VICTIM or VILLAIN? Was Matthew Stewart Defending His Home, or Should He Face Execution for Killing a Cop?

VICTIM or VILLAIN? Was Matthew Stewart Defending His Home, or Should He Face Execution for Killing a Cop?

Editorial

In the wake of the tragic shootout in Ogden, Utah, which left one police officer dead, many questions remain unanswered. Was Matthew Stewart, a US Army veteran and self-medicating medical marijuana patient, defending his home when he fired on a police narcotics task force last week? Or, was he a terrorist who should face execution for killing a police officer, and wounding several others?

As the story unfolds, we are learning details in spurts, from prosecutors and police, while Stewart himself remains hospitalized and under guard. Only Stewart’s estranged father, who has said that his son has mental issues, including PTSD, and self medicates with marijuana, has provided some insight that has helped shaped the story, and the mystery.

But what happened that night? What do we really know?

We know that at about 8:40 pm last Wednesday, January 5, twelve members of the the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force forced entry into the home of Matthew David Stewart, 37, while serving a  search warrant, believing he was growing marijuana.  Then, there was a firefight, which left 7-year police veteran Agent Jared Francom dead, and five other officers wounded. Also injured in the gunfight was home owner, Matthew David Stewart, 37.

In the late night hours following the shootout, we learn that Stewart works the overnight shift at a local Walmart, and leaves for work at 11:00 pm. This lends to the speculation that Stewart was asleep, or possibly in the shower when police knocked at the door. Just think for a minute, where are you in your morning routine two and a half hours before you leave for work? I’m still at least half an hour away from the first time I hit the snooze button.

We later learn that Stewart is a former specialist in the United States Army, and in a photo provided by his family, he bears an “Airborne” patch on the shoulder of his uniform, which implies that he had at least some specialized training. His father tells us that Stewart had some post-military security training, as well.

His father also tells the press that Matthew used drugs to try to deal with mental problems, possibly due to post-traumatic stress disorder, although he said his son had never gone to the Veterans Administration to be diagnosed or seek help. He goes on to say that Matthew often self-medicates with marijuana, and has grown pot in the past (Utah does not have a medical marijuana program). But Stewart insists his son does not sell drugs, and only grows marijuana for his personal use.

Then, four days after the shooting, on Saturday local media hysterically reported that a bomb had detonated inside the home while police were collecting evidence. Later, it was learned that a “suspicious device” was found in a closet in the house on Saturday.  Because of “its appearance and other components located nearby,” a local bomb squad was called and detonated the device inside the house.

In other words, either Matthew David Stewart is a nutcase suburban terrorist, or police just blew up his vaporizer.

Speaking of which… On Monday, prosecuting attorney Dee Smith confirmed that a photograph of Stewart was found inside his home on Monday, in which he looks like a terrorist.  “It appears to be a recent photo, based on his current beard size, and it depicted an individual dressed as a terrorist with some kind of bomb device,” the county attorney said.

Or, Stewart was a pot smoking, Wallmart working, every day guy, that happened to have one kick-ass Halloween costume. Don’t laugh, it’s possible, even highly plausible, considering that Stewart received the Army’s National Defense Service Medal for his service in the “War on Terror.”

But it’s just like authorities to fuck something up, like a good ‘ol fashioned heavily armed raid on a man growing a few pot plants, and then, rather than admit that the “War on Drugs” is wrong, and then play up the “terrorist” card.

Oh yeah, and it’s not like the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force have never been the center of controversy surrounding a search. In September, 2010, they shot and killed 45 year old Todd Blair within the first few seconds of a no-knock raid on his home, which turned up only a small amount of marijuana.

The one thing that should, but won’t, be learned from this case is that it’s time to end this pointless “War on Drugs” once and for all, and take the criminal element out of marijuana. At least one life, and probably two, would have been spared in Ogden, Utah.

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  • Badphish430

    While I agree with the position of this article, it does not matter who you are or what you are doing, you have no right to kill another person.  When those police officers came thru that man’s door, they identified themselves as police. He should be tried for murder and attempted murder of police officers.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/the42the42 Steven Quinlog

      Ummm, have you ever heard of Flash-Bang Grenades? They are designed to Interrupt the Visual And Audio Signals To The Brain! And They Are Standard In Entries Like This! He Never Heard Them Identify Themselves! How Could He??? All He Knew Is That He, A Military Trained Person, Was Being Invaded And Attacked With Explosives And Firearms! Are We To Give Up Our Right To Defend Ourselves “Just In Case It’s The Cops”? He Was Responding In An Appropriate Manner And I Applaud Him! I Do Not Agree With Killing, But Remember, THEY INVADED HIS HOME!!! PERIOD

    • http://twitter.com/wtfamericablog Mr. J

      ARE you sure? Were you there? I’ve seen cops NOT announce who they were before, and you can even see it on TV in police reality shows. Like S Quinlog said, flash bangs also fuck up what you see or hear. Who knows what he had in his head at the time. And who knows if he even heard them. Like the article said, he would’ve been in the shower. Can you hear who is at your front door from the shower? I can’t and I live in a tiny apartment. But you bet that if someone was breaking through my door, I’d go for my gun.

