Greenfield residents seek answers in SWAT raid death

Rita Serrato, mother of Rogelio Serrato, left, addresses the Greenfield City Council as Judy Morales translates Tuesday. Full Story
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Concerned Citizen

Monterey, CA

#1 Jan 12, 2011
If you allow gangsters to live in your neighborhood, it's a decent bet that the SWAT team might show up to a house on your street someday. Please do not act like such a thing is a surprise.
socogrl

Monterey, CA

#4 Jan 12, 2011
Why are all the people going to the Greenfield City Coucil meeting? The City had nothing to do with what happened. If they want answers then they should attend a Board of Supervisors meeting.
Gang banger lifestyle

Monterey, CA

#5 Jan 12, 2011
I don't feel sorry for a criminal who was to much of a girly man to come out and face his charges. There were people there who knew he was medicated but they said nothing????? Join a gang die early!
scout

Seaside, CA

#6 Jan 12, 2011
Pleeez.. he had his chance to leave the house. It was his choice to stay in the house.
Its sad that he died. but, he could have talked with the police and cleared his name. but he didn't. The SWAT was doing their job and if he was not involved then she should have come out.
YGBSM

Pacific Grove, CA

#7 Jan 12, 2011
Way to go swat team wrote:
""When do we ever have a SWAT team come into Greenfield?" said resident Jaime Soto.
"I wonder to myself who's protecting Greenfield?" said Serrato's father-in-law Albert Magdaleno. "It hurts. Our leaders weren't there for us.""
If these are the feelings of the residents of Greenfield, I am never stepping foot in that city again! I'm guessing at least half of the attendees of this meeting were illegal aliens - too bad the border patrol didn't have a bus there waiting for them.
Anyone who feels sad over the loss of someone who didn't want to follow the laws of this country can try living in Mexico for a while.
I'll repeat that I'm sorry the shooter turned himself in and didn't die by police bullets- now I get to pay for his stay in a prison somewhere!
Let's hope the gangs all finish each other off this year. So far the violence in Salinas would point to that conclusion.
Best post of the year so far. My sentiments exactly!
Mexi Defense Attorney

AOL

#8 Jan 12, 2011
Hey, just make it a felony for any and all police agencies to enter Greenfield for any reason. Throw the Greenfield police out too. Who needs them interefering with the local criminals? That way the criminals won't have to deal with any crimes they commit in, or out, of Greenfield. Especially with any issues relating to people with active warrants and also attempted murder suspects that commit their crimes in other jurisdictions.

The Mayor and City Council could proclaim Greenfield as autonomous province of Mexico that is free from any U.S. County, State, or Fed. laws and/or any law enforcement activities.. End of case.

Now, where's the pity party fiesta going to be held. I want to get there early to offer my services for those that want to file a lawsuit.

Answer Man

Pacific Grove, CA

#9 Jan 12, 2011
For the "residents" of Greenfield, here are the answers.

1. All the man had to do was come out of his house when asked. If he had done nothing, he would have been released.

2. If you are here illegally, not only should you not complain, but you need to go back to Mexico. You have NO rights here, except the right to leave.

Since: Jun 10

Pacific Grove, CA

#10 Jan 12, 2011
This man was told to vacate the house by police. What did he expect to happen? I read he also had outstanding warrants so apparently that was his motivation. How can you explain the police for his lack of action?
See ya

Salinas, CA

#12 Jan 12, 2011
Answer Man wrote:
For the "residents" of Greenfield, here are the answers.
1. All the man had to do was come out of his house when asked. If he had done nothing, he would have been released.
2. If you are here illegally, not only should you not complain, but you need to go back to Mexico. You have NO rights here, except the right to leave.
Might I say the OBLIGATION to leave.
WHY

Salinas, CA

#13 Jan 12, 2011
Where do people learn to disobey POLICE? Why didnt he come out when he had the opportunity with the other occupants? When we find out the 'how', we will be more informed.
Purple83

