Monday, November 28, 2011

Nail In The Coffin

Of the conspiracy theory in the shooting of Jose Guerena. In what was to be a hit piece on the Pima County Sheriff's Office instead puts to rest the myth that Guerena was some innocent mistakenly killed.

Yahoo News AP November 27, 2011 Amanda Lee Myers

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Jose Guerena Ortiz was sleeping after an exhausting 12-hour night shift at a copper mine. His wife, Vanessa, had begun breakfast. Their 4-year-old son, Joel, asked to watch cartoons.

An ordinary morning was unfolding in the middle-class Tucson neighborhood — until an armored vehicle pulled into the family's driveway and men wearing heavy body armor and helmets climbed out, weapons ready.

Quite a dramatic intro the Guerena shooting. But the real fireworks follow:

They were a sheriff's department SWAT team who had come to execute a search warrant. But Vanessa Guerena insisted she had no idea, when she heard a "boom" and saw a dark-suited man pass by a window, that it was police outside her home. She shook her husband awake and told him someone was firing a gun outside.

A dark-suited man...are we talking a Man in Black here? We don't know, but what we do know is that the police officers and sheriff's deputies at Guerena household that day were not "dark-suited." They were wearing standard tactical uniform for law enforcement in the area, a light olive drab, closer to a light or medium green. Nothing of that uniform says "dark-suited."

Also of interest is the "boom." What boom. Go to the video. The closest thing to a "boom" is the sound the ram made on the Guerena front door. A noise that was preceeded by a siren from a police car, an announcement from the SWAT team that it was the "Police" with a "Search Warrant." None of that sounds like a "boom." But what it does sound like is the last nail in the coffin of the Guerena myth.

But just in case that was enough, here the nail in the coffin of Guerena "model citizen" myth:

A shotgun found in the home was reported stolen in Tucson in 2008.

In the affidavit, sheriff's Detective Alex Tisch laid out the case against Guerena's family. It details two instances of drug seizures, one in April 2009 in which Jose Guerena was found in a home with other people who had just dropped off 1,000 pounds of marijuana at a separate residence, and another in October 2009 in which a man who had met with Guerena's brother was found with drugs and weapons.

How does an innocent man become involved in two drug seizures. Hardly the behavior of a upstanding former Marine and hard working family man.

It looks like Jose Guerena is just another Erik Scott. Remember kids, drugs kill and the life lost might be your own.

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