Leo Lech of Greenwood Village, Colorado had his home invaded by a gunman, but it was the police response that traumatized Lech, his son, and his 9-year-old grandson.
In one of the most extreme examples of why militarization of police departments and of cops overreacting, a house in the Denver suburb was blown to pieces after a SWAT team (yes, a SWAT team) was dispatched to try to find an alleged shoplifter – and it wasn’t even the alleged shoplifter’s home.
The SWAT team and police were trying to capture 33-year-old Robert Jonathan Seacat, who was accused of shoplifting and had allegedly barged into a random home, which belonged to Lech on Wednesday. He was armed and opened fire on the police.
The 9-year-old boy was inside and fortunately he wasn’t hurt, but his bedroom now has holes instead of walls and windows. The house is almost down to its studs. Lech described it as looking like Osama bin Laden’s compound.
Granted, the alleged shoplifter had stolen a car, had narcotics on his person and had fired at police from the garage, but police responded with over 100 officers, including the SWAT team.
Not only did police use guns, they used chemical agents, flash-bang grenades and a breaching ram.
Lech had bought the home for his son and grandson. He estimated that his home incurred about $250,000 in damages.
“There are holes just like this one all through the back of the house too,” Lech said. “They methodically fired explosives into every room in this house in order to extract one person. Granted, he had a handgun, but against 100 officers? You know, the proper thing to do would be to evacuate these homes around here, ensure the safety of the homeowners around here, fire some tear gas through the windows. If that didn’t work, you have 50 SWAT officers with body armor break down the door.”
“This is an abomination,” he said. “This is an atrocity. To use this kind of force against one gunman.”
Source: The Denver Channel
Lech estimates that if it had been done his way, the damage would probably have been around $10,000. Instead, he may have to tear it down and his son and family are homeless. Lech’s son does not have rental insurance, and the city says it’s not responsible.
Fox 31 contacted the city and the city manager’s assistant said that they have contacted the city’s insurance company.
Here’s the video:
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