Marathon County, WI Uses Newly Acquired Military Armored Vehicle to Collect Debts

by John Galt
October 27, 2014 18:45 ET

Think that the sudden distribution of military type vehicles and armor to local sheriff and police departments was in preparation for a local insurrection or IED’s planted by seniors angry that the local Golden Corral buffet ran out of liver and onions? Think again as the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, hardly a bastion of conservative reporting, decided to outline this outrageous story:

Armored vehicle helps collect civil judgment in small town

In the story by Bruce Vielmetti linked above, I would like for my readers to note this opening excerpt:

When officials in the tiny Town of Stettin in Marathon County went to collect a civil judgment from 75-year-old Roger Hoeppner this month, they sent 24 armed officers.

And an armored military vehicle.

Among other issues, the recent unrest in Ferguson, Mo., focused attention on the growing militarization of local law enforcement, particularly the use by even very small police departments of surplus armored military vehicles.

Marathon County sheriff’s officials aren’t apologizing for their tactics. Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Bean said officials expected to have to seize and remove tractors and wooden pallets to pay the judgment — hence the cadre of deputies. He also said what while Hoeppner was never considered dangerous, he was known to be argumentative.

Hoeppner said when he noticed deputies outside his house, he called his attorney, Ryan Lister of Wausau. Lister said he quickly left for Hoeppner’s house but was stopped by a roadblock that was kept up until after his client had been taken away in handcuffs. “Rather than provide Mr. Hoeppner or his counsel notice…and attempt to collect without spending thousands of taxpayer dollars on the military-style maneuvers, the town unilaterally decided to enforce its civil judgment” with a show of force, Lister said.

In other words, if you disagree with the probably corrupt legal proceedings of your local judicial system and have a long standing dispute with a small town power hungry sheriff, mayor, or county bureaucrat, you too can have an armored vehicle parked in front of your home with automatic weapons pointed at your home and property. Think I am crazy making that statement? Look at this photo from the newspaper and the defendant’s attorney, Ryan Lister:


I have circled the key things one needs to know:

1. A SWAT team was deployed to collect a civil judgment.

2. The Sheriff violated his constitutional oath by using military force to enforce a judgment by denying the defendant his Constitutional right to have his attorney present to document and protect his rights.

3. The gun turret was pointed at his home to intimidate the defendant.

If ANYONE thinks the United States, state, county, or small town hick government now being armed to the teeth will honor, defend, or uphold one’s Constitutional rights, the photograph above should answer that individual’s question. If one believes this was a necessary action against a 75 year old man, then you probably are a Democrat or had relatives that said “the Jews should enjoy the train ride; the fresh air and exercise at the camps will do them good.”

The sad thing is, that I warned about all of this in 2011 and few if any paid attention:

The Largest Detention Camp in World History is Almost Complete


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