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A man in Lincoln apparently had a crossbow in his yard and that's illegal in Lincoln. An army of cops arrived, violated the Constitution every way they could, and arrested him. Don't ask why they didn't just explain crossbows are illegal, give him a ticket and leave. Too simple.

His wife taped this police state incident and it needs to be circulated as widely as possible. It's currently on YouTube "Illegal Search in Lincoln, Nebraska Police State". Take a look and pass it on. Every law-abiding citizen in America needs to know this will be their fate if they inadvertently violate the least letter of the law.

Unless, of course, they're members of Congress, work on Wall Street, or make large contributions to politicians. Then anything goes.
 

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For target practice with a crossbow in his back yard...

I obviously didn't see exactly what happened before she brought out the camera (after a cop was already on the guy's neck lol).

I quickly skimmed (and searched) the Lincoln, NE laws and this is all I could find that would pertain to a crossbow in town.

It shall be unlawful for any person, except as provided in this chapter, to fire or discharge, within the corporate limits, or on any property of the City of Lincoln outside of the corporate limits, any air rifle, toy pistol, toy gun, slingshot, or any other air, gas, or spring operated gun, weapon, apparatus, or instrument for the purpose of throwing or projecting missiles of any kind by any means whatsoever in such a manner as to endanger the safety of persons or property, whether the instrument is called by any name set forth above or by any other name.

(Ord. 15625 §5; July 9, 1990: P.C. §9.28.040: Ord. 9382 §2; January 22, 1968: prior Ord. 3489 §9-103; July 6, 1936).
EDIT: I couldn't find what the punishment would be for disobeying a city ordinance, however. Running from the cop and/or resisting is a big no-no, though. No matter what happened before the cop felt the need to tackle him, he'll get booked for assault on a PO.

DOUBLE-EDIT: I just noticed the "endanger the safety" part (now bolded). Though the cops were more than eager to claim that shooting a target is illegal. Seems to me like he wouldn't have been in trouble if he wouldn't have ran from the cop.

TRIPLE-EDIT: She shouldn't have been giving them all the info (saying the bow was in the house).

But WTF do they mean, by "We cannot search your house without a search warrant, we can seize your house while we're trying to..." (couldn't understand the rest)?
 

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They just randomly seized the couples home after asking "Does he rifle hunt too!?!?!"

What ever happened to illegal search AND seizure?
 

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"The least letter of the law"? Does that include not complying with the instructions of an officer while he's conducting an investigation when you are a suspect?........no.......there are several people whose hands are dirty in this matter.

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http://journalstar.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/article_6baa75d5-32b9-5a95-b317-046055f7819f.html
According to that article, everything went as it should have. The only thing that I have a gripe about (if this article is accurate, which it seems to be after watching the videos), is this part:

Police also cited Grana and Shaw on suspicion of misdemeanor child abuse. A 4-year-old girl was home at the time of the incident, Flood said, and the house was heated only by two space heaters. The only food inside, she said, was an uncooked bowl of rice, dried beans and leftover chicken bones. Police temporarily seized the mobile home as a crime scene, Peschong said. It since has been returned.
So the hell what if they don't have a lot of food in the house and "only two space heaters"... What if they go out to eat three times a day? Not that I agree with the idea, but that doesn't mean they're abusing their kid...
 

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? not catching the first part of what happed but one cops face is bloody

-resisting an officer in many areas constitutes assault

-with probable cause in this case violating a city ordnance cops where well within the law asking him to identify himself
 

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Lincoln sucks. Period. The last time I visited I was given a ticket for going 2 miles an hour over the speed limit. Probably because of the out of state plates, but it still sucks. I have many city, county , and state police friends, and have never heard of something this stupid. He wasn't harming anyone, let it go.
 

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But WTF do they mean, by "We cannot search your house without a search warrant, we can seize your house while we're trying to..." (couldn't understand the rest)?
This means that the police cannot search the hosue unless a search warrant has been issued by a judge. What they mean by seizing the house is that the police are able to secure the house in the time it takes to apply for a search warrant from the judge. In this time, they are not allowed to search it, but are there only to ensure that it remains secure and evidence is not destroyed or removed (In this case, the bow and arrow she said her husband put in the house before the police arrived).

I hope that clarifies the question for you.
 

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I live in Omaha and Lincoln cops are no fun.

That said, the guy shouldn't have tried going into the house- he could be getting a weapon, the cops do what they have to do.

I was down in Arizona, shooting with my dad and the rules down there are that you have to be 1000 ft. away from any houses (I could be wrong on the distance). We got the cops called on us- someone said we were too close. Long story short, we cooperated, we were reasonable and they just told us to move a little further away if we wanted to keep shooting. Keep in mind we had guns in our hands when the cops came up to us. We didn't run away and I think if this guy hadn't tried to go back in the house, he would have been fine.
 

