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Draw your own conclusions from these two cases involving cop killings in TX.

No Knock Raids Extremely Dangerous For Police

SOMERVILLE, TX– Last December, Henry Goedrich Magee was sleeping peacefully with his pregnant girlfriend when authorities entered his home in a “no-knock” raid around 6 a.m. With no warning, or search warrant, police swarmed Magee’s home searching for marijuana and guns. Magee believed the police were thieves and reached for his gun, which he legally owned. He opened fire and shot Sgt. Adam Sowders, who died at the scene.

  The raid turned up a small number of marijuana plants and seedlings, as well as Magee’s legal guns.

A grand jury decided on Wednesday that the incident could have happened to any homeowner in a similar situation, and declined to indict Magee for capital murder. “He did what a lot of people would have done,” said Magee’s attorney Dick DeGuerin. ‘He defended himself and his girlfriend and his home.’ Magee was indicted for possession of marijuana while in possession of a deadly weapon, which is a third degree felony.

This case breaks new ground in Texas. Magee’s attorney, who has been practicing law for many years, couldn’t recall an incident where a grand jury refused to charge a defendant in the death of an officer.

DeGuerin said sheriff’s deputies did not knock on the door or announce who they were when they entered the home, but Julie Renken, the district attorney for Burleson County, disagrees.

“I believe the evidence…shows that an announcement was made,” Renken said. “However, there is not enough evidence that Mr. Magee knew that day that Peace Officers were entering his home.” The police weren’t wearing body cameras during the raid.

Magee is still in custody for his marijuana possession charge, but will soon be released on bond.

KILLEEN, TX — A police officer suffered fatal injuries while performing a pre-dawn no-knock raid on a local residence to  search  for drugs.  Several officers were shot by a resident as they tried to enter an apartment through a ground-level window under the cover of darkness. Detective Charles "Chuck" Dinwiddie of Killeen, Texas, was shot in the face while trying to break into a window at 5:30 a.m.
Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie of Killeen, Texas, was shot in the face while trying to break into a window at 5:30 a.m.
Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie, an 18-year veteran of the department — died two days after being shot on Friday morning.  Approximately 5:30 a.m. on May 9th, the Killeen Police Department sent its SWAT team to execute a surprise raid on a middle-aged couple because they allegedly possessed substances without government permission.

Dinwiddie and several other SWAT agents snuck up to a window and tried to breach it to gain entry.  The commotion caused one of residents to fire on the unidentified intruders, and Dinwiddie was struck in the face.  Three others were shot; 2 were shot in the armor and 1 was shot in the thigh.

The warrant was drafted by the Bell County Organized Crime Unit and signed by Judge Mark Kimball, who authorized the “no-knock” entry.

According to the KPD press release:

On Friday May 9, 2014, just after 5:30am, members of the Killeen Police Department Tactical Response Unit and the Bell Organized Crime Unit were attempting to serve a narcotics search warrant. The TRU was beginning to breach the window when the 49 year old male inside, opened fire striking four officers.

Marvin Louis Guy, age 50, is being held in the Killeen City Jail on a $3 million bond.  His charges include 3 counts of attempted capital murder.  He has not yet been charged with Dinwiddie’s death.

It is unclear how Mr. Guy could have reasonably made the differentiation, with a split-second’s notice, between police officers and criminal home invaders breaking into his window. Marvin Lewis Guy has been charged with 3 counts of attempted capital murder.
Marvin Lewis Guy has been charged with 3 counts of attempted capital murder.
Police spent 12 hours combing the house for evidence of drugs.   No drugs were listed on the evidence sheet.  They did seize a laptop, a safe, a pistol, and a glass pipe, according to documents obtained by KWTX.

Officer Dinwiddie left behind two children and a devastated community.  He was said to have once recovered a couple’s stolen wedding rings.  Yet the cause that he laid down his life for was to stop people from getting high.  That should give pause to even the most hardened supporters of the War on Drugs.

Is it worth risking one’s life to take narcotics out of the hands of eager users?  Is this a cause that decent people can continue to support in light of all the innocents killed in the process?  Furthermore, are these no-knock raids, which pit police officers against drowsy citizens in the most dangerous manner possible, a responsible tactic of law enforcement?

If people truly value the lives of police officers, they will stop carelessly throwing their lives away by sending them on misguided missions using irresponsible tactics.   There is no reason Officer Dinwiddie had to die, because there was no reason for police to show up at that home in the first place.

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Comment by rashid rourk on July 2, 2014 at 10:44pm

There is a separate set of laws for us, I hope the lawyer who got the Caucasian off will assist in his case or another good lawyer  takes on his case.

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