War Comes Home

During a drill, SWAT team members prepare to secure a ship in Bainbridge Island, Washington. (photo: Elaine Thompson/AP)

During a drill, SWAT team members prepare to secure a ship in Bainbridge Island, Washington. (photo: Elaine Thompson/AP)

This is a long report on the militarization of police and the effect it is having on our country.-OEN

Jose Guerena, a 26-year-old Iraq war veteran, returned home and crawled into bed after working the
graveyard shift at the Asarco Mission mine. Around 9:30am, his wife became nervous when she heard
strange noises and saw the outline of a man standing outside her window. She woke Guerena, who asked his wife to hide in a closet with their 4-year-old son. Guerena picked up his rifle, with the safety on, and went to investigate. A SWAT team fired 71 shots at Guerena, 22 of which entered his body and killed him. Guerena died on his kitchen floor, without medical attention. The SWAT officers raided multiple homes in the neighborhood,and in another home they did find a small bag of marijuana. No drugs were found in the Guerenas’ home

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