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Spike Cohen: ”This man's name was Duncan Lemp. He was killed in a police raid of his home back in March”

Spike Cohen: ”This man's name was Duncan Lemp. He was killed in a police raid of his home back in March”

The following is a statement from Libertarian Party Vice-Presidential candidate Spike Cohen.

”This man's name was Duncan Lemp. He was killed in a police raid of his home back in March, and they still haven't released any evidence of why or how it happened.

Duncan was a student and a software developer who was working on starting his own business, and was very devoted to his girlfriend and family. He was also an avid and vocal supporter of the right to keep and bear arms.

On the morning of March 12, Montgomery County Police carried out a no-knock raid of Duncan's home that he shared with his parents and 19 year old brother. They claim that they were acting on an anonymous tip that Duncan possessed illegal weapons, that Duncan "confronted" them with a weapon when they arrived, and that they shot him in defense of themselves.

Here is where their story breaks down.

According to eyewitnesses, police fired into Duncan's home through the windows, and then entered. According to his girlfriend, Duncan and everyone else in the home were asleep when police began opening fire.

The police's own search warrant does not mention any imminent threat to the public, and no one in the home, including Duncan, has any criminal record.

As of this evening, and despite multiple requests from media outlets and Duncan's family, and even a lawsuit from Judicial Watch, police have refused to released body cam footage audio recordings, or any other evidence from the raid, or of the evidence they collected to obtain the warrant.

They claim that they retrieved 5 "illegally owned weapons", which is a violation of Duncan's 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms, but they haven't released any evidence of that either.

The Lemp family's attorney put it best: “For five [now six] months after police killed Duncan Lemp in his own bedroom, police have said nothing, revealed nothing, and have refused the grieving Lemp family any information about his death."

While we wait for that evidence to be released, we add Duncan's name to the growing list of incidents in which police have entered people's homes without knocking, often to enforce laws against victimless crimes, which serves only to inflame situations and put American lives at risk.

In honor of Duncan, and all those whose lives were lost in similar incidents, it is time to end no-knock raids, and the war on guns. 

The right of the people to keep and bear arms, and the right to be secure in our homes, shall not be infringed.