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Police raid house of 80 year old man to get deceased wife's Rx drugs 10 minutes after she dies.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865569894/Drug-search-sha...

"I was holding her hand saying goodbye when all the intrusion happened," he told the Deseret News.

Barbara Mahaffey died at 12:35 a.m. with Mahaffey, a Navy medic in the Korean War, and his friend, an EMT, at her side. In addition to police, a mortician and a hospice worker arrived at the home about 12:45 a.m., Mahaffey said. He said he doesn't know how police came to be there.

"I was indignant to think you can't even have a private moment. All these people were there and they're not concerned about her or me. They're concerned about the damn drugs. Isn't that something?" Mahaffey said."

Yes, that is something, Mr. Mahaffey. Something incredibly evil.

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The military-medical complex

gets worse all the time.

I am so glad

he is filing a lawsuit
"unreasonable search and seizure and for equal protection under the law"

otherwise it just happens to the next person. Yeah, do what you want to us. People who want power and authority will take every bit you give them and then some.

My Granny said this happened to her when Grandpa died.

She claimed that they were trying to protect her from taking all the pills to kill herself because she was an 87 year old widow. Bizarre.

If people from a simpler age heard what we deal with they would freak the fuck out. People the world over waged revolutions for a tenth of what we deal with. We are the frogs in the Fabian kettle of boiling water.

They ended up on the street in exchange for dollars.

They are petty criminals in uniforms.

Free includes debt-free!

A band of theives, writ large.

~Murray Rothbard

There's big money in confiscated drugs.

What is the chain of custody? What's the street value?

Breaking and entering with weapons is burglary. What right did they have to thieve the drugs? The coroner hadn't issued a a death certificate.

Did they have a warrant?

Several Constitutional violations Throw the book at them!

Free includes debt-free!

sounds to me like those who

sounds to me like those who were there "helping" saw the drugs and thought the husband may take them to commit suicide to be with his wife. Somebaody called the cops.

Textbook

This is how the operate using laws against criminals to victimize the average citizen. They always go after those they deem to pose the least resistence - the ederly.

"The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them." - Mark Twain

Why were they so hot

to get the drugs?

No way the cops were alone in

No way the cops were alone in this. Behind this is some snitty social workers and or well intentioned and authoriatarian hospice administrators. Some such people must work in tandem to promote some idiotic policy where they notify police or DEA when a hospice patient dies who has palliative medications. Total BS...that's our nanny state for you. Obviously medicine and elder care have their share in the nanny state along with the government.

An "extraordinary violation of privacy" is right.

What a crass society we have devolved to - when death is treated without any sense of what is sacred. There are 16 churches in Vernal, UT, three Mormon plus Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist, Jehovah Witness, non-denominational... http://www.yellowpagesgoesgreen.org/Vernal-UT/Churches
Have those 16 churches spoken out?

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I'm glad he is filing a

I'm glad he is filing a lawsuit. He got down to the nitty-gritty - it was a violation of his 4th Amendment rights to unreasonable search and seizure. They had no warrant, and I'm assuming that he did not give his consent. That city attorney was just taking advantage of him thinking that someone of that age wouldn't know his rights.

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"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

Sad and disgusting

Yet, the cops can claim, "I was just doing my job/following orders."

In my experience, most cops have been respectful. But these bad apples keep $hitting on the bunch.

Lima-1, out.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.