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I saw this story in the Huffington Post, and I was disgusted and angered.   I have been sending it to media outlets and posters on dailykos that do a much better job of writing than I do - particularly of late - in the hopes someone would write it up and bring some heat to the incident.

The story starts with a typical joint task force drug raid on 8 Mile in Detroit, and it comes down in typical style with two elderly and medically impaired women being the object of police brutality.   Where it takes a truly macabre turn is when the women try to identify their abusers so they can sue them.   Then the court and government sanctioned cover up begins.  

Below the cheetoh, I've included as much of the article as I dare.   Please read it and help to turn up the heat.   These women and those so called law enforcement officers deserve their day in court.

Nameless And Shameless: Masked DEA Agents Raid Innocent Women, Refuse To Reveal Their Identities

Over a three-day period in June 2007, heavily armed SWAT teams, supported by tanks and helicopters, descended on Detroit's Eight Mile Road. The massive operation involved police and agents from 21 different local, state and federal branches of law enforcement, and was intended to rid the notoriously crime-ridden area of drug houses, prostitutes and wanted fugitives.

After conducting hundreds of raids, the authorities made 122 arrests, according to The Detroit News, and seized about 50 ounces of marijuana, 6.5 ounces of cocaine and 19 guns.

How much per ounce did that raid cost the U$ tax payers????
When Caroline Burley, now 51, first heard the boom around 5:30 on the evening of June 13, it sounded like it had come from outside her bedroom window. She rushed to investigate, and as she came out of the room, a man with a gun confronted her, threw her into a wall and then hurled her to the floor. A SWAT team had burst through her front door. Wearing only her nightgown, she asked for mercy. She recently had back surgery, she explained. Instead, one officer, then another kept her close to the floor by putting a boot in her back, according to court filings.

Caroline's mother, Geraldine Burley, was sitting at her computer in the basement when she heard a loud thud overhead, followed by a scream from her daughter and a man's voice ordering Caroline Burley to the floor. When she ascended the stairs, she too found a gun pointed at her head, and a man ordered her to get on the floor as well. She thought at first that she was being robbed.

Geraldine, now 70, pleaded with the man to let her move to the floor slowly, explaining to him that she'd had both of her knees replaced. Instead, another officer approached, grabbed her by the face, demanded that she "get the fuck on the floor," then threw her into a table. She tumbled to the ground. At that point, she said later in a deposition, everything turned to "a fire, white and ringing in my ear." Another officer came up from the basement with her grandson, stepping on her knees in the process. She cried out again in pain.

I am not going to post anymore from the article.  I've probably pushed it already, but I wanted you to know what they did to these two women.  The lawlessness by Wayne County, the DEA and the courts came after; and I would like you to read the article to see the scope of the disregard for the law and our rights the system has.  

I hope you will tweet, post, and email the HuffingtonPost article to Maddow, Schultz, local Detroit media, and anybody else you can think will help to shine a light on this huge injustice.  If we turn up the heat, maybe the ladies these thugs attacked will get their day in court.  

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