Ogden–Family and friends of Matthew David Stewart will gather Thursday to organize political resistance to the War on Drugs. Stewart is facing the death penalty for an incident in which officers from the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force violently invaded his home, allegedly to investigate marijuana.
“The outpouring of support for Matthew in Utah and across the country has been a welcome reaction to this terrible incident,” says Stewart’s father, Michael Stewart, also of Ogden. “Our goal with this meeting is to thank those supporters, but also organize their passions to raise awareness of Matthew’s case and fight for a sensible and non-violent drug policy.”
The meeting, titled “Keep the Peace,” will be at the Weber County Main library at 24th and Jefferson in Ogden, in the auditorium downstairs, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday April 12.
The group’s political initiatives, as well as a direct support strategy to help Matthew’s defense team, will be unveiled at the meeting, followed by a time for the news media to ask questions.
After the unveiling and question period, Andrew McCullough, a candidate for Utah Attorney General and longtime advocate for a non-violent drug policy, will speak at the event. David Goddridge, a former Los Angles narcotics officer and member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, will also speak.
Matthew David Stewart, a decorated former soldier of the United States Army Airborne and an avid outdoorsman, is facing aggravated murder charges and several other felonies for the January 4 incident. Police invaded Stewart’s home under the alleged authority of a search warrant. Matthew says he believed he was being robbed and felt his life was threatened by the invasion. One officer was killed, while five others were injured–friendly fire is suspected by many to account for some if not all the injuries. No one knows exactly what happened inside the home as traumatized memories of the event are understandably incomplete.
“We feel terrible for the death of Officer Jared Francom, the injuries and trauma of the other officers, as well as the injuries to Matthew,” says Liz Martinez Hoffman, a family friend. “But it’s clear to any thinking person that the violent War on Drugs caused this terrible situation, not Matthew himself. He is also a victim of this situation.”
Prosecutors have slowly provided discovery evidence to the defense and have cut corners in the process of trying to seize Matthew’s home.
- Matthew Defended Himself
- The Fight is Not Over
- Matthew gave up hope of justice
- Ogden Police Mistakes Continue
- Defense Seeks Acquittal
- Matthew’s Case Continues to Jury Trial
- A Victim of Police Violence???
- Officers’ failure to prepare made a violent situation even more dangerous
- Day one preliminary summary!
- A Statement from Matthew’s family
- The Long Awaited Preliminary!
- Matthew thought he was being robbed and his life threatened
- Fundraiser to Support Defense Fund
- POW :Protest the violent war on drugs and support Matthew David Stewart
- Stewart supporters gather to support a non-violent drug policy
- Prosecution selectively releases search warrant, others remain sealed
- Accepting Donations Again!
- Defense denied access to Matthew’s home
- Weber County Officials tainting would-be Jurors
- Seeking a Level Field
- Thank you for your Support!
- Dissatisfaction with Police and Prosecution handling of Matthew’s case
- Despite requests to the prosecution for evidence, Stewart’s lawyer has received nothing
- A Tragic Misunderstanding