    • Bdogg100

      Do you know anyone who served in the military and has flashbacks?
      Because in those situations, they are reliving a truamatic experience, and don’t know who is friend or foe. So maybe you should try to put or self in THAT situation before condemning a man that risked his life and mental health for our safety.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sativagalore Sativa Galore

      Take a look at this video. Same strike force, different raid, similar outcome. Only this time it wasn’t a cop that was shot and killed, it was the home owner.

      http://www.thedailychronic.net/2012/7958/video-same-ogden-ut-police-force-killed-man-armed-only-with-golf-club-in-2010-raid/ 

    • poot

      hey bad fish you have every right to protect yourself by any means neccessary if you feel your life is in danger… im from ogden utah i know how the cops in that town opperate, i have been harrased based on my appearance by them.. i dont do drugs i dont drink yet im singled out from the momos based on my appearance… you have no idea if they identified themselves when they came through that door. that has not been affirmed by anyone.. if someone breaks into my house and im dead asleep you can bet yer ass im comin out shootin, ill ask questions when the smoke clears, in this country your innocent until proven guilty.. so clear the filth from yer mind and see this in a nuetral manner until the facts are clear and present, the cops have changed there stories on this matter a couple of times… im not saying that they are at fault however just like there are law biding citezens and criminals there are also cops and crooked cops who abuse their power…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Guy-Falkes/100002818174802 Guy Falkes

      Does your slave collar chaff much?

    • http://bullpasturechronicles.blogspot.com/ BullPasture

      The cops had no right to go through the man’s door! What the SWAT team did is the very definition of unreasonable search. There was no reason to bring lethal force to a private residence on the suspicion that he might have a little marijuana. 

    • Larryserfoss

      the cops should be charged with b&e &atempted murder why dont they publish a copy of warrant&what the cause was for &who issued warrant

    • Larryserfoss

      the cops should be charged with b&e &atempted murder why dont they publish a copy of warrant&what the cause was for &who issued warrant

    • Larryserfoss

      the cops should be charged with b&e &atempted murder why dont they publish a copy of warrant&what the cause was for &who issued warrant

    • The Sheep Hearder

      Hell no to hell no the no, Just to let you kno they dont have to have search warrants to enter your home anymore. YOU JUST HAVE TO BE LABLED A TERRORIST. I dont know if you heard of the things washington has been doing but there not constitutionally justified. “Suspected of growing” gets you a warrant….. you need EVIDENCE OF GROWING,thats a violation of rights, and just to let you know if you have 3 days worth of food or home school your kid you’re a SUSPECTED terrorist which means they can do the same thing and send you to a prison without trial and withhold you for as long as they want without telling you what you’ve been charged for or when you will be released. So if your ignorant enough to belive the same authorities that refused blacks the right own a firearm to protect themselves when whites in sheets burned crosses on there yards raped and murdered
      without prosecution then please TELL ME WHY SOMEONE WOULD HAVE NO RIGHT TO DEFEND THEMSELVES FROM A THREAT THAT UNCONSTITUTIONALLY ENTERED YOUR HOME??!?!?!…… Or are you just a sheep?

  • Whiskey_gurl

    Sorry but i disagree  This man was ex military so i wouldnt be one to just suprise him, cuz hes gonna go nuts he was defending his home, shit look what happend last summer when cops busted down a door of ex military man in arizona the man was defending his wife and child and he was gunned down, plus the asshole cops posted a video of him being shot on youtube its not right, no maybe this man shouldnt have been smokin but he couldnt cope, my dad and my grandfather are a bit nuts from being in war some people have to handle their insanity a bit different then others

  • http://www.facebook.com/the42the42 Steven Quinlog

    I just hope people realize how Utterly Stupid the “War On Drugs” is before we REALLY go to war with each other. And Guess Which Side Is Best Armed? Yeah, They Are, Because We Baught It All For Them With Tax Payer Money!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Guy-Falkes/100002818174802 Guy Falkes

      The only thing dumber than the war on drugs is the traitors that support it and enforce it.

