January 30, 2009, - 5:00 pm

Now, I’ve Seen Everything: Most Ridiculous Foreclosure Story & How the MSM Lied About It Bigtime

By Debbie Schlussel
The story of Tasha Flowers is incredible for two reasons: 1) it shows the extent of the chutzpah of squatters and trespassers to lie, file lawsuits, and use the courts to avoid justice and remain in homes where they don’t belong, and 2) it shows how the mainstream media simply doesn’t do its job and merely regurgitates, rather than doing any actual original reporting.
Tasha Flowers, a Detroit single mom, broke into a foreclosed home in a fancy Detroit neighborhood and squatted there with her SEVEN children. When police came to escort her and the family out, it was done nicely and orderly, according to neighbors and witnesses from the Neighborhood Association. But Flowers filed a lawsuit against Detroit Police claiming that Detroit Police beat her and her family (they have no pictures or hospital records, according to reports), and that they came to “her” house the next day to apologize, along with gift cards to Walmart and Target and $100.
First watch this report by FOX 2 News Detroit’s Andrea Isom, which shows what’s really going on here.


But that’s not how the Detroit media–both newspapers, the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit Newsistan–covered it. Posted below are their stories. From the way they “report,” er . . . regurgiatate it, you’d never know that this was a foreclosed home that Ms. Flowers didn’t own, nor did she belong in it, and that she was a squatter. They don’t even report the real reason why police were there–ie., to escort her out. Nope. Both reporters, George Hunter and Zlati Meyer, merely regurgitated what the lawsuit claimed and didn’t do any of their own reporting. Had they done so, as FOX 2 News’ Andrea Isom did, they’d have discovered this woman doesn’t belong in the house. And something’s seriously wrong with the Detroit Police Department’s press people for not telling them about this tiny detail (that the woman was squatting and it isn’t her home).
Even worse, many national media outlets picked up on their phony stories, including the Chicago Tribune, MSNBC, etc., all of whom reported on the alleged Detroit police brutality, and none of whom reported that this woman is a squatter.
Yet another reason why you can’t believe anything you read in the papers.
Detroit Newsistan:

Cash and gift cards from Walmart and Target stores were allegedly offered as bribes to a 36-year-old woman if she agreed to keep quiet about a group of officers who broke into her home and assaulted her and her children, the woman claims in a lawsuit.
Attorneys for Tasha Flowers filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Wayne County Circuit Court, seeking $15 million in damages stemming from the alleged Jan. 3 incident.
Flowers claims in the lawsuit that several Detroit police officers from the department’s Western District responded to a neighbor’s complaint that she was selling drugs in her home on Shrewsbury. The police rushed into Flowers’ home without her permission and without a search warrant.
“They showed up at my door and pointed a gun at me,” Flowers said. “Then the officers pushed past me into my house and started asking me about drugs and guns. They pushed my daughter, and threw me to the ground and twisted my arm. Then the lieutenant grabbed my 14-year-old son in a chokehold until he was unconscious.”
Flowers said the group of about 10 officers began assaulting her other six children, ages 8 to 17, who she said suffered cuts, scrapes and bruises.
Then, the next day, Flowers said the lieutenant in charge of the officers paid a second visit to her home.
“He said he felt bad about what he’d done, and asked if there was anything he could do to make up for it,” Flowers said. “Then he offered me two gift cards: One from Walmart and Target; and $100.”
Flowers said she turned over the money and gift cards to Detroit Police Internal Affairs investigators.
Cmdr. Brian Stair of the Internal Affairs Section acknowledged that investigators are looking into the allegations.

