Wanna Nurse a Baby Deer Back to Health? Then Prepare for a SWAT Raid
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.