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Cops Thought a Man Shoplifted a Shirt, So 50 SWAT Cops Tore Down an Innocent Man's House

• thefreethoughtproject.com By Rachel Blevins

An innocent man's home was destroyed by police after 50 SWAT officers responded to reports of a man shoplifting a shirt and two belts from a store. Even though the city declared the man's house a complete loss, he was given just $5,000 in compensation, and he is now filing a lawsuit for "just compensation."

Leo Lech lost his home in June 2015, after police launched a 19-hour standoff that included the use of armored vehicles, breaching rams, high-caliber rifles, chemical agents, flash-bang grenades and remote-controlled robots. While his home became "collateral damage," neither Lech nor his family had any ties to the target the officers were pursuing.

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