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SWAT Team Sued for “Terrorizing” Family at Gunpoint

Matt Liponoga
The Free Patriot
July 30th, 2013
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The Pittsburgh police department is under fire by a Pennsylvania family that has filed a lawsuit against them for what the family is claiming an attack against their constitutional rights. The family claims more than two dozen SWAT team members raided their home and terrorized their two children in retaliation against the father of the family from a previous incident.

In 2010 at a local bar, Michael Murray, an off-duty police officer, was trying to help remove a customer from the establishment. At that time a fight broke out and William Moreno, the family’s father, ended up throwing the officer to the ground. Murray ended up being knocked unconscious, his leg broken, and tooth chipped. Moreno, who would later be convicted of aggravated assault in 2012, left the bar to return home to his family.

Less than 24 hours after the bar fight occurred a team of at least 23 officers dressed in full SWAT gear detonated flash grenades at the Moreno family’s door and forced their way into the Murray’s house. The officers had a warrant and sought to arrest William Moreno, however a lawsuit has been filed and they are accused of putting his family through 45 minutes of “terrorization” in the process.

The SWAT team allegedly handcuffed Moreno, his wife Georgeia, Georgeia’s stepfather, and Georgeia’s adult son Billy. In court, Georgeia said that Billy was forced to lie on broken glass. She recalled pleading with officers, telling them there were young children upstairs.

Then they threw us all on the ground and were handcuffing us, kicking us, screaming,” Georgeia Moreno told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “They had rifles pointed at our heads.”

At one point, the officers were so rough with the stepfather’s surgically repaired arm that the altercation necessitated another surgery.

You think you can get one of ours, and we won’t get one of yours?” the officers are accused of saying.

They just ransacked the house,” said Tim O’Brien, the family’s attorney. “Everything was done wrong. Everything they did was in complete disregard of the Constitution.”

According to the lawsuit, police also violently dragged Georgeia’s 10-year-old son from the bathtub, injuring his ankles. Officers reportedly humiliated the boy by forcing him to stand naked next to his four-year-old sister at gunpoint.

Officers have continued to harass and threaten the family since the raid, telling them “That’s how we do things here” and that they should move out of Pittsburgh,” the complaint reads.

Although Moreno was in the wrong for the assault against a police officer, the family claims their retaliation went way too far. The family is seeking $50,000 in damages, claiming the SWAT raid was in breach of their Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. US District Judge Nora Barry Fischer refused to dismiss the case earlier this week, citing inconsistencies in officers’ explanations.

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  • KooKoo4cocopuffs

    The courts will correct the families “misunderstanding” and show them that the SWAT was just there for their protection and safety. Shortly after a bank will swoop in and repossess everything they own because of a faultly GPBS. The family will be forced to hitchhick to get to the bank and will get a ride with some polish trucker hauling guns for the US government and they will all disappear — FORZEVERZ !!! Damn where did my Twinkie go?

    • Cnsay

      And koolaid to wash them down. Only 50,000 is all they’re after?

  • RickE.

    The cop got his ass whipped and now it’s time for the cops to get even. The justice system wasn’t enough for the thug gang in blue!

  • RedRex

    This happens everyday,multiple times a day across this country. Might as well get use to it, you live in a police state now ,, so behave or you’ll be next !!!

  • http://www.none arizona

    GETTING EVEN ain’t enough ? OH no its not ,YOUR DEATH is all that will make them happy, cause then they get everything you ever worked for,THATS WHAT THEIR after and all the politically correct americans will love there death in obamas fema death camps,cause their GOOD LAW ABIDING CITIZENS…………

    • Andy

      I don’t plan on going to a death camp,if there is an insurrection I will join,if they come to confiscate my weapons first,I will die here at my home a free man whilst I take some the communists with me,and watch them go to hell!Be prepared and ready.Keep your powder dry.

  • charlie tango

    Lets get good at suing the men who acted ultra vires and damaged our property.

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