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SWAT Yanks 11-yo Girl from Shower, Holds Family At Gunpoint In Home With No Suspects

SWAT Yanks 11-yo Girl from Shower, Holds Family At Gunpoint In Home With No Suspects

The little girls siblings, one 19 and the others 13 and 7, were all held at gunpoint with the rest of the family in a raid that occurred after 10:00 PM in violation of municipal ordinences. Nobody in the home was even  a suspect in a crime and no evidence of criminal misconduct was found.

All of this because the estranged father, Mordsen Box, was arrested nearly two weeks earlier on drug charges – cops found 5 ounces of marijuana on him at a traffic stop. But he hadn’t even lived in the home for several months.

Once the stop was underway, Volpe – in keeping with his indoctrination as an opportunistic road pirate – asked if there was “anything illegal” in the vehicle. Like countless others in similar situations, Box made the tragic mistake of answering a question the officer had no right to ask. He stated that he wasn’t “aware” of anything illegal in his car, and that Volpe could carry out the search “if you have to.”
“OK, so I can look?” Volpe reiterated, inducing the intimidated driver to make his consent explicit. Within seconds the officer had found the marijuana, which was confiscated along with $180 in cash that was found in Box’s wallet. His expired driver’s license listed 1054 Quebec Place NW as his home address.
Both Mr. Box and his domestic situation were well-known to the local police. During the weeks leading up to the April 18, 2013 raid, police had paid two visits to the home while searching for Box. On both occasions family members explained that Box didn’t live at the address.
Those facts were carefully omitted by Volpe in the search warrant application filed after the traffic stop. Among the falsehoods included in Volpe’s affidavit was the claim that a “utility listing” was found for Volpe at that address. In fact, all of the utilities were listed in the name of Shandalyn Harrison, Box’s ex-girlfriend.
Invoking his “experience,” “knowledge,” and “training,” Volpe insisted that a search of the residence was justified by the supposed likelihood that a large quantity of narcotics and drug proceeds would be found at the residence.  For too many judges, the rote recitation of such claims will obviate the need for actual evidence.

“In many dozens of other warrant applications sworn by MPD officers to different Superior Court judges in the one-year period, MPD officers similarly claimed under oath, based on the same `training’ and `experience,’ that a broad category of people referred to as `drug traffickers’ attempt to hide the evidence of their criminal activities in other places that are not their own home,” notes the lawsuit filed on behalf of Harrison and her children. “These statements of `training’ and `experience’ thus purportedly give agents of the District’s government the ability to raid and search multiple homes and other locations for every traffic stop or street arrest in which they find contraband.”

At the time he filled out his warrant application, Taylor Volpe was a rookie officer with the MPD. He was assimilated into the department’s institutional culture very quickly.

In July 2013, just weeks after the home invasion that grew out of Volpe’s affidavit, the officer was given a “Rookie of the Year” award by the 5th District Citizen’s Advisory Council of the MPD. Those to whom that award is given “are acknowledged … by cops who know good police work when they see it (and work alongside it),” observed the Council. Given their standards of behavior, Volpe and his comrades would be suitable for employment in some of the worst Third World despotisms. In fact, they might be a bit over-qualified.


A lawsuit has now been filed on behalf of the family.


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