fall off the edge into the ocean to put itself out of it’s OWN MISERY. NAZI FASCIST State. Born there and detest what it became, and will NEVER go back just because of this type Police Mentality, given them from above. This is what Liberal Progressive NAZI/COMMIE satanist DEM-wits do to your Nation. Better take a real hard look, People.

    • I don’t hate California; in fact, I see as the bastion of capitalism and the Manifest Destiny, which makes it more shameful as to what it has become. You should fix the state you love so much and kick out the progressives who have hijacked our government.

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        Cowards run.

        Just like the wetbacks who jump the border instead of staying to fix the country they claim to love so much.

        Spineless, pig-ignorant cretins, every last one of them.

        • Jas

          I say that over and over. Unfortunately we are labeling people who want to provide for their families as the enemy, instead of those who hide amongst them as criminals seeking opportunity.

    • Roy Hobs

      Wrong. We live under a Communist Bolshevik state. We WISHED we lived under the nsdap.

    • James Wood

      They don’t listen. Have tried to tell them and they can’t seem to grasp it. Weird. Some kind of mass mental illness?

    • g.johnon

      so mr party pants, where were you when dubya was doing the same anti-human, anti-constitutional, anti-american shit to our nation?
      get your head out of the two party stupid. the neocon fundamentalist right is no better than the neoliberal bleeding heart snowflake left for this country.

      • Pat Taylor ╚(ಠ_ಠ)=┐

        Both wings (left/ right) of the corrupted bird, have long been broken, no one can see this reality however. – Until ZIONIST & Ashkenazi control is eliminated from all facets of the corporate u.s. government, the goy will pay – In more ways than one.

        • g.johnon

          pattie me boieee, most real jews will suffer right along with the goy because they hate zionism even more than you do.
          you know its true, but it fucks up your narrative so you just ignore it.

          • Pat Taylor ╚(ಠ_ಠ)=┐

            No, it does not fuck up “my narrative” as you so naively declare … I know that in example , orthodox Jews NKUS, in example are anti-zionists .

            There are many Jews following Gods word and in doing so, refuse to serve for the IDF, as they are not a thing of God.

            The Ashkenazi have historically subjected those that they allege to be brethren of to great pain and loss.

            No … No narrative loss, just fortification of the existence of the problem group posing as J00s.

          • g.johnon

            my bad for misreading you. i stand corrected and apologetic.

          • Pat Taylor ╚(ಠ_ಠ)=┐

            One line of text is not always truthfully telling of any subject or the person discussing it.

            No apology required

    • G’ma G

      Californian myself. Trying to get back to save my country.

  • NonYo Business

    lol There’s only one way to put an end to this BS.

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  • john folger

    so your point?? that is just part of excepting the police state

  • SP_88

    This isn’t just a problem in Californistan, it’s a nationwide problem. SWAT raids have increased by over 800% in the past decade. And it’s not because the need for them has increased.
    They used to only use such force on armed hostage situations and to execute no-knock drug warrants. But now they are using them for anything and everything they can get away with using them for.
    Shit like this is no exception. This is par for the course. And most of the time these unnecessary and violent police raids end up doing more harm than good. These knuckleheads end up destroying someone’s house and sometimes they end up shooting the homeowner or other family member only to later discover that they are at the wrong house or that they cannot arrest anyone because there is no evidence.
    And it’s not uncommon for them to bust down the front door and rush into the house and then shoot the first person they see, which in many cases happens to be the police who came in through the back door.
    There is no shortage of horror stories about botched police raids where innocent people are killed by police who are at the wrong address or because they are too stupid to look at what they are doing, or because they shoot first and ask questions later.
    There is a huge deficiency of properly trained officers to be able to execute the huge volume of SWAT raids they are doing these days. And the solution to this is not to train more officers, but to stop conducting this many raids.
    Their intent is to paralyze the masses with fear so they will obey their oppressive government, but our reaction should be to become outraged and demand that they obey the Constitution and stop violating our rights.
    One way or another this is not going to end well.

    • It will end when people start shooting cops in retaliation.

      • Whiskey7Actual

        Don’t be stupid!

    • G’ma G

      SWAT raids are orgasmic for bullies.

  • patriot156

    pfft they ruined this guys house because one homeless guy? WTf what a bunch of ass hats.

  • John C Carleton

    Fight violate criminals, shoot back!

  • Mike

    looks like cali gets to pay for a new home.

    • g.johnon

      not to mention how much it cost the good people of fresno county to have all them asshole cops running around with all their goofy cop shit and helicopters and swat vehicles all decked out to the max in the latest tactical horseshit. gas for a quarter mile of cop vehicles, etc., etc., etc..

      there is a sheriff in cali that needs to be jobless, homeless and awaiting trial.

      and not a fucking corporate maritime court, but a fully constitutional court of WE THE PEOPLE.

  • Howard Beale

    Welcome to the USSA Comrades.

  • doucyet

    They get an unplanned remodel and appliance upgrades! Tell your neighbors to never call the police on your behalf for any reason! They bring a hammer when most often all that’s needed is a flashlight.

  • G’ma G

    Haven’t seen these facts reported. Do you have links? Especially to the setting of man-traps.

  • byebye

    The rabid members of the USA police state have declared homelessness as a crime.
    The Clovis Police Department needs to be dismantled and its rabid members taken out. Snipers, calling all snipers. Do the world a favor and target the Fresno County Sheriff’s and their criminal gang of thieves and murderers, rapists and drug runners. Time has come to eliminate these anti Americans.

  • RMS1911

    Sue everyone involved and their departments.

  • Pat Taylor ╚(ಠ_ಠ)=┐

    because an unarmed homeless man had been found in their closet.

    This response was necessary for 1 HOMELESS PERSON?!

    Really though, isn’t it time for the people of all cities and counties to rescind the authority that has long been usurped by those that pose as servants to the people, when in fact, they serve the state.


  • navre12

    The power elite know that the old 80/20 rule generally applies here. Only 20% of Americans will bother to read or inquire beyond the MSM propaganda machines. The other 80% are “Ok” with just reading/listening to their favorite MSM outlet for information and opinions.

    Of the 20% that learn of these UN-Constitutional activities, only 20% will seriously look at protesting or become politically active in righting these wrongs.

    In the meantime, the MSM will keep on reassuring all of us that it is for our own collective good that we militarize police because at any moment the terrorists that are hiding behind the bushes and rocks in our neighborhoods will, and you can count on it, jump out and kill us all.

    Sadly, the 80% will take solace in believing that in the long run we as Americans will be safer with our militarized Police State.