  • Bdogg100

    The question shouldn’t be wheter or not Mr. Stewart was right or wrong. But instead, if we want our so called law enforcement being able to get a search warrent for “suspecting” someone of growing a plant for personal use. Granted it’s illegal to “manufacture” and posess marijuana, but I know for a fact that there are plenty of other much much worse offenses not being enforced by the ones who are supposed to serve and protect. If not, then maybe we shouldn’t have so many cops who apparently have nothing better to do.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Guy-Falkes/100002818174802 Guy Falkes

      The cowardly traitors go after who they think will be non violent.

      Hopefully a bunch of the traitors dies on every raid from now on.

      Sooner or later they will run out of traitors stupid enough to join the organization.

      • Dont Wait

        Then comes the u.n

  • Mjjoan 123

    these damn police today think they are gods or something that they can just come in and do what ever with no repercussions what so ever. Too bad things went down the way they did, but it’s the DEA who was in the wrong but they will never admit it. I think they all watch too much tv and think that’s the way LEOs actually are. they are tv wanna be’s LOL.
    OUR DAY WILL COME GUYS JUST HANG IN THERE. THIS SHIT CAN’T GO ON FOREVER. IT’S TIME TO SPEAK OUT AND BE HEARD, NO MORE BULLYING BY THE POLICE!! THEY DO THE EXACT THING THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE PROTECTING THE PUBLIC FROM. THEY BULLY, STEAL OUR POSSESSIONS, FALSELY ACCUSE INNOCENT USERS, DESTROY HOMES AND RUIN FAMILIES, AND FOR WHAT? THIS IS OUT AND OUT BULLYING FOLKS NO MATTER HOW THEY TRY TO SUGAR COAT IT!!!!!   SO THEY CAN HAVE THE GLORY OF A BUST!! NO MATTER WHAT THEY CONFISCATE AND MOST OF WHAT THEY TAKE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ACTUAL BUST DONT’ THINK FOR ONE MINUTE THAT ALL THAT THEY CONFISCATE GOES TO THE DEPT. I WONDER JUST HOW MUCH OF IT ENDS UP IN THEIR POCKET OR HOME? ESPECIALLY THE DRUGS . IT DOES HAPPEN ALL THE TIME I READ ARTICLES ON THAT SUBJECT ALL THE TIME. SO IT’S NOT JUST THE POLITICIANS THAT ARE CORRUPT, IT TRICKLES DOWN TO THE LOWLYEST COP ON THE BEAT.

    • Tmpangela

      But they ignore the illegal population they can go, but the Americans who pay the salaries with our Tax Dollars, well 

    • FIGHT TYRANNY

      Well your wrong its goes to the cartel…. REMEMBER MONEY CAN BUY EVERYTHING!! EVEN THE HEAD OF THE POLICE , STATE ,FEDS , PRESIDENTS! Remember we have the most people in prison then any other country. AND ENJOY THAT NEW AND IMPROVED PATRIOT ACT (see you in GUANTANAMO on the water board)

  • http://www.facebook.com/burningbeard.fya Donovan Bock

    End the war on drugs, charge the surviving cops with armed home invasion. Close down the DEA and give all their money to all the victims of their failed policy, like the family of the thug police officer who was killed while enforcing criminally unjust laws for our tyrannical government, maybe some reparations for all the people who have been murdered in botched no-knock raids too. Punishment for all the other state protected pigs as well. The police are not our friends, they’re no different than MS-13 and other organized bands of criminals, nothing but a legalized gang in blue.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Guy-Falkes/100002818174802 Guy Falkes

      DEA….  Just a branch of the criminal organization called the for profit prison system run by traitors and criminals.

      The entire DEA should be deported, they are not Americans nor have they ever been.  

      Those that hate freedom like the DEA aren’t Americans nor do they deserve to live here.

  • Anonymous

    Too bad he didn’t manage to take them all out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Guy-Falkes/100002818174802 Guy Falkes

      and their boss too, since he is the real murdering traitor.

  • noname

    I say free Matthew and end the war on drugs, legalize, tax and regulate. All these problems will be gone overnight.

  • C4rcorvette

    They ( government ) have been taking our rights away and coming up with laws that distort the constitution enough to give them the means to do whatever they want to do for years now. Granted he may have been doing something illegal but the way they handled it was way out of proportion, and now one of their own is dead. Was there a better way to handle this? Yes. Will they admit it? No. They will just use the picture they found to justify themselves.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Guy-Falkes/100002818174802 Guy Falkes

      There are murderers and rapists walking around free and these cowardly traitors break into a USA Citizens house…. they all deserve to die right up to the top traitor boss.

