a man’s home, then calling him a terrorist is
A few weeks ago, The Des Moines Register printed
an article entitled “Manning Man Faces Terrorism
Charge After Standoff,” which has warranted
deep concern about the new emerging reality
of police/citizen relations. First we need to
reframe the incident by which David Wurr of
Carroll County was forcefully evicted from his
home then charged with terrorism.
David Wurr was in his own home when police showed
up for a “welfare check” requested by Wurr’s
family. David chose to not respond, which is
a perfectly legal, lawful and legitimate response
when police come to your home. No law requires
you to let police into your home or interview
you without a warrant of entry.
The police then continued to escalate the situation
and brought many more officers. Among these
officers were combat units dressed in subdued
combat uniforms, with body armor, helmets and
assault rifles. For 11 hours they harassed Mr.Wurr
and thanks to the unprovoked intimidation and
show of overwhelming force, the undoubtedly
frustrated and likely scared victim allegedly
fired shots toward the assaulting police force
in defense of himself and home.
Sheriff Doug Bass was quoted as saying, “We
had to do something.”
But the something they decided to do was to
violently assault his home with tear gas (a
poison) to overcome Wurr and force him to leave
his home. This is key to understanding the alarming
mentality that our police have when confronting
We must emphasize that the police caused this
issue. They provoked Mr. Wurr, and after refusing
to recognize this man’s rights to not interact
with the police in his own home, they escalated
it by bringing an overwhelming show of force
including combat SWAT units. They then finished
the situation that they started by poisoning
him with gas until he left his home.
And now, David Wurr is being charged by police
with terrorism? This is disgusting and alarming.
It is unacceptable that Carroll County Attorney
John Werden will prosecute David Wurr with terrorism.
There is no doubt here that the police are the
terrorists for they initiated terrorizing this
peaceful man in his own home who exercised his
rights of the Fourth and Fifth amendments to
not interact with the police without a court-ordered
David Wurr could be anyone. A summary of these
events show that by utilizing your constitutional
rights, you may be violently assaulted and then
charged with terrorism.
We need to stand up for David Wurr, not for
condoning his use of arms, but for condemning
the police and the prosecutor for terrorizing
Iowans. If we do not, and David Wurr is found
guilty, it will be just that much easier for
the next person to become a victim of the police
and the prosecutor. Not to mention, a willful
participation in the defacing of the rule of
law in our country — The Constitution of the
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