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August 1, 2013 - 11:12 am

So, this happened in Wisconsin.

Two weeks ago, Schulze was working in the barn at the Society of St. Francis on the Kenosha-Illinois border when a swarm of squad cars arrived and officers unloaded with a search warrant.

“(There were) nine DNR agents and four deputy sheriffs, and they were all armed to the teeth,” Schulze said.

Why were 13 armed officers there? Was the place a notorious meth lab, or did someone Google pressure cookers and backpacks from its computers? No. There’s no indication that anyone at the shelter even had a BB gun.

The focus of their search was a baby fawn brought there by an Illinois family worried she had been abandoned by her mother.

They named the deer “Giggles” because when it made sounds, it sounded like laughter. Which, obviously, means it was an imminent threat to peace and safety.

The SWAT-style raid was prompted by a couple of cowardly anonymous callers who tipped the WI Department of Natural Resources that the no-kill shelter just might be harboring a baby deer.

Because baby deer grow up to be international terrorists, or something.

It was to go to a wildlife reserve in Illinois that allows the rehabilitation of deer. Schulze said agents corralled workers near the picnic area and then set out in search of the fawn.

“I was thinking in my mind they were going to take the deer and take it to a wildlife shelter, and here they come carrying the baby deer over their shoulder. She was in a body bag,” Schulze said. “I said, ‘Why did you do that?’ He said, ‘That’s our policy,’ and I said, ‘That’s one hell of a policy.’”

You can probably see where this is going. The cops totally think the raid was proportional and right.

“Could you have made a phone call before showing up, I mean, that’s a lot of resources,” WISN 12 News investigative reporter Colleen Henry asked.

“If a sheriff’s department is going in to do a search warrant on a drug bust, they don’t call them and ask them to voluntarily surrender their marijuana or whatever drug that they have before they show up,” Niemeyer said.

Yeah, but this wasn’t a drug raid. It was a baby deer raid.

And after taking the baby deer by force while treating the shelter’s staff worse than the average border-hopping, people-smuggling coyote, the cops killed it.

They killed Giggles. The only surprise is that they didn’t kill it with a drone aircraft.

Everyone involved in this raid ought to be fired. Obviously. They can’t be trusted with any level of power.

As the days pass, I have to say that it feels less like I’m engaged in political debates than I’m just chronicling the occupying government’s ever tightening grip on what was once a free people.

 

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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They needed to practice... everything from suiting up to neutralizing innocent beings to "deploying" body bags.

The darkness comes.
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
That is completely disturbing. I would hope there is more to the story than that. Our DNR in Missouri can do some pretty stupid stuff too. One would have to wonder why this was that important to those agents or who ordered this 'invasion". As the one staffer was quoted: that's a lot of resources for that. All very confusing.
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
As I am sure you know people around the Hill Country have, from time to time, established near pet status with deer.

It would be very... messy for a SWAT team to take on such people. And their kin. And their neighbors.

Cops should learn when a knock on the door and a polite attitude preserves their lives.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
When will we hear from PETA?

Oh, that's right, they KILL animals too!
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
Using a SWAT raid and killing the deer were stupid, or at least I'll say so until there's a good explanation offered.
However...
The shelter should have a protocol to report wild animals brought to them. There are excellent reasons for leaving wild animals where you find them and excellent reasons for placing wild animals at appropriate facilities. It sounds like this facility was geared to companion animals rather than wildlife and wildlife need different kinds of care.
The whole thing could have been handled a lot better, yes, and most of the blame goes to DNR's game officers.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
If you read the entire article, you learn that the shelter staff had already made arrangements to take the fawn to a wild-animal facility in Illinois. It was just going to take the Illinois shelter a couple of days to come get it. For whatever reason, that was just too much time for the cops' peace of mind. Who knows what kind of shenanigans that deer could have got into in two days?
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
I love animals; that's why I kill 'em!
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
On another site, there's a reference to "dessert animals" -- possibly misused word, possibly Freudian...
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
But we don't need the 2nd Amendment because our public servants will never, ever abuse us.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
They were probably recalculating their 2013 expenditures and realized they were under budget. You know, use it or lose it. “I got it! Let’s swat an animal shelter!”
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
Silly season.
37 weeks ago
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