In one case in Sharpsburg, Md., population 706, for example, police used two “special response” vehicles, helicopters, SWAT teams, snipers and an excavator for a no-knock raid on a single-family home during a search for its owner.
Today, in Washington County Circuit Court, Porter plead guilty to two charges, one for violating public safety and another for owning some rifles and shotguns (no mention of assault weapons now!) which he was not permitted to have in his possession due to a twenty-year-old felony conviction. Those charges could have netted him 20 years in jail. Instead, the “dangerous” man who was the subject of an eight hour “manhunt” last fall walked out of court with no jail time, no fine, and only two years of unsupervised probation.
|It looks like two of these Bearcat bad boys right here, stuffed with snipers.|
On Thursday, November 29, 2012 at about 12:30 pm, the quiet was shattered by an invasion of over 150 Maryland State Police (MSP), FBI, State Fire Marshal’s bomb squad, and County SWAT teams, complete with two police helicopters, two Bearcat “special response” vehicles, mobile command posts, snipers, police dogs, bomb disposal truck, bomb sniffing robots, and a huge excavator. They even brought in food trucks.
The raid was one of the largest in recent U.S. history, twice the size of the 1993 Branch Davidian raid in Waco, Texas, which initially involved 76 ATF agents. It almost rivaled the recent 200-strong statewide manhunt for California cop-killing cop, Christopher Dorner.
Simpson estimated the cost of the raid that lasted from approximately 12:30 p.m. until it was called off at 7:30 p.m. at $11,000 per hour.
Shades of the IRS targeting scandal? You will never convince me that Governor Martin O’Malley (looking for Obama brownie points) was not looking for a high profile take-down of a conservative gun owner just before the Newtown, CT nut tragically provided Obama with all the reason he needed to push the gun control issue to the forefront in Washington.