Oathkeeper President Stewart Rhodes Refused To Call Out Pima County Sheriffs Deputies In Death Of Marine Iraq Vet

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Stewart Rhodes the founder of Oathkeepers is controlled opposition

On Memorial Day, May 2, 2011 Stewart Rhodes the founder of Oathkeepers along with another Oathkeeper leader Sheriff Richard Mack held a rally for Jose Guerena, a U.S. Marine and Iraq Vet who was murdered (shot at least 60 times) by members of the Pima County Swat Team who murdered Jose Guerena: and he refuses to condemn or criticize them and mentions he has family members in that Sheriffs Dept.

Why is this story relevant after 9 years? The excuse that those who violate our rights are just following orders is unacceptable. Which is exactly what Steward Rhodes said about the swat team who kill a Marine Vet shot 60 times. It was not accepted as a legitimate defense in the Nuremberg Trials and and should not be accepted today. Case closed!

During rally, Rhodes said, “I want to make it very clear we are not here to criticize,condemn or persecute the individual deputies on Pima County Sheriff’s Dept.”

The following information is not an attack on the many fine members of Oathkeepers. It is to simply point out that its leader has and is speaking from both sides of his mouth and falls short of taking a hard core stand against the growing police state. Is Stewart Rhodes a Oathkeeper or Gatekeeper?

Note: At the 4 min and 50 sec mark in the video below you will see and hear what Stewart Rhodes has to say about the Police who murdered Jose Guerena: as he refuses to condemn or criticize them and mentions he has family members in that Sheriffs Dept.

I want to make it very clear we are not here to criticize,condemn or persecute the individual deputies on Pima County Sheriff’s Dept.

Unlike Stewart Rhodes, I will go on record and openly condemn, ridicule and persecute the Pima County Sheriff Dept. Patriots who claim to be so much about freedom and how it’s on the march, seem to want anything but freedom! If they come for our freedom we must strike back with vengeance that will stun them! If your anger and outrage are not on the forefront then you are already dead, at least to me anyway.

Stewart Rhodes however stated at his rally that

I want to make it very clear we are not here to criticize,condemn or persecute the individual deputies on Pima County Sheriff’s Dept.

Really Stewart? Why not? Why do you seem unwilling to criticize, condemn or persecute the individual deputies who clearly violated Jose’s rights?

Rhodes goes on to talk about how his Uncle has served for over 25 years with the Pima County Sheriff Dept. Stewart, what the Hell does that have to do with the unwarranted shooting of Jose? And how is it relevant that your uncle served with those vile murderous jack-booted thugs?

The founder of Oathkeepers goes on with more rhetoric, and says its not about this, its about the Constitution and Declaration Of Independence. Well Stewart, if you really feel that way then why do you refuse to criticize, condemn or persecute the individual deputies responsible that clearly violated their Oath by destroying Jose’s rights?

Rhodes attacks departmental policies but won’t attack those who have the blood of a U.S. Marine and Iraq vet on their hands.

It is to be noted that the Pima County Sheriffs Department initially lied and claimed Guerena fired his weapon at the SWAT team. They later acknowledged that not only did he not fire, but the safety on his gun was still activated when he was killed. Guerena had no prior criminal record, and the police found nothing illegal in his home. After ushering out his wife and son, the police refused to allow paramedics to access Guerena for more than hour, leaving the young father to bleed to death, alone, in his own home.

So if Stewart Rhodes claims to be about the Constitution why does he still refuse to criticize, condemn or persecute the individual deputies on the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, who robbed Jose of his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?

Note: The deputies responsible for this heinous murder have since been cleared of all charges. Rhodes where the Hell are you?

Here is the helmet video cam from the officers as they murder Jose Guerena video of the raid shows roughly 38 seconds expired from the time the police briefly sounded a siren upon pulling into Guerena’s driveway until they shot him.

Jose Guerena was a U.S. Marine veteran who served in the Iraq War and was killed in his TucsonArizona, home, on May 5, 2011, by deputies of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team, while they were executing a warrant to search his home in relation to an investigation into illegal marijuana smuggling from Mexico.