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  • Gadelbert1

    The father was admitted estranged from his son for 10+ years. Anything he is saying, is simply to try and make sense of his little boy growing up to be a cop killer.  Also, if he didn’t seek medical attention, that prescribed marijuana, it can’t be called “self medication”. Why can’t we just say he was a normal guy that liked to get high? Last point, a specialist in the military that fires 40+ rounds into 5 cops, knows EXACTLY what he is doing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Guy-Falkes/100002818174802 Guy Falkes

      Does your slave collar chaff, you loser lemming.

  • Ronringlersr

    wake me up busting in my house in the middle of my sleep n you probly gonna get shot.

  • Kewnice2

    If you should look at the track record of Ogden police much like other small towns in Utah I am from Wellington/Price these cops are like rabid dogs when they get a call they arent like tv cops i always tell my wife.  I had a cop tell me don’t walk away from me when I called about a barking dog this same cop his name is ed malmgrem I worked with at another time in Price POWER TRIP  The guys growing some weed was it worth that cops life.. 90% are on a power trip if you have ever been pulled by one you will no that.  What ever happened too that guy down south I saw multiple vehicles fly by me to look for him they had a hundred plus if not a thousand cops down in the Moab area he just disappeared.  Had those cops just waited for that guy to come out of his house in the morning too get grocerys or turned his electricity off.  there would not be a widow.  But if you ever know a true cop you know why this is all they are about is adenaline and I have that.  I am 47 and have never been treated well by a cop.  My oldest brother Timothy Charles Smith was murdered by a biker when I was 16 he was a parole and probation officer thats when i respected the police plus 20 years but after the way i have been treated and see others treated god help us all. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Guy-Falkes/100002818174802 Guy Falkes

      Traitors deserve death.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=607119657 Brett Huelsmann

    If you bust in my house in the middle of night while I’m sleeping you will be shot! If you bust into a military members home your lucky to survive! If they have ptsd they wont.

  • Tmpangela

    well, if illegal migrants can do this, why the hell are the police even bothering someone who grows weed for his own use, otherwise a working American who by the way defended our country…. maybe they just wanted the illegal to have his walmart job.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VWS6CY2NHEVA2JBZ2MTGJIEXPE Tom

    If he wasn’t selling, why were the cops busting down his door?  The whole story is not being told. 

  • Hetrade2

    Thank You Mathew Stewart for enforcing our Bill of Rights. We The People know the war on drugs keeps the prisons full, which are corporations with stockholders of Corporate Oppressive Persons (COPS), Judges, Attorneys, and the like. If We The People don’t enforce our Bill of Rights we will lose them which is happening now. A mans home is his Castle. A Right is a Right, is a Right. No Law or Judge can take that away, just like we have a Right to breath.

  • snowbird

    you’ve got to realize that here behind the zion curtain, thats how they get off, and brag about doing their swat raids every nite of the week! well ain’t karma a bitch sometimes – Utah justice: can’t cetch wife or child killers, but they can sure terrorize God’s green HERB!

  • Proud American

    Matthew David Stewart is an American hero. I can’t tell you how satisfying it is to see someone muster the courage to fight back against violent criminal gang members as they terrorize people with their armed home invasions and plant theft, even when the odds are totally against him.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FY6YZUG5GCLGVQFMXUXJWYMJYY redheadrah73

    All for growing a small number of marijuana plants. I wonder what ever brought this guy to their attention to begin with.
    Even Pat Robertson realizes the war on drugs is a joke. Wasting all kinds of money imprisoning ppl for just possessing or consuming marijuana. Alcohol is so much more dangerous,and lethal. All because of some close minded paranoia.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XYDD7AQP4OFEHURUPOKFPVSJAA Jennifer

    God bless Matthew Stewart ~ these terroristic  assaults against our peaceable people must stop!  Warmongers and their unmerciful goonies have their place in the pits of hell! home invasions over a healing Herb and innocent fiber tree = what a joke for freedom and just-us!

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  • Endofthebrandywine

    You see folks they know this war on weed is almost over and they are going all in to try and get what they can. Soon they will not be able to steal weed from people. Soon We The People will push the issue to the tipping point. Stoners ( medical and recreational) keep up the good work, we are winning the war on this crime against humanity. Cops are the true criminals in this war against weed and this needs to be proven and we gain momentum each time they are exposed. I have friends in jail because of this corruption and recently they stole my friends car computers and his strain library pharmacy. We will continue to use our medicine and soon we will do this without concern of being violated by those criminally (currently) in charge of this!

  • Drew

    He’s screwed, unfortunately. Utah is not a medical marijuana state, so he will be treated like a drug dealer by the courts. Prohibition can’t end fast enough.

  • madmatt6773

    The only mistake he made was not killing all of them.

  • The American

    If you think they play the terrorist card when they raid your house for that, wait until they try to take our guns… Lord have mercy on there brainwashed souls.