FBI ‘No Knock, No Warrant’ Raid On Activists During RNC

On the morning of the third day of the Republican National Convention several activists were the victims of a no-knock, warrantless house raid conducted by the FBI, DHS, and local police.
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    Police block off a protest at the 2016 Republican National Convention. July 19, 2016. (MintPress News / Desiree Kane)

    Police block off a protest at the 2016 Republican National Convention. July 19, 2016. (MintPress News / Desiree Kane)

    Despite months of media coverage promising some of the most violent and chaotic protests at the Republican National Convention, the political circus came and went with very little fanfare. The numbers of protesters were drastically lower than the numbers put forth by organizers and the deadstream media.

    Aside from a few arrests for the legal act of burning the American flag there was not much dramatics and in reality, the $50 million “security grant” used to increase security around the city of Cleveland was largely wasted. The majority of the cops were left standing around wondering why the heck they were following around a handful of mostly peaceful protesters. However, there was one incident involving federal and local law enforcement blatantly violating the rights of activists who were in town for the Republican National Convention.

    On Wednesday morning,  activists (some who claim association with Anonymous or identify as Anarchists) had guns pulled on them before they were forced out of their beds and into the streets to be questioned by agents of the federal government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Elyria police illegally entered the home of a local resident who was hosting visiting out of town activists. Cleveland.com reported:

    FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson said law enforcement went to the house Wednesday morning because those inside were suspected of causing issues this week in Public Square in downtown Cleveland. Namely, agents believe the group threw bottles of urine at police officers, Anderson said.A spokesman for Elyria police also confirmed that its officers joined the FBI at the Lake Avenue house shortly after 7:40 a.m. He did not have any further details.

    Anderson also told Cleveland.com that the officers did not put guns in the protesters faces and did not enter the house. However, this statement is contradicted by two videos captured by activist Rod Webber who was inside the house at the time of the raid.

    The videos clearly shows a police officer yelling at one of the protesters, “get out of the bed. I’m not going to tell you again, or I’m going to come get you out of bed. Come on, you know what’s going on. Get out here.” The officers take the protesters outside of the house before questioning them about whether or not they had thrown bottles of urine and feces at police officers the day before.

    “The Ohio NLG condemns warrantless raids without consent as unlawful police conduct,” Jacqueline Greene, an organizer with the Ohio National Lawyers Guild, told Cleveland.com.

    Activist Post spoke with activist Brittany Om about her experience being woken up by the FBI with a gun in her face.”It was 8:00-ish am and they didn’t knock, one officer came in with his gun already drawn and went back to our bedroom by himself to get us. They didn’t ask any questions except if we knew some people and they read off names but we didn’t know any of them. Then they said they’ve been watching us for a few days and if we didn’t want to see them again that we will stay away from the RNC.”

    Activist Post reporter Derrick Broze spoke with Rod Webber (aka The Flower Guy) about the raid as well. Webber was inside the house when the raid began and made the decision to record the incident from two different cameras.

    The RNC may not have been the clash of protesters and police that some may have hoped or promoted but the raid by the FBI does in fact show that the American Police State lives. In times of great fear and paranoia the authorities will use whatever justification they can muster to force their way and intimidate those who seek to expose them. In the end we only have the “rights” we are willing to stand up and fight to preserve.


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      • Angl0sax0nknight .

        Being a conservative I abhor this type of UNCOBSTITUTIONAL police action. The people should file civil right violation against the local police and the FBI! I don’t care if it was the RNC these people have every right to protest as long as it was not violating others rights. These people shouldn’t have answered any questions! Should have ask 1 question, do you have a warrant? No! talk to my lawyer!

      • Tim Rafferty

        You have obligation beyond ID and that’s it

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      • Krishna E. Bera

        why are they talking to the police? give name and age, demand to call a lawyer, then say nothing.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wXkI4t7nuc

        • GALT

          Clearly they believe that the “police”…..protect and serve…..and
          they have “nothing to hide”.

          Most “children” could become “doctors and lawyers” by the time they
          graduate high school…..and they could continue to “practice” these
          “arts”……and hopefully improve their “moral” understanding of them
          as they get “older” and “wiser”.

          Now if only there were “teachers” with the ability to “educate” them?

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      • tapatio

        When the Constitutional Rights of the American People mean nothing to Washington, the American People MUST seriously consider this……………….

        “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to ALTER or to ABOLISH it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

        • Snowden Mathews Jr.

          Any moron that uses Che as an avatar has lost all credibility before he writes a word. Che would have gladly beaten your grand parents to death with a baseball bat and made you watch. You tapatio are an idiot.

          • tapatio

            Look up the meaning of “ESAD” and then do exactly that.

          • Angl0sax0nknight .

            Yes Che was a communist that brutally murder thousands of men women and children! Only a ignorant person would use the image of such a blood thirsty savage!

      • Texans are great people, I don’t understand what’s happening in Texas.

        • tapatio

          Now, that there……….that’s funny.

          • GALT

            Yes, it are…..in fact it’s absolutely hilarious.

            • tapatio

              :<))

      • tapatio

        The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers,
        and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be
        violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause,
        supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place
        to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

        • Harold Sanders

          Che was a racist and a bigot, that murdered gays and despised blacks, when he wasn’t reveling in the smell of blood from the people that he killed. A true symbol of the progressives…..Even a simple google will tell you that about him.

          • tapatio

            Hey, lard-a$$, how does someone as fat as you jump Ginger’s bones? When you use your own name and an easily identifiable photo, it’s a REALLY BAD IDEA to vomit up gratuitous stupidity simply because you have nothing valid to say.

            Somebody might turn that chihuahua into a taco.

            • Harold Sanders

              Personal threats are the best you can come up with when someone points out simple facts? Does the truth hurt? Hey keyboard warrior — I’m calling you out for the coward you are. How far do you want to take it when you’re butthurt over HISTORICAL FACTS? You must be such an insignificant cry baby to have to make personal attacks and threats over common knowledge FACTS.

            • Angl0sax0nknight .

              Your personal insults show that you are immature and can not refute anything that is being said.

              • tapatio

                Since Che Guevara was a Latin American freedom fighter and is revered throughout Cuba, Central America and South America and I have read quite a bit about him, you are the infantile fool.

                Che supervised the trials and punishments of finca owners who controlled slave labor for the benefit of US corporations and committed a great variety of crimes against humanity. Every one of those chums of Batista deserved what he got. It’s sad that so many of those criminals were/are protected by the US.

                Che Guevara also adapted the Chinese “Barefoot Doctor” program for Cuba and that program has trained many thousands of medical personnel who have saved hundreds of thousands of lives…………..ALL thanks to Doctor Guevara.

                The CIA was so terrified of Che Guevara that it spent a fortune on finding him and shooting him in the back.

                I would suggest that you stick to posting on Breitbart or some other neocon site, where you and other idiots can pretend that you are “peers” of the oligarchy.

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