The shooting garnered national attention and generated significant debate on the subject of the militarization of police, because of the following facts of the case: after the shooting, no evidence of illegal activity or any illegal items were found at the residence, his wife and 4-year-old child were present and hiding from the unknown (to them) intruders at the time the warrant was served and were inside when police opened fire, 71 shots were fired by police, while Jose’s weapon was found with its safety still engaged, his prior military service, lack of any criminal convictions, and the change in statements of events given by police as to what transpired at the scene.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

In September 2013, the four police agencies involved agreed to pay Guerena’s wife and children $3.4 million as a settlement, without admitting wrongdoing in their killing of Guerena

Incident

Asleep after returning from a 12-hour overnight shift at the ASARCO Mission mine, Guerena was awakened about 9:30 am by his wife who heard noises outside their house, later identified as flash/bang grenades deployed by police in the back yard as a diversion.[9] He instructed his wife and 4-year-old son to hide inside a closet while he grabbed his AR-15 rifle and crouched down preparing to defend himself from the unidentified people breaking and entering into his home. The Sheriff’s Department initially claimed that Guerena had fired on officers; at least three of the SWAT members including the team commander reported in their post-operation debriefings that they had observed muzzle flashes aimed at them from inside the house.[10] After an examination of the rifle Guerena allegedly pointed at the officers however, it was determined that the rifle had not been fired; the safety was still engaged. Other officers claimed they saw splinters from the doorjamb being hit by bullets; the shots that caused this were determined to come from other members of the SWAT team themselves.[11] “There were five officers at the door beginning to make entry into this home, when they engaged this individual that they believed was actually firing at them.”[12] Other versions of this story claim that officers started shooting after Guerena pointed the gun at them, though under questioning they were initially unsure whether he had actually moved to target them.[10] 

video of the raid shows roughly 38 seconds expired from the time the police briefly sounded a siren upon pulling into Guerena’s driveway until they shot him.

[13][5] At this point the five person team fired at least 71 rounds at Guerena in less than seven seconds, who died after being hit 22 times.[14][15]

Guerena’s wife called 911 to request medical assistance for her husband shortly after the shooting. Paramedics, however, were instructed to hold back. Guerena was denied attention, for about one hour, until the team declared the “area secured”. Ambulance crews were then notified they were no longer needed, one hour and fourteen minutes after Guerena’s wife’s call to 911.[14][16] An official autopsy report was released on 6 June. It confirmed that Guerena had been shot 22 times, including one grazing shot to the head. No drugs were found in his system. The medical examiner expressed doubts that medics could have saved Guerena, even if they had reached him quickly. The report also notes that the body showed “no evidence of medical intervention”.[17]

The former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Anthony Schiessl was asked to review a video from the raid. Schiessl has seven years of experience as an Army Combat Engineer, including three deployments to Iraq. Schiessl said the raid was “amateur, undisciplined, unrehearsed and ineffective.” He was then asked if Guerena could have known they were cops raiding the house, he replied “Not plausible at all. The short siren burst could have been a police car passing. The flash bang grenades being used next door would have added to the confusion. When looking out a sunlit doorway from a dark hallway, it is difficult to see anything but a silhouette. Add in several people yelling, and it would be extremely difficult to comprehend what is happening if you’re woken from sleep.”[18]

Guerena had no history of criminal convictions

Guerena’s widow states that she had no knowledge that the man she saw pointing a gun at her through the window was a police officer, and thought that he was part of a home invasion group. She has stated that two members of her sister-in-law’s family were killed previously in a home invasion.[24] As of May 2011, that case, in which Cynthia and Manny Orozco were killed and their 2-year-old daughter seriously injured, remains unsolved.[25]

Upon request of Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, a judge sealed the search warrants as well as the documents showing what items were seized from the home. Dupnik stated this was to protect the identity of a confidential informant and criticized the press for wanting to know the details of the case.[11][26] On June 2, 2011 the Pima County Superior Court released the warrants and other information related to the raid, but redacted some material to protect the identity of a confidential informant.[21]

Days after the shooting, the family retained Tucson attorney Christopher Scileppi.[27] Scileppi was critical of the investigation leading up to the requesting of a search warrant, claiming that probable cause did not exist as to Jose Guerena.[28] Scileppi was also critical of the militarization of law enforcement and claimed that they were negligent in executing the warrant.[29]

Lawsuit

On August 12, 2011 it was announced that the family of Jose Guerena filed an intention to sue Pima County Sheriff Dupnik, and all the officers who shot Guerena or were part of the raid, offering to settle for $20 million. The lawsuit cites that the officers acted with negligence when they failed to announce themselves and put Guerena’s wife and son in danger, and willingly deprived Guerena of medical attention after he was shot, leading to his death, and violated his civil rights. Christopher Scileppi and Pat Broom, Tucson attorneys, were hired to represent the family.[24][38] Scileppi says the lawsuit is meant to hold those accountable for Guerena’s death and send a message to officers who have unlawfully killed citizens, as well as to clear Jose Guerena’s name. The lawyer for the officers, however, said[citation needed] that the lawsuit is only to cause more “hysteria” and the amount is excessive since the officers had already been cleared of wrongdoing, while also admitting that, had officers been peacefully allowed into the home, everyone inside “probably … wouldn’t have been arrested.”[39]

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