In a pre-dawn raid, more than two dozen FBI agents in riot gear showed up at Trump associate Roger Stone’s south Florida home Friday morning.
“FBI. Warrant!” an agent is heard screaming in an exclusive CNN video, as they pound on his door.
Speaking with reporters later in the morning, Stone said the FBI “terrorized” his family.
“This morning, at the crack of dawn, 29 FBI agents arrived at my home with 17 vehicles, with their lights flashing, when they could have simply contacted my attorneys and I would have been more than willing to surrender voluntarily,” he said. “They terrorized my wife, my dogs.”
The intensity of the armed agents wearing tactical gear storming Stone’s home under the cover of darkness hit a nerve with the brother of Meadow Pollack, one of 17 people killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, located some 10 miles away.
Hunter Pollack tweeted: “I wish the FBI raided my sisters killers home in Parkland the way they did Roger Stone. Maybe my sister would still be alive.”
The FBI received two separate tips about the deeply troubled gunman who opened fire in the school, yet little came from the information.
One of the tips was about a disturbing message in the comments section of a video that read: “Im going to be a professional school shooter.”
Another anonymous tip was made just over a month before the shooting to the FBI’s call center in West Virginia, warning the gunman was “about to explode” and could go into a school and “start shooting it up.”
That tip was never forwarded to South Florida.
The bureau would later admit that “protocols were not followed” and that information should have been forwarded to the Miami field office.
Yet, 29 agents storm the home of a 66-year-old, well-known figure who was not a flight risk?
Hunter Pollack was far from the only one to comment on the militant raid, as responses dominated on social media:
The answer is simple:
This is a blatant optics weaponization by the FBI. Stone is no threat – they know it.
But having the optics of a Special Forces ISIS compound raid makes Stone look like a really bad guy.
Stone would have turned himself in if they had asked.
This is sick.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 25, 2019
Roger Stone was arrested by agents with their guns drawn this morning and indicted. The indictment does not charge him with crimes directly related to Russia or with conspiracy in relation to the 2016 election. Such a dramatic raid for process crimes is absolutely ridiculous.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) January 25, 2019
What America witnessed this morning with the violent raid on Roger Stone's home for alleged white-collar crimes was an horrendous, unAmerican, criminal abuse of power.
There clearly now exists good cause for Robert Mueller to be fired and potentially prosecuted.
— David Wohl (@DavidWohl) January 25, 2019
The raid on harmless gadfly Roger Stone was a message that the establishment will use violence against you for dissenting.
Oh, yeah, Roger was a big threat, super dangerous. Yeah, they needed drawn guns. That's a thing.
Fire the FBI director @realDonaldTrump.
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) January 25, 2019
I just wonder what the armed FBI agents were thinking when they stormed Roger Stone’s house in a predawn raid with heavy weapons and tactical gear and found an old disheveled guy in pajamas with glasses on answering the door. https://t.co/Lv4KLXRGug
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) January 25, 2019
The reaction to Pollack’s tweet shows that people have not forgotten the tragic shooting that took place almost one year ago and all the warning signs that were missed by local law enforcement and the FBI and questioned the agency’s priorities.
Here’s a sampling of the responses from Twitter:
🙏 Unfortunately, the @fbi does not have their priorities in order. Sorry, for your loss.
– MSD Alum. https://t.co/tlxFfhi8ZD
— Realist (@Macro_Sense) January 25, 2019
That is one of the most tragic truths of our time. Something is very wrong with this system; it needs to be cleaned up – yesterday.
— KMac (@ForMotionCreatv) January 25, 2019
WOW… that is truth.
— AG (@MyMDSoapbox) January 25, 2019
Vicious Truth!! So sorry for your loss. This tweet hits home!! Actually on several levels, good one!
— Michael Whitfield (@MichaelUGADad) January 25, 2019
Man, that’s heartbreaking and definitely makes the point. That breaks my heart for you and yours. ??
— Simon X. Sexton ?? (@AmericanSimonX) January 25, 2019
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