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According to that article, everything went as it should have. The only thing that I have a gripe about (if this article is accurate, which it seems to be after watching the videos), is this part:



So the hell what if they don't have a lot of food in the house and "only two space heaters"... What if they go out to eat three times a day? Not that I agree with the idea, but that doesn't mean they're abusing their kid...
Agreed....my whole point is that we shouldnt jump to conclusions, there are many facts of this case that will play out in the months to come and rushing to judgement based on a youtube video many times makes us all look like fools.
If the cops acted inappropriately....by all means take their badge and let the justice system deal with them.
Just my 2 cents.:)
 

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sounds like the guy just wanted to be a jerk and as a result he got jerked.
I would be very leary of any one with a cross bow as they are lethal, accurate adn long range also.
One wonders if there was a history with the fella and the police before this incident.........I agree with Old warrior, time will tell and facts are troubling things
 

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This means that the police cannot search the hosue unless a search warrant has been issued by a judge. What they mean by seizing the house is that the police are able to secure the house in the time it takes to apply for a search warrant from the judge. In this time, they are not allowed to search it, but are there only to ensure that it remains secure and evidence is not destroyed or removed (In this case, the bow and arrow she said her husband put in the house before the police arrived).

I hope that clarifies the question for you.
When they "seize" your house are they allowed to force you to leave?

In this circumstance understand that if she walked out the front door they could escort her away but as long as she stayed inside they couldn't force her to leave unless they suspect her of destroying evidence (probable cause). Is this correct?
 

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When they "seize" your house are they allowed to force you to leave?

In this circumstance understand that if she walked out the front door they could escort her away but as long as she stayed inside they couldn't force her to leave unless they suspect her of destroying evidence (probable cause). Is this correct?
I just dont get why they would tie up all the time and effort for a search warrent for a cross bow. Wasted police effort in my book and I never never would have allowed my shift to waste that amount of time.

Different era different mind set.
 

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Ok, first off I am not fond of Cops, most of them anyway having said that the guy was breaking the law. It looked like he was shooting at a target shaped like a human torso, not wrong but a little weird. Like others said its not wise to argue with the cops, believe it or not they're not usually on your side. A lot of Cops these days are more scared then we are because they know they're disliked by most but they all have guns and if they shoot a guy wielding a bow they'll be let off. The woman was a bit irrational and was only making the situation worse by not listening to them. It's the way things are now you are to be suspected before you are trusted. The amount of Cops were overkill by about a factor of ten, but I'm sure they were bored so... Long story short, comply, cooperate then if they're in the wrong get em in court and make some cash and get em fired while you're at it. Bad Cops need to be eliminated, why? because they're our employees.
 

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There are too many unkowns here to say who was in the wrong. We do know that he was firing a crossbow his wife even said that which is discharging a firearm inside the city limits. We also know that a cop ended up bloody that is going to bring other officers out of the woodwork.

He might of just ended up with a ticket if he would of cooperated with the officers and had his day in court. They didnt know who he was, he wouldnt tell them rember his wife said he didnt have to....lol.

Just guessing here but the way he dealt with the police was probably confrontational and full of attitude which doesnt work well when dealing with cops. You want to be an azz to them they will be a bigger azz to you and you end up losing.
 

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I don't know any situation any one in all my life has ever acted in disrespect to athourity and won .
It is evident that
1.the man was willing to defy the laws of the town .
2.He lied when confronted ,dishonest.
3.proceeded to ignore a standing order ,bringing the athourity deeper into the situation.
These high profile problem people need to be weeded out, not supported .
If I'm making my neighbors nervous with a weapon they have every reason to be concerned .
He is making those of us who are responsible weapon owners look worse in public opinion. We don't need that.
 

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look at the area people. (i grew up in trailer parks and live in one now, thats not what im pointing out) do you mean to say that you would want someone shooting a weapon that close to YOUR house? use a little common sense when you shoot.someone shouldve asked him not to shoot a weapon that close to his neighbors and if he proceeded to anyway then call the cops. i wouldve. i have kids in my house. think about it. shooting a weapon in that situation to begin with showed a serious lack of good judgement on his part, and the reaction of him and his wife towards the police only showcased that same lack of good judgement. come on, people. you really think it shouldve been ok for him to be shooting any kind of potentially fatal weapon in that kind if proximity to the MANY other residences in the area.he brought it on himself.
 

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I think everyone would have to agree that the video doesn't/can't show everything that happened.

Without all the facts how can anyone judge what happened?

Limited to what the videos (there are more than one) show, it looks like there are errors on everyone's part.

It "appeared" to me that by her shouting the lady/housewife was making an effort to upset the situation. And for how "upset" the lady sounded I was surprised how still she was able to hold the camera. Most anyone shouting would have enough adrenalin flowing that would cause some shaking.
Perhaps her anger was a bit of an act?
 

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...And for how "upset" the lady sounded I was surprised how still she was able to hold the camera. Most anyone shouting would have enough adrenalin flowing that would cause some shaking.
Perhaps her anger was a bit of an act?
Not everyone starts to shake with adrenaline. Some people it calms them down and focuses them. Cops, firefighters, soilders, martial artists, professional target shooters, hunters etc..

Also could be an anti-shake technology in the camera. Most have that nowadays.
 
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