TX SWAT team beats, deafens nude man in his own home, lies about arrest; judge declines to punish cops or DA

A well-meaning friend of Chad Chadwick called the Missouri City, TX police to say that he was afraid that Chadwick was having emotional difficulties; the cops lied to a judge to say that they had reason to believe Chadwick was heavily armed, then they sent a SWAT-team to his house (where he was asleep in the tub), beat 11 kinds of shit out of him, gave him permanent hearing loss, held him in solitary confinement, fraudulently accused him of resisting arrest, and tried to have him imprisoned -- he was acquitted, but a judge wouldn't punish the cops or the DA, because "There is no freestanding constitutional right to be free from malicious prosecution."

Chadwick was bankrupted by the process of defending himself against the multiple felonies that the DA and the police manufactured to justify the violence. The jury offered him "comforting hugs" when they acquitted him of all charges. The DA involved is Ft. Bend County District Attorney John Heal, the police were from Missouri City, Sugar Land, Stafford and the Ft. Bend County Sheriff's Department, the judge was Gray H Miller.

Chadwick did own a single shotgun, but had threatened no one, not even himself. Chadwick's firearm possession apparently prompted SWAT to kick in his door, launch a stun grenade into the bathroom and storm in, according to Chadwick, without announcing their identity.

"While I had my hands up naked in the shower they shot me with a 40 millimeter non-lethal round," said Chadwick.

A second stun grenade soon followed.

"I turned away, the explosion went off, I opened my eyes the lights are out and here comes a shield with four or five guys behind it. They pinned me against the wall and proceeded to beat the crap out of me," said Chadwick.

That's when officers shot the unarmed Chadwick in the back of the head with a Taser at point blank range.

"They claimed I drew down with a shampoo bottle and a body wash bottle," said Chadwick.

And it wasn't over.

"They grabbed me by my the one hand that was out of the shower and grabbed me by my testicles slammed me on my face on the floor and proceeded to beat me more," said Chadwick.

Ft. Bend Police, Prosecutors Accused of Abuse in SWAT Incident [Greg Groogan/Fox Houston]

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  1. If normal people are more scared of police than (other) criminals, that seems like a pretty good indicator that we live in a "police state." I mean, I'm a middle class white guy with a steady job and no desire to make trouble for anyone, and I'm pretty damn nervous every time I see a cop, and I can't remember the last time I was scared of anyone who's not a cop.

  2. If only the founding fathers had written something into the Constitution that affirmed the right to due process that would make a good counter argument to this judge's assertion about malicious prosecution...

  3. friends do NOT call 5-0 on friends. Police are not family counsellors. they exist to arrest and charge. also? if you read the article? "grabbed me by my testicles slammed me on my face on the floor" is a line I never want to have to say.

  4. dobby says:

    I have had the delight to have worked attached to a police SWAT team callup as a fire paramedic as well as the day to day hanging out police do at fire stations. It gives a unique and probably incomplete view into the very closed US police culture.
    Police ARE as a general rule racist, but not in the classic Nazi racialist or Jim Crow era way people like to imagine, the institutional racism is as carefully hidden as a illegal search, it is racism that stands up to most middle class public scrutiny as well as judicial inquiry, it is also racism which stands up as justified in the mind of even an educated but then institutionally corrupted former member of the community.
    Police racism is not a racial supremacist white thing, they are in my experience universally accepting of the minorities who wear a badge.
    They are also fine and very respectful to known and identified members of the community who could have their jobs terminated whatever their race, though whatever the race even well connected 'civilians' are treated with the suspicion only proper for an outsider.
    Rather police institutional racism is using race to profile economic and societal standing, the color of the skin, the tattoo markings, the condition of the house, clothing, or vehicle; as well as the attitude test are what will make the difference between a respectful interaction or a lethal lead hailstorm in most cases.
    The racism is but one component weighed in the street-smart-cop decision process, it is used for the most part equally by police of all races, and it is camouflaged well enough that they will continue to get away with it for the foreseeable future with full approval of the vast majority of the middle and upper class.

    The police have a monopoly on using violence allegedly as agents of the body of the people so their actions as well as those of the prosecution automatically receive an assumption of action in good faith in all but the most egregious cases, this action in the name of the people immunizes them individually from almost all civil actions as well. They are a privileged class, no matter the race of the individual officer, with a nationwide culture that has evolved to the point that most interactions are engineered to knowingly abuse that assumption of good faith.

  5. No, and this is a pet peeve of mine. "Life and Liberty" are NOT constitutional rights

    Not unless you count the Due Process clause of the Fifth Amendment, which explicitly says that they are:

    No person shall ... be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.

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