At 8:20PM on July 7, 2012 police in full tachtical gear banged on the door of Mark Witaschek, a successful financial adviser with no criminal record. His daughter opened the door and let in 30 armed officers. After entering the house, the police immediately went upstairs, pointed guns at the heads of Mr. Witaschek and his girlfriend, and demanded they surrender, facedown and be handcuffed. His 16-year-old son was in the shower when the police arrived. “They used a battering ram to bash down the bathroom door and pull him out of the shower, naked,” said his father. “The police put all the children together in a room, while we were handcuffed upstairs. I could hear them crying, not knowing what was happening.” Police then spent two hours tossing the house and did an estimated $10,000 in damage. They were there to execute a search warrent. Police based their search on a charge made by Mr. Witaschek’s estranged wife.
The police found no guns in the house, but did write on the warrant that four items were discovered: “One live round of 12-gauge shotgun ammunition,” which was an inoperable shell that misfired during a hunt years earlier. Mr. Witaschek had kept it as a souvenir. “One handgun holster” was found, which is perfectly legal. “One expended round of .270 caliber ammunition,” which was a spent brass casing. The police uncovered “one box of Knight bullets for reloading.” These are actually not for reloading, but are used in antique-replica, single-shot, muzzle-loading rifles.
This didn't happen in Russia, China or some other authoritian state. This happened in the United States of America... in Washington, DC.
Because the inoperable shotgun shell and the spent .270 casing weren't registered, as required by law, Mr. Witaschek faces two years in prison. His trial starts November 4th.
Read the entire story at the Washing Times.