Saturday, April 27, 2013

Be accused of using a credit card illegally...

...get a visit from the SWAT team.

Nevertheless, Craig led six to ten Sheriff's Deputies into Cameron's residence with guns drawn early in the morning. Those deputies pointed weapons at Cameron, grabbed Cameron by the arms and shoulders, pushed her in the back down a hallway, and then tightly handcuffed her. 

Cameron v. Craig, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 7563, 23-24 (9th Cir. Cal. Apr. 16, 2013)

Here's the facts -

Michelle Cameron worked as a yoga instructor in San Diego. One of her students was San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy David Buether. The two began dating in 2004, and eventually moved in together. Some months later, Cameron became pregnant. Cameron gave birth  [*4] to the couple's first child in October 2006. 
Sometime afterwards, the couple agreed that Cameron should quit her job in order to work as a full-time mother. The couple opened a joint checking account, and because Cameron had no independent source of income, she also frequently used Buether's credit card to make purchases for herself and the family. Although Cameron and Buether were never married, Cameron believed the couple's finances were completely intermingled.2 
2 The evidence of financial intermingling is extensive. For instance, in addition to their joint checking account, Buether and Cameron were co-signers on a $125,000 home equity line to which Cameron had unrestricted access, and were also co-signers on an auto loan for a vehicle that was titled in both Buether's and Cameron's names. 
Cameron and Buether had a second child in March 2008, but their relationship soured later that year when Cameron learned that Buether was having affairs with multiple women. After two alleged incidents of domestic violence, Buether obtained an ex parte restraining and "kick out" order against Cameron. She was removed from the family home by San Diego County Sheriff's Deputies the following day. As  [*5] she was leaving, Cameron asked Buether what she was supposed to do without any belongings. Buether told her to "do what you need to do." 
On October 9, 2008, Cameron moved into a friend's house. A few days later, she used Buether's credit card to purchase furniture and housewares for her new residence. In total, Cameron purchased nearly $9,000 worth of beds, tables, chairs, and other furnishings from for herself and her (and Buether's) children.

Jeez...The police as military occupation troops...

...or so some of them seem to

1 comment:

John Kasaian said...

And you just know those deputies got hazardous/overtime pay!

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