Detroit Free Press:

A Detroit woman and her seven children ages 9-18 are suing the Detroit Police Department for $15 million, because they allege officers attacked them without provocation in their home earlier this month.
Tasha Flowers said Thursday that approximately 14 police officers barged into her home in the 19000 block of Shrewsbury about 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 3 without a search warrant, demanding to know where drugs and guns were. After she explained she didn’t have any, she said they twisted her arm and tried to handcuff her, while her children and two of their friends were there.
The following day, a police officer came back with $25 gift certificates to Wal-Mart and Target, $100 in cash and the promise to bring a cashmere coat because he felt bad about the alleged attack, Flowers said.
“It was awful; it was a nightmare,” she said. “Every time I think about it, I see him punching my kids.”
The officers terrorized the 10 people in the house for close to two hours, court documents indicate.
Sandra Flowers, 13, who suffered bruises to her neck and chest, said officers used the N-word during the attack.
“I saw them beating on them, stomping on them, kicking,” she said.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court, doesn’t identify any of the officers, except a Lt. Rashawn, because the police department hasn’t released the runs sheets, attorney Karri Mitchell explained.
“It’s under investigation by Internal Affairs,” Detroit Police Sgt. Eren Stephens Bell said Thursday.

Again, proof positive you shouldn’t believe anything you read in the newspapers.

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16 Responses

What did Ann Coulter just teach us about single mothers and the pathologies they bring about for their children. There are so many obvious questions that need to be asked, it makes my head hurt.
[MW: AHEM. MANY PEOPLE, INCLUDING ME, HAVE BEEN WRITING ABOUT SINGLE MOTHERS AND THE PATHOLOGIES THEY BRING ABOUT FOR THEIR CHILDREN, FOR MORE THAN THE LAST DECADE. I LOVE ANN, BUT SHE IS NEW TO THIS TOPIC ABOUT WHICH MANY HAVE WRITTEN OVER SEVERAL DECADES. AND, NO OFFENSE, BUT IF SHE IS THE ONE WHO "JUST TAUGHT YOU ABOUT SINGLE MOTHERS, ETC." THEN YOU'VE BEEN LIVING IN ANOTHER UNIVERSE FOR THE LAST THREE DECADES. HERE'S JUST ONE OF THE MANY THINGS I'VE WRITTEN ON EXACTLY THESE THINGS OVER THE LAST DECADE-PLUS:
http://www.debbieschlussel.com/columns/column040605.shtml
AND I OFTEN TALKED ABOUT THIS ON MY RADIO SHOW. AND ONE OTHER THING: ANN LETS SINGLE MOTHERS OFF THE HOOK WAY TOO EASY. AFTER FIRST SAYING THAT THEY ARE SELFISH (THE TRUTH), SHE THEN WIMPED OUT AND WENT ON TV ALL OVER THE PLACE, SAYING THAT SINGLE MOTHERS AREN'T THE BAD ONES, THAT SOCIETY THAT PROMOTES THIS CULTURE IS. UM, HELLO, BUT WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR ACTIONS. SOCIETY IS IN PART RESPONSIBLE. BUT THE WOMAN WHO CHOOSES TO HAVE KIDS ALONE IS MORE SO. SINGLE MOTHERS ARE SELFISH AND KNOW BETTER. BUT THEY DO IT ANYWAY. DS]

MarvinW on January 30, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Good for you, Debbie, the Detroit Police need all the friends they can get with the newspapers around here s–ting all over them. They have a heck of a hard job and deserve none of the dumping the local hacks have done to them.

samurai on January 30, 2009 at 11:46 pm

Debbie, I think the use of the N-word here probably refers to neer-do-well.

Anonymous1 on January 31, 2009 at 12:33 am

Why was she not arrested for breaking and entering private property and making false statements to the Police.
This woman is a common criminal and her attornery should be disbarred for not showing due diligence before accepting a case.

