SWAT Team Raids Home To Recover Student Loan [Updated: Or Not]
from the pay-up dept
Chuck Norris’ Enemy (deceased) was the first of a few of you to write in about the rather insane case of a SWAT team raiding a home over an unpaid student loan. Update: As lots of folks have been pointing out, the original story has now been updated to say it wasn’t a student loan, but rather a larger criminal investigation… Still seems odd that it went down the way that it did, but we’ll do a strikethrough on the post.
There have been so many stories lately of misuse of SWAT teams, but this one takes it to a new level. In this case, it was even more ridiculous, because the woman who hadn’t paid her loans had left her family and no longer even lived at the residence that the SWAT team kicked down the door and raided. But, really, let’s take a step back and ask the basic question:
Why is a SWAT team involved in a student loan recovery effort?
It appears that the Department of Education was seeking the woman to get the loan repaid, and somewhere along the way someone (who?!?) thought that this required a SWAT team to break down the door of this guy’s house at 6am in the morning, drag him into his yard, then shove him and his three kids into a police car for a few hours while they searched his house.
I tend to find claims that we’re in “a police state” a bit overwrought and excessive, but when you hear stories like this, it really makes you wonder.