In a normal world when you owe a creditor money, you might get hassled with phone calls, you might get served with court papers, you might get sent to a collection agency or you might have your wages garnished. Our government no longer operates in a normal world, however, and now they send full scale S.W.A.T teams crashing through the front door over unpaid student loans.
The U.S. Department of Education recently flexed its muscles against an American citizen by blasting through the front door with a S.W.A.T. team, pulling a father and his children out into a patrol car where they sat for hours on end waiting to find out why they had been dragged through this nightmare.
Come to find out the guy’s wife had defaulted on student loans and the police force busted into the house looking for her. You read that right, the S.W.A.T. team blasted through the front door, seeking a woman who owed money on student loans.
News link has changed… see update at the bottom of this post.
STOCKTON, CAÂ - Kenneth Wright does not have a criminal record and he had no reason to believe a S.W.A.T team would be breaking down his door at 6Â a.m. onÂ Tuesday.
“I look out of my window and I see 15 police officers,” Wright said.
Wright came downstairs in his boxer shorts as a S.W.A.T team barged through his front door. Wright said an officer grabbed him by the neck and led him outside on his front lawn.
“He had his knee on my back and I had no idea why they were there,” Wright said.
According to Wright, officers also woke his three young children ages 3, 7, and 11 and put them in a Stockton police patrol car with him. Officers then searched his house.
It’s a story almost impossible to believe. Yet, the Department of Education admits the event took place and says it did authorize the home invasion.
According to the Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General, the case can’t be discussed publicly until it is closed, but a spokesperson did confirm that the department did issue the search warrant at Wright’s home.
Land of the free and home of the brave?
UPDATE: News 10 removed the original story and replaced it with a new one located here. The key change is that it wasn’t an official S.W.A.T. team that crashed through the front door, it was instead the federal Office of the Inspector General.
Which in and of itself is even more troubling. Now feds can come busting through the door over something like this? Through the door of a home that the woman didn’t even live in? And they can arrest the dude and his kids without having to explain any reason for doing so?