Cop Raises Telling Question About No-Knock Raid

I’ve talked to a few Dallas cops about Marisela Villa getting her bail reduced from $1 million to $250,000. Villa’s the woman who shot and injured a SWAT officer during a no-knock raid where officers kicked in the doors and threw flash-bang grenades through the windows, despite the fact there were children present. Most of the officers, out of understandable blue loyalty, aren’t thrilled. But one raised a good point. He asked:

How can anyone claim she knew it was the police when the whole point of a pre-dawn, dynamic entry is to disorient the target?

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17 responses to “Cop Raises Telling Question About No-Knock Raid”

  1. jamesn says:

    Here’s another question: Why does the IRS need to serve a no-knock warrant on anyone much less a private citizen who probably wasn’t making cash angels in her living room at the time of the raid?

  2. Jim says:

    Here’s another question: Why was a 19-year old mother sleeping with her baby (who, incidentily, was later found to have meth in her infant blood) hiding a handgun underneath her pillow? Or why did the house have a closed circuit camera system? Earth to jamesn – this was about cash angels, that’s just how the feds got permission to get through the front door. And as a neighbor, I’m sure glad they did.

  3. Trey Garrison says:

    Meth in her blood? Link, please.

  4. dave little says:

    Let’s all blame Bob Knight and Lance Armstrong.

  5. jamesn says:

    My house has what you’d probably describe as a “closed circuit camera system.” That’s no more probable cause than owning an iPod. As for the gun, the nightstand is probably a better location but possession of a hand gun is also not probable cause. Also, was she really “hiding” it under the pillow, or is that just where the weapon was located? Hiding infers that there was intent to conceal the gun, which there does not appear to be.

    I’m not stating that law enforcement probably didn’t have a good reason to serve a warrant, a judge did sign it after all. I just find it a little odd that the IRS (as opposed to, say, the narco squad) finds it necessary to go busting into someone’s house in the middle of the night with swat. It’s also interesting that the only issue the DMN reported on in the bond hearing was the shooting of the swat officer. If there were some other outstanding issue, I would have either expected it to have been brought up during the hearing, or that it makes the hearing is moot altogether because even if she did make bail, the Feds have a hold on her anyway.

    In other words: the lack of any sort of mention of any other alleged crime makes me very suspicious.

  6. Trey Garrison says:

    Michael, Whitney – thanks

  7. Robert Guest says:

    No Knock Raids are a disaster. America should not have paramillitary raids on private homes to catch tax cheats.

    The home invasion searches are dangerous for the police and the residents.(Kathryn Johnson, Lima, Ohio anyone?)

    What is more important?- Ending the death and violence from home invasion searches, or catching tax cheats?

  8. JB says:

    Wait, how did the SWAT team and the Judge know there was meth in her blood when they got the warrant before they kicked in the door? Or did she just happen to be driving through one of the Collin County or Arlington vampire/roadblocks just prior to the raid? I am confused. Is “the ends justifies the means” a valid legal argument?

  9. Daniel says:

    Yeah, exactly, JB. Earth to Jim.

  10. Rawlins says:

    Well, the infant was breast feeding so it undoubtedly tested positive for salsa and Doritos and KFC, all of which were said to be in Villa’s residence.

  11. fruitdog says:

    Wow, why don’t you bust out some more stereotypes while your at it? Maybe you want to throw beans in there as well?

  12. dave little says:

    he’s just being magniloquent

  13. JB says:

    IJS Obviously this woman was bad and probably guilty of a lot of things. Surely she needed to be off the street with CPS in custody of the child. It just seems that if the Feds, Swat, and IRS are going to go through the risk and expense of raiding the house like this they could have found a more sure fire way of incarcerating her. Maybe even on a “routine” traffic stop or something. As it is, it looks like any public defender who just graduated from El Centro will be able to get her off, only for the justice system to have to go through the risk all over again in the future.
    But I also have to say, IRS + Deadly Force = Scary as all Hell.

  14. Daniel says:

    No disrespect to the cop’s family, but what the hell did he expect? To be offered coffee?

  15. MLS says:

    Did yall ever stop to think they weren’t coming after her. She wasn’t even brought up when it came to the warrant they were serving.