District Attorney John Chisholm is no better than an organized crime boss… because he IS a criminal running an organization, the state.
Meet yet another poster child for severely limited government: Milwaukee County, Wisconsin District Attorney, John Chisholm.
Here’s a review of his actions from the Daily Signal: “Wisconsin Home Invasions: When the Government Upends Democracy.”
These raids—engineered by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm—represented nothing less than an attempt to upend democracy, to use law enforcement to thwart the will of the people and punish political enemies.
Because he opposed Republican Gov. Scott Walker—especially his reform of Wisconsin public employee unions—Chisholm used his position and a unique Wisconsin law to harass, threaten and embarrass Walker’s supporters and other Wisconsin conservatives.
Using a legitimate criminal case as a pretext, he opened a “John Doe” investigation and went after Walker’s office and anyone remotely connected to him. The unique provisions of John Doe law “permits Wisconsin officials to conduct extensive investigations while keeping the target’s identity secret.”
The covert investigation’s methods created a low-accountability recipe perfect for political targeting. Investigators took very public actions like home invasions in populated neighborhoods, and their targets could do nothing to defend themselves—not even contact a lawyer during the raids. Nor were they permitted to give any explanation to save their reputations.
As long as men like this are allowed to severely abuse their power and authority—to be completely lawless and terrorize innocent citizens, in the name of the law—no one is safe.
These draconian tactics had the desired effect. Organizations were subpoenaed for all their business records. The Wisconsin Club for Growth had to shut down fundraising because they could no longer guarantee that donors’ privacy would be protected.
And as long as law enforcement officers are willing to be disgusting pawns in outrageous criminal acts, they deserve every bit of the blowback when the darkness is exposed. When officers are more concerned about preserving their paycheck and obeying lawless orders than they are about upholding their oath to the Constitution, they are not worthy of the badge.
Imagine if one of these completely innocent homeowners had opened fire and killed an officer–or even worse, if an officer had murdered one of them. And make no mistake, when law enforcement uses such tactics against people who know they’re not guilty of any crime, there’s a definite risk of tragedy.
I put myself in their place: I know there’s zero reason for any kind of Gestapo raid on my house, so in a similar event I’m going to legitimately assume whoever is breaking into my house is a criminal impersonating police. This madness of SWAT-type raids for non-violent offenses needs to end, everywhere, and immediately.
John Chisholm should be in prison, and forfeit every benefit of his office. Period.