ScottyDog on January 31, 2009 at 3:10 am

DETROIT:
The first place the 6′ diameter enema tube should be inserted.

billybob on January 31, 2009 at 4:51 am

My father is a retired police officer. I’ve known a lot of police officers. I’ve never known a single one that would do or condone such a thing. She would have to have outside collaboration before I’d believe one thing she said. She’s a common criminal trying to hold up the police department and the city. She belongs in jail, not trying to extort 15 million dollars.

pitter43 on January 31, 2009 at 9:27 am

This is a sad story. Tying Ann Coulter’s findings about which groups are eligible for victumhood and how they are entitled to reparations is sickening. Burglary is still illegal. She is a burglar and breaking and entering is a felony. In these civil suits, victums are represented by council that assumes the perperpatrators of harm are guilty until proven innocent. I hope they charge her with damages and breaking in.

seven on January 31, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Isnt that Jackie Chiles (of Seinfeld) the attorney?
Garden variety scumbag who cases a neighborhood, finds out no one is living there and comes in the middle of the night and uses situational morals to argue they are the victims. Uses her children as shields to justify her situation. Similar to illegals who have children and then claim you have no moral authority to “separate” families.
I know a friend who literally had to “hire” someone to live in his vacant property so squatters…err “meth” heads wouldn’t trash his property. After finding out meth heads were using his place as a dope house, he had to get restraining order and sheriff to deliver it on John Does so they couldn’t squat. He then later “hired” someone to live there so no other scumbags would come on property.

californiascreaming on January 31, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Sadly, all I can say to this story is:
If this were a white woman and her seven spawn illegally squatting inside this house, she would be in jail and her spawn would be in the custody of the state. Count on more of this now that we have the afirmative action usurper squatting in the big house.

wolf2012 on January 31, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Some people who have seven chidren are responsible members of society.

MarySJ on January 31, 2009 at 6:47 pm

I feel so stupid being a decent person! Why, I could have moved into a foreclosed home and told the police to mind their own business. The way some people get off that easy infuriates me. Why don’t I do what I just said? I was brought up with the right values and pay for what I get and the fact some people take advantage of society doesn’t make what they do right.
NEVER!

NormanF on January 31, 2009 at 11:01 pm

This story only adds to my feelings of impending doom for this great country. Just look at the birth rates, and the numbers predict our fate. From degenerates as this woman, to the Middle East woman who just delivered 8 more future terrorists, on top of the 6 she already has!
BHO has only made these types feel more empowered. By the end of his term, we will be more divided than ever.

VBurckard on February 1, 2009 at 7:58 am

Debbie, the only reason I mentioned Ann was that she recently discussed it. I agree with you that single motherhood is not something to aspire to. I am aware that the subject has been discussed for “decades” as you put it. Also, I used to work in government and I have seen young girls bring in birth certificates for children with different last names.

MarvinW on February 1, 2009 at 10:21 am

This was a common tactic in the last real estate slowdown, squatting that could become an adverse real estate acquisition if left unattended. Unfortunately many banks paid thousands of dollars to these scammers if they agreed to leave. The banks reasoned it was cheaper that way. Now that their money is in large part from our Treasury, they shouldn’t be allowed to use bailout money for this dubious payout.
In some states, it can take six months to get rid of someone that moves into your house and doesn’t pay rent despite signing a lease. This is also another scam to watch out for if you have rental properties. This type of scammer might actually be very well of, so check those references and backgrounds! One guy pulled it off in a 7 million dollar home for six months!

JT on February 1, 2009 at 11:13 am

The TV reporter doing the story was pretty annoying with her downward hand gestures and her hyper speech. But at least she did report what the neighbors had to say about the situation.
Sounds like another Duke lacrosse style scam.

Greg on February 1, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Working in the industry I can assure you that there is no way this woman got a lease on a foreclosed property. Banks that own these properties won’t let a buyer who is buying the property and has their loan ready to go move in early. They just won’t budge on this. This chick is lying through her teeth.
It’s very simple; let her provide the lease. Did she have utilities on in the house? And how is it that a single woman with that many kids could afford the rent on a house of that size?
As to the thirteen year old daughter, she sure has a pretty neck. Did it heal already from all the scratching and pushing?

Isabellathecrusader on February 3, 2009 at 1:25 am

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