King City, CA

#14 Jan 12, 2011
Easy for everyone here to comment on someone you did not know personally, people here are mistaking what the first article published was stating about THE shooter, stating HE was turning his life around as stated by one of his previous public defenders. Just a bunch of pigs here who dont have the common descency to see what really happend here, regardless of race, yes he was legal! and yes he might have had prior criminal offenses, no he did not come out of his home....all that is still being investigated and as soon as we all find out why, no one has the right to judge! Have some respect for the family. No one knows what one feels towards a situation that regards someone close to you or your family until it happends to YOU! People like you represent our central coast, pure dissapointment. Look at the woman in the photograph, his wheeping mother, you can see the pain in her soul. What if that was your mother........my condolences to the mother of Roger Serrato.......
Miss M

Carmel, CA

#15 Jan 12, 2011
This was WRONG and they need to be held accountable. They made a mistake, and are now scared to face consequences. They took an innocent man's LIFE. They need to be punished. This is dirty and scary. We can't feel safe in our own home anymore.
Marcia

Monterey, CA

#16 Jan 12, 2011
WHY wrote:
Where do people learn to disobey POLICE?
http://i.imgur.com/OByA1.jpg
Miss M

Carmel, CA

#17 Jan 12, 2011
They did not go into the house before throwing anything inside, nor was there a CLEAR confirmation the suspect they were looking for was inside the house AT THE TIME SWAT ARRIVED, OBVIOUSlY, or none of this would've happened!!!! Im sooo soo sorry for the family's loss. Pursue Justice and TRUTH.
sadden

Seaside, CA

#18 Jan 12, 2011
Its sad he died, BUT what was the police suppose to do, they came to the house, knew someone was in there and they are following up a shooting. OK, they should have left and said, oh sorry, he won't come out, let's just leave and hope he's not a wanted criminal.

Get out of here!

The police have a job and their job was to goto that house and get and question anyone who was in it and remember, they are investigating a shooter (maybe a gang member) who is armed. They did what they had to do, they demanded anyone in the house to come out and even waited a long time before taking action.

So sad, but they had a job to do and did it!
Welldoyapunk

Salinas, CA

#19 Jan 12, 2011
Very disappointing to see a community made up mostly of hard working people many trying to make a better life for themselves and their families show this type of anger towards law enforcement that is only there to protect them and their family from the gang culture that is killing their young, and the dreams of their families as they risked everything by coming here for something better.

Where is this community outrage and crowd that showed up last night in Greenfield when a gang banger shoots someone there?
These people should be ashamed of showing such support for the gang and disrespect for the law in their city.
Way to go swat team

Monterey, CA

#20 Jan 12, 2011
To the two people that think my comment was mean, please go try living in Mexico and see how they treat you. Perhaps you've already lived in Mexico and you're here illegally... Please feel free to not let the door hit you on the way out.

Yes- there are plenty of honest, hard working Mexican immigrants (who at least go to the trouble of getting a green card) that live among us - but the people who raise kids like these low life scumbags in the news are not helping anyone.

It actually warmed my heart that the family was upset over the comments they're reading in the news outlets! They should be upset!(At themselves for allowing their family member to live the life they did) These gang bangers are no better than terrorists, and I for one would welcome a more violent response to their tactics. I hope the swat team is more active in future. Please Sheriff Miller, if you're reading this - the community is desperate for your intervention. You're off to a good start - please keep your eye on the target!
Kevin

Seaside, CA

#21 Jan 12, 2011
... all he had to do was come out of the house.
Way to go swat team

Monterey, CA

#22 Jan 12, 2011
Purple83 wrote:
Look at the woman in the photograph, his wheeping mother, you can see the pain in her soul. What if that was your mother........my condolences to the mother of Roger Serrato.......
My mother would be ashamed of me too if I beat up women and resisted arrest.
SharksFan79

Salinas, CA

#23 Jan 12, 2011
Miss M wrote:
They did not go into the house before throwing anything inside, nor was there a CLEAR confirmation the suspect they were looking for was inside the house AT THE TIME SWAT ARRIVED, OBVIOUSlY, or none of this would've happened!!!! Im sooo soo sorry for the family's loss. Pursue Justice and TRUTH.
Yeah it's a Tragedy for the family that their home was burned because their son refused to listen to directions for over 90 minutes. You can say it's the PD's fault all you want, but the Family came out of thier home and the son REFUSED, maybe he didn't deserve to die, but he should have been a man about it and come out when they asked him to. He let down his family by hiding and encouraging the PD to take action.

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