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Florida SWAT Cop Guns Down Unarmed Man In Marijuana Raid


cops law enforcement special needs students entrapmentBy Phillip Smith

A Volusia County sheriff’s deputy on a dawn SWAT team pot raid shot and killed an unarmed resident of the home Tuesday. Derek Cruice, 26, becomes the 10th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

According to The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Cruice was unarmed and no weapons were found in the house. Police did find about nine ounces of marijuana, as well as a scale, a drug ledger, marijuana smoking pipes, plastic bags and about $3,000 in cash.

Sheriff Ben Johnson said that Deputy Todd Raible, a member of the Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, shot Cruice in the face as the SWAT team came through the door of the residence at 6:30 a.m.

“They (deputies) were met with resistance and a shooting occurred,” Johnson said without offering further detail. He said he could not elaborate because his office had not yet interviewed Deputy Raible.

But sheriff’s spokesman Gary Davidson added that Raible fired his weapon after perceiving Cruice’s actions as a threat.

Cruice was pronounced dead at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City.

“The deputy, he’s all right, actually he is very shaken,” Johnson offered.

Sheriff Johnson said Cruice was listed in the search warrant as the subject of an ongoing “narcotics” investigation. He was one of six adults—four men and two women—in the house when deputies arrived.

Matt Grady, 24, was another one of them. He said he was awakened by banging on the door and opened it.

“A bunch of guys came around the corner and they are pushing me down,” Grady said. “And as I was going down on my knee I heard gunfire,” he told The News-Journal.

Steven Cochran, 24, was another resident. He said Cruice was not resisting anything.

“He had no weapons on him or in the house,” Cochran said. “Nobody was making any kind of resistance or keeping them from doing their job.”Cruice had been working as a delivery driver at Monster Pizza in Deltona. His co-worker, Thomas Figueroa, who had known him for nine years, stopped by the scene and broke down crying behind the yellow crime scene tape.

“He is not the kind of person that would do that (attack a deputy),” he said, adding that the pizza shop had closed for the day to mark Cruice’s death.

Deputy Raible, 36, is now on administrative leave, as is standard for deputy-involved shootings. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the death because a police officer was involved.

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  1. Any time that a cop shoots an unarmed victim we always hear about how the cop is emotionally distressed. Little mention of his victims bullet ridden body or their grieving relatives.

  2. I think he needs to go to prison because prisoners do not like cops so how long do you think he would last they will take care of him

  3. The deaths from marijuana “crimes” are from bull crap like this. Or dealers that deal in more than just marijuana. This is arrogance. Not just ignorance anymore.

  4. darthhillbilly on

    Benjamin Franklin stated it as, “it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer”. How many people need to die in this country before people realize that no non-violent offender should EVER be killed! Our government is broken. Cops can beat the crap out of you with little or no provocation. Instead of focusing on busting rapists or murderers we sit idly by while cops perpetuate a war on our own citizens…NO WEAPONS FOUND!!! UNARMED, with no weapons on the premises!!! Why are more people not outraged?

  5. get it together florida on

    if he was considered black the media would be throwing this in everyone face trying to start a riot, but since he was not, who cares except the “pot heads”.

  6. i hope the murderers end up after the war against its own citizens is over, are tried

  7. Actually, if you could follow a conversation, you would have seen that I was replying to a statement that ‘Moldy’ made and not referring to the article.

    ‘Moldy’ wrote, “You should know that they usually bust down the fucking door. Nit pick much?”

  8. When do we stop this an legalize a plant. Stop the killing of the citizens of America. Law enforcement agency are killing citizens in their homes . An no one is saying Stop!

  9. Malcolm Miraż on

    Actually @WMC if you ready this article correctly you would have notice that Mr. Grady an occupant of the home with the deceased opened the door for the banging Narcotics team and was thrown to the ground. Also the deceased Mr. Cruice was reported as not wearing any t-shirt at the time he was shot as well as not being armed. It’s pretty clear that the police officer was sent in to detain individuals under warrant from a judge and shot an unarmed man in the face for being “aggressive” which is sufficiently vague enough that it allows cops to run around SWATTING citizens like flies apparently. Pun intended.

  10. Well this has been repeated over 100,000 times during the sham Drug War and the bodies are piling up in the cemeteries.

  11. The cop will never be arrested for this murder of another innocent person; he deserves the same as he did; someone needs to shoot him. Another GOOD example of dirty cops and unsafe cops in Florida. In GOD we trust, NOT the cops…

  12. If America really was a country where the citizens were free to express their individuality in their own manner, marijuana would just be a plant. And police would actually Protect and Serve the citizens. And we, the citizens, would love them. After all, what could be a more noble profession than that? Unfortunately we have law libraries filled with laws and regulations governing our private lives. And the police in America are in the business of enforcing morality.
    So instead of protecting us, OUR police hunt American citizens. They drive around hanging labels on us to justify, and determine who they will stop and search. By enacting laws to enforce the moral codes of some citizens over other citizens, we’ve turned what should be a noble profession into one that attracts police officers that don’t care about us. If you can profile your fellow citizens, violate their rights, then send them off to a hell-hole run by prison gangs, over weed, then you’re an asshole. And if you’re not an asshole, then you won’t fit in with